The Sports Xchange
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.
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.
On the heels of one of football's greatest players saying he "would have never played" the game today because of health risks including concussions, Bo Jackson is expressing concern about fellow Auburn alum and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The 54-year-old Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Raiders and All-Star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, said he cringes every time the 2015 NFL MVP takes a hit to the head.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he regrets the language he used while discussing the New England Patriots in his postgame address to the team after Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Tomlin's speech, in which he said the Steelers "spotted those (expletive Patriots) a day and a half" of preparation time for next Sunday's AFC title game, was streamed live on Facebook by wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer doesn't know when Teddy Bridgewater will return in 2017 as the quarterback recovers from a torn ACL and left knee dislocation. Zimmer told ESPN on Sunday morning, Jan. 15, that the 24-year-old Bridgewater will return the "middle of the year, beginning of the year or end of the year." Bridgewater was injured during a non-contact drill at practice on Aug. 30, ending his 2016 season. "We don't know when Teddy will be back," Zimmer said Sunday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills reached agreements to add three coaches to their staff, including defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Along with Frazier, also joining new head coach Sean McDermott's staff are linebackers coach Bob Babich, a former North Dakota State head coach, and Juan Castillo (offensive line/run game coordinator). Frazier, who spent three-plus seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings after taking the job on an interim basis in 2010, was the secondary coach with the Baltimore Ravens this past season.
The NFL decided Friday to delay the kickoff time of Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers from 12:05 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. because of an impending ice storm. "Due to public safety concerns in light of the forecasted storm this weekend in the Kansas City area, Sunday's Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC has been moved," the NFL said in a statement.