The Sports Xchange
MILWAUKEE—Eric Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer with 2:25 left to give the Bucks their first lead of the night, and Milwaukee held on for a 102-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night, Dec. 28, at the Bradley Center. Bledsoe scored 26 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 54.7 percent from the floor and overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half.
NEW YORK—A year ago, Baker Mayfield headed to New York with a chance to win the HeismanTrophy and finished third. This time, the Oklahoma senior quarterback was the runaway winner. Mayfield was a consensus favorite to win the Heisman and those projections proved accurate Saturday night when he became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the award.
The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports Saturday. The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stantonunder the terms of his no-trade clause. The trade approval is expected to be a formality.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Jordan Murphy recorded his seventh straight double-double to start the season and No. 14 Minnesota held off No. 25 Alabama 89-84 on Saturday, Nov. 25, in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic. The game was marred by an ugly incident that left the Crimson Tide with only three players to finish the game. Ten Alabama players left the bench during a scuffle in the second half and were ejected with 13 minutes left in the game, leaving the Crimson Tide with only five players.
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota and Colorado, in their first meeting of the season, looked like the bitter division rivals they are, battling in both ends of the rink with the Wild prevailing 3-2 in a shootout on Friday. Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored the only goals of the shootout for the Wild, who came from behind to win their second game in a row and improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight.
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. claimed his eighth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series season Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that win, Truex also won his first Cup Series championship. Truex had to battle another championship candidate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Busch took runner-up honors. Kyle Larson finished third. The other two Championship Four drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—With most of the field wrecking behind him, Kyle Busch took the lead on the final lap and won the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and clinched a position among the Championship Four at the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19. Busch led a race-high 183 laps. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Clint Bowyer was third, Brad Keselowski took fourth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
The Green Bay Packers placed quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Friday, one day after he underwent surgery to repair his broken right collarbone. Rodgers was injured in the first quarter of last Sunday's 23-10 loss at Minnesota after taking a hard hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Though the Packers placed Rodgers on IR, they still could bring him back after eight weeks and give him a chance to return for the Week 15 game at Carolina on Dec. 17.
The Detroit Tigers will hire Ron Gardenhire to manage the club through what is expected to be a rebuilding phase. Multiple outlets reported late Thursday that Gardenhire will replace Brad Ausmus, whom the team chose not to retain when his contract expired at the end of the season. Terms of Gardenhire's contract were unknown. He also interviewed for the Boston Red Sox's vacant managerial job. Gardenhire, 59, comes with plenty of experience in the American League Central Division. He managed the Minnesota Twins for 13 seasons from 2002-14.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—It was the worst of times. Period. End of sentence. That's how the Green Bay Packers felt after learning Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers would need surgery for the broken right collarbone he suffered in a 23-10 loss to Minnesota Sunday, Oct. 15. When a displaced collarbone requires surgery, the average recovery time is approximately three months. If Rodgers needs that much time, his 2017 season is likely over.