The Sports Xchange
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.
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.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, wrapping up his last week in office, celebrated with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, Jan. 16. The president, who has a home in Chicago, is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan but rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the postseason. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians in November.
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.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Rams hired Sean McVay as head coach on Thursday after he impressed the organization in two separate interviews. McVay, who turns 31 on Jan. 24, received a five-year contract. He becomes the youngest head coach in NFL history. He will be charged with reviving the Rams' offense after the team struggled to a 4-12 record in its first season back in Los Angeles. McVay spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins.
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor two-car accident close to the team's headquarters on Wednesday morning, but the rookie was not injured. "I'm good. I've been in bigger collisions. Lol," Elliott tweeted. The accident occurred at 7:05 a.m. in Frisco "We can confirm that Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor vehicle crash this morning in the area of Dallas Parkway and Gaylord Parkway," the Frisco Police Department said in a statement.
Driver Carl Edwards confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 11, he is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing immediately and will not compete in NASCAR in 2017, announcing he has no regrets and is lucky enough to be "100 percent healthy." "I'm stepping away from full-time driving in the Cup Series. ... I don't have any intention of going back to full-time racing," Edwards said at a press conference at JGR's headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. The 37-year-old Edwards, who spent the last two years at JGR and had one year remaining on his contract, did not use the word "retirement."