The Sports Xchange
Ken Hitchcock, just one win away from tying for the third-most victories by a coach in the history of the NHL, was fired Wednesday, Feb. 1, by the St. Louis Blues. Mike Yeo, the former head coach of the Minnesota Wild who was hired as the "coach in waiting" by the Blues last summer when Hitchcock announced that this would be his final season, will take over the head coaching duties beginning with Thursday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong decided now was the time to make the change.
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.
Missouri State freshman running back Richard Nelson was shot and killed Saturday in Las Vegas after trying to stop a fight. He was 18. "My son died in my arms," Nelson's mother, Roxanne Bruce, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He took his last breath in my arms." The Bears redshirted Nelson his freshman season.
After guiding Western Michigan to a 13-1 record this season, P.J. Fleck is leaving the school to become head coach of Minnesota's reeling football team. The 36-year-old Fleck will receive a five-year deal, Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle announced Friday. The contract is worth $18.5 million, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Minnesota Vikings officially activated star running back Adrian Peterson from injured reserve on Saturday in time for Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts. Peterson returned to practice this...
After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team Tuesday on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market. Last winter, Cespedes' market never fully developed and as spring training approached, only the Baltimore Orioles appeared to be a realistic landing spot.
A chartered flight carrying 77 passengers, including the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, crashed en route to Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia, late Monday night, killing 71 people...
Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello edged Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander for the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday and Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer cruised to an...