The Sports Xchange
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.
Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews underwent treatment for cervical cancer earlier this football season and is now clear of the disease, she told the website MMQB. Andrews said she learned she had cervical cancer in September on the Saturday prior to the NFL's Week 3 games. She underwent surgery on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles and was working the sidelines the following Sunday in Green Bay.
Ben Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh station 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Jan. 24, that he is not ready to commit to playing next season after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 36-17 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. The two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler implied in the radio interview that he is considering retirement.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday, Jan. 23. Gabriel, 23, has one assist, 29 penalty minutes and 26 hits in 13 games with Minnesota this season. The native of Newmarket, Ontario, recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Dec. 7 at Toronto and ranks third on the team in penalty minutes. He owns one assist and 39 penalty minutes in 16 career NHL games with Minnesota. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Gabriel has six goals, one assist and 40 penalty minutes in 25 games with Iowa this season.
ATLANTA — Matt Ryan piloted high-flying Atlanta to a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference Championship game on Sunday as the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl for just the second time. Quarterback Ryan underlined his credentials as the favorite for National Football League most valuable player honor, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another to reach the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston, where Atlanta will take on either the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnny Manziel craves a return to the NFL and the embattled quarterback said he is now a sober person. Manziel told ESPN on Friday that he achieved sobriety without professional help and is focused on becoming a better person. The former member of the Cleveland Browns said he appreciates all the people who helped him "during the truly rough patches" in 2016. Manziel made reference to his behavior on his Twitter account: "No lie.. I was a douche in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."
Seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson revealed three teams he'd consider in free agency should he not return to the Minnesota Vikings next season. Peterson admitted on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday, Jan. 19, that he'd like to suit up for the Vikings in 2017, but would join the New York Giants, Houston Texans or Tampa Bay Buccaneers if a deal isn't worked out.
The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, Jan. 19. Reilly has yet to record a point and averaged 12:57 of ice time while playing in nine games with Minnesota this season. The 23-year-old, who has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 38 career NHL contests, has collected four goals and 11 assists in 29 games with Iowa this season. The move comes one day after fellow blue-liner Jonas Brodin was announced to be sidelined for four weeks because of a fractured finger.
NEW YORK — Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, first baseman Jeff Bagwell and outfielder Tim Raines on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may get one of their injured defensemen back soon, but now they have lost a forward, as veteran Matt Cullen is expected to miss three to four weeks after being hit by a shot on his right skate on Monday. The 40-year-old former Moorhead Spuds standout has eight goals and nine assists in 43 games, and he has not missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season. Cullen is the Penguins' fourth-line center, as well as their top penalty killing forward and a respected player in the dressing room.