The Sports Xchange
DETROIT -- Both the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings find themselves skating in uncharted areas as the NHL regular season winds down, and neither is excited by their current course. The Wings were winners Sunday as the two teams met at Joe Louis Arena, Andreas Athanasiou scoring on a breakaway 1:52 into overtime to give the Wings a 3-2 win over the Wild. For the Wings, who are now 4-1-1 in their last six games, they are playing for tomorrow. Detroit will miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 seasons.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Juan Agudelo scored two goals to lead the New England Revolution in a 5-2 rout of Minnesota United FC for their first victory of the season Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney also scored for New England (1-2-0), which has won its last five home matches dating to last season. Collen Warner and Brent Kallman scored for Minnesota United (0-3-1), which has allowed a league-worst 18 goals in its first four matches. Cody Cropper made three saves for the Revolution.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly asking for a premium price on the open market, and teams are not willing to meet the demand. Peterson remains unsigned during free agency and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that it is because the asking price is too high. A source from a team in the market for a running back told ESPN that Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of a contract.
Florida offered its women's basketball coaching job to San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, according to multiple reports Friday. Hammon, from Rapid City, S.D., became one of the few female assistant coaches in NBA history when she was hired by the Spurs in 2014. She has no previous head-coaching experience. A published report says the 40-year-old Hammon is struggling with whether or not to accept the job. One of her goals is to become the NBA's first female head coach.
The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract on Friday. Sanchez is expected to back up starter Mike Glennon for the Bears, who are coming off a 3-13 season and finished last in the NFC North. The 30-year-old Sanchez, the New York Jets' 2009 first-round pick (fifth overall) out of USC, visited with the Bears on Thursday and now joins his fifth NFL team.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino could be in for a few hectic Sundays at replay headquarters. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that all NFL replays will be subject to approval by Blandino, not the referee on the field. "We are going to centralize the replay back here in New York," Goodell told ESPN. "Dean Blandino will have the final decision. We think that will move it much quicker." How the league will handle the circumstance of simultaneous replays in separate games is uncertain.
Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings finalized their agreement with wide receiver Adam Thielen on Tuesday, the team announced. The contract extension is reportedly worth $17 million over three years with $11 million guaranteed. Thielen was a restricted free agent and the Vikings initially tendered him at the second-round compensation level of $2.746 million. The Detroit Lakes native is under club control through the 2020 campaign.
Fans and the NBA's television partners are voicing displeasure at teams' practice of resting star players, and commissioner Adam Silver responded Monday by sending a memo to team owners in which called the sitting of marquee players "an extremely significant issue for our league."
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.