The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Murphy posted a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Iowa 101-89 in double overtime in a Big Ten Conference game Wednesday night at Williams Arena. Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten). Akeem Springs had 17 points, Amir Coffey added 13 and Reggie Lynch recorded six of his team's 14 blocked shots. Peter Jok had 28 points and nine rebounds for Iowa (14-11, 6-6). Isaiah Moss scored 19 points, and Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and eight assists.
The Minnesota Timberwolves officially signed guard Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract on Monday, giving the veteran another shot to play in the NBA. The Timberwolves are Stephenson's sixth team in seven seasons. "My job is to work hard, prove my point and show everybody I belong in this league," Stephenson said after the Timberwolves' shootaround before Wednesday night's home game against the Toronto Raptors.
The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Gustav Olofsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. The team also reassigned defenseman Mike Reilly to Iowa. Olofsson, 22, recorded 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 45 games with Iowa this season. He ranks tied for first on the team in assists. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Boras, Sweden, owns 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists) in 106 career AHL games.
If Gisele Bundchen had her way, Tom Brady would have called it a career after winning his record fifth Super Bowl championship on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Patriots quarterback told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bundchen, his wife of eight years, pleaded with him to retire after leading New England to a come-from-behind 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
BOSTON — Thousands of Patriots fans packed the streets of Boston on a cold, snowy Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and New England's fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy during the team's championship parade. Riding in the city's signature duck boats, the Patriots slowly made their way down Boylston Street in downtown Boston before making a left turn onto Tremont Street on the way to City Hall.
The game-winning jersey Tom Brady wore en route to his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award was still missing Monday morning. NFL.com posted a locker room video Sunday night showing Brady telling New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, "Someone stole my game jersey." Kraft replies, jokingly, "You'd better look online." USA Today reported that Brady searched unsuccessfully for the white No.
Major League Baseball has made formal proposals to the players' union to make changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, ESPN.com reported Monday. The innovations can't be implemented without approval of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The union is currently in the process of getting feedback from the players on the proposed changes, sources told ESPN. With Grapefruit and Cactus League spring training games beginning on Feb. 24, an agreement would have to be reached soon to take effect this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In a battle of Big Ten teams desperate for a victory, Minnesota's early second-half burst set the stage for a 68-59 victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Junior center Reggie Lynch paced a balanced attack with 15 points and six rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-7, 4-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Senior guard Akeem Springs contributed 14 points while junior point guard Nate Mason and freshman guard Amir Coffey added 13 apiece.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick declared Friday, Jan. 3, that he is officially retired, approximately 48 hours before his former team plays in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 whose tenure in Atlanta ended in disgrace when he was arrested for running a dogfighting operation and spent 21 months in federal prison. He didn't play at all in 2016 and that helped Vick see it was time to move on.
The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Alex Tuch from Iowa of the American Hockey League and re-signed goaltender Alex Stalock on Thursday. Tuch, who has yet to play a regular-season game with Minnesota, collected 11 goals and as many assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 34 contests with Iowa this season. The 20-year-old leads the team with a plus-10 rating while his 22 points rank second on the club.