The Sports Xchange
The San Francisco 49ers announced the hiring of former nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch as the 11th general manager in franchise history on Monday. Lynch, 45, is a four-time Hall of Fame finalist, including for the Class of 2017. He played college football at Stanford before enjoying a 15-year NFL career with the Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, serving as a captain of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII championship team. He spent the past eight years as a color analyst for Fox Sports' football coverage.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will never be the same after the league's handling of the Deflategate scandal. Kraft had a once-close partnership with Goodell until the commissioner handed down a four-game suspension that quarterback Tom Brady served at the beginning of this season along with a $1 million fine to the team and the forfeiture of a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round choice in this year's draft.
Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf after a 17-month injury hiatus won't include a weekend on the links. The 41-year-old Woods shot even-par 72 on the Torrey Pines North Course on Friday to complete two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-over total of 148, four shots over the projected cut. Woods has won eight professional tournaments on the course in La Jolla, Calif. -- including the 2008 U.S. Open -- but was unable to get into a groove in his return from multiple back surgeries.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned defenseman Mike Reilly to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Friday, Jan. 27. Reilly, 23, recorded14 shots on goal and averaged 12:45 in time on ice per game in 13 contests with Minnesota this season. He tallied 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 29 games with Iowa. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound Reilly owns seven points (one goal, six assists) in 42 career NHL games with Minnesota.
Zach LaVine has decided against dunking for a three-peat. The Minnesota Timberwolves' guard won the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend each of the past two seasons but announced Thursday, Jan. 26, that he won't compete in this season's event in New Orleans. Nobody has ever won the event in three straight years. "I feel like I've accomplished everything I could in the dunk contest," the 21-year-old LaVine told reporters on Thursday. "It would be hard for me to go back and outdo myself."
The NFL released data on Thursday, Jan. 26, that detailed fewer concussions were sustained in 2016 than in the previous year. Data compiled by QuintilesIMS Injury Surveillance and Analytics showed the total number of concussions reported in all practices, preseason and regular-season games in 2016 was 244, an 11.3 percent dip from the 275 reported in 2015.
Bill Belichick watched every game the Atlanta Falcons played in 2016 and probably more, and the one constant opened the eyes of the New England Patriots' head coach. "Speed," Belichick said Thursday. "Everybody they give the ball to on offense can score from 80 yards away. And defense, at every position, they're fast." Belichick said communication and sound fundamentals are the essentials for the Patriots to slow down Atlanta's potent offense, led by MVP candidate Matt Ryan at quarterback, home-run threat Devonta Freeman at running back and wide receiver Julio Jones.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Trevor Thompson had a career-high 19 points and Ohio State beat Minnesota 78-72 on Wednesday night in a Big Ten game at Value City Arena. JaQuan Lyle made two free throws and Thompson hit one with six seconds left to seal the win. An 11-2 Minnesota run had cut Ohio State's lead to one with four minutes left. Marc Loving, who also had 19 points for the Buckeyes, hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to put Ohio State up 75-69.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is scheduled to undergo another eye surgery in April. Zimmer, who admitted that he still can't see out of his right eye, missed a regular-season game against the Dallas Cowboys in December after having emergency surgery to repair a torn retina. The 60-year-old returned to the sideline the next week sporting sunglasses and a bandage. "Hopefully that will fix it," Zimmer said, via the Dallas Morning News. Zimmer had a torn retina in his right eye repaired following an Oct. 31 game at Chicago. He required a second surgery Nov. 8.
At age 77, broadcaster Brent Musburger is ready to step away from the microphone following decades as a marquee voice in sports. Musburger, a former sportswriter, became the voice of CBS in the 1980s. He grew to prominence as part of the NFL pregame show "NFL Today" on CBS and was part of the top broadcast team for all major sporting events in the network just years later.