The Sports Xchange
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — After getting crushed in its first two MLS matches, Minnesota United played the Colorado Rapids to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Dominique Badji and Marlon Hairston scored for Colorado (1-1-1). Kevin Molino and Christian Ramirez scored for Minnesota (0-2-1), which was outscored 11-2 in its first two matches.
The Oakland Raiders are considering a move to acquire retired running back Marshawn Lynch, according to reports Friday. Lynch, who retired from the NFL and Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 season, could be an option for the Raiders this season either through trade or by his release, league sources told ESPN and NFL Network. Lynch's playing rights are owned by the Seahawks as he has two years remaining on his contract. He has been on the reserve/retired list since May 2016.
RALEIGH, N.C.—Victor Rask scored with 3:24 left and Eddie Lack stopped 30 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night. Rask darted out of the corner and made a beeline to the net to stuff the game winner past Devan Dubnyk, who was gunning for his 37th victory of the season. Elias Lindholm assisted on Rask's 16th of the season to extend his point streak to five straight games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss the rest of the season with an injured left foot. Bjelica underwent an MRI exam on Thursday to determine the severity. The team said he will seek additional opinions to determine the correct treatment option. The Serbian was injured during Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics and was sporting a walking boot after the contest. Bjelica recently emerged as a key reserve for the Timberwolves. He was averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds over his past nine games.
SALT LAKE CITY—Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Johnathan Williams collected 14 rebounds to lead top seeded Gonzaga to a 66-46 victory over 16th-seeded South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 16. The Bulldogs (33-1) trailed much of the first half, but pulled away after halftime after holding the Jackrabbits to 29 percent shooting in the second half. Gonzaga forced 13 turnovers and held South Dakota State (18-17) without a field goal for long stretches.
One NHL game and one college basketball game scheduled for Tuesday night, March 14, were postponed due to the massive snowstorm that hit the East Coast. The NHL game between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils was postponed due to Winter Storm Stella and rescheduled for March 28. The NIT game between UNC Greensboro and Syracuse in central New York also was affected. It was moved back one night to Wednesday.
The Oakland Raiders added another weapon for quarterback Derek Carr on Monday, signing free agent wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last season Patterson finished with a career-high 52 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings and was named to his second All-Pro First Team as a kick returner. Patterson averaged 31.7 yards per kick return and led the NFL for the third time in four seasons. He totaled 25 kickoff returns for 792 yards and one touchdown.
The Carolina Panthers signed unrestricted free agent left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million contract on Friday. The move unites the former VIking Kalil with his brother, five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.
The Philadelphia Eagles will get the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after winning a coin toss with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, March 3. The Eagles hold the Vikings' first-round selection after the trade last season that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota. The Vikings finished the season tied with the Colts for the No. 14 position in the draft order as both teams were 8-8 with identical strength-of-schedule ratings (.492), thus forcing the coin flip that took place at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The NFL salary cap will be $167 million per team for the 2017 season, an increase of $12 million over last year. The upcoming season will be the fourth consecutive year the cap has risen at least $10 million, and since 2012 it has been increased by about $47 million. The first cap in 1994 was $34.6 million. The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans are among the teams with the most cap space when free agency begins March 9.