The Sports Xchange
Midwestern State football player Robert Grays died following injuries while making a tackle in last weekend's game, the university announced Wednesday. He was 19. Robert Grays, a sophomore cornerback from the Houston area, suffered a neck injury late in the fourth quarter in the Mustangs' 35-13 Division II home win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday, Sept. 17. He had battled throat and lung cancer since 2002. Heenan most notably managed Nick Bockwinkel in the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association before before joining the WWE. He later managed such stars as Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
WASHINGTON—Maya Moore scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx swept the Washington Mystics in their best-of-5 semifinal playoff series with an 81-70 win on Sunday, Sept. 17. Seimone Augustus had 18 points in Game 3 for the Lynx, who reached the WNBA Finals for the third year in a row and sixth time in seven years. Sylvia Fowles, who is the 2017 league Most Valuable Player, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
PITTSBURGH — Duluth Denfeld graduate C.J. Ham scored his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter of Sunday's Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers football game. The short touchdown run, on Hamm's first offical run from scimmage in the league, capped an 82-yard drive in the losing effort.
MINNEAPOLIS—Josh Donaldson homered twice and Jose Bautista broke out of a slump for a three-hit night as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins by a 7-2 final Saturday, Sept. 16, at Target Field. Donaldson homered in the first and ninth innings to bookend his four-hit night. It was the 14th multi-homer game of his career and the fourth time he's done so this season.
MONTREAL — Minnesota United FC twice came back from behind on the road and put a major dent into the Montreal Impact's MLS Cup playoff aspirations as Abu Danladi's late goal gave the Loons a 3-2 win at Stade Saputo on Saturday night. Danladi won just enough space against Impact defender Laurent Ciman on the right side and unleashed a ferocious effort across the net in what is surely a goal of the week candidate in the 89th minute. The tally gave Minnesota (8-15-5) just its second road win of the season.
The NFL filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday, Sept. 15, to seek a stay and allow the league to enforce its six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The league asked for a ruling by Tuesday but no later than Sept. 26 in a filing to stay the preliminary injunction that blocked Elliott's suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The NBA is expected to vote later this September on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver. The competition committee recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform to the board of governors for final approval, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Silver has been wanting the league to pass a plan that deters the tactic of tanking games to gain access to better odds at higher picks in the annual player draft.
CLEVELAND -- Jay Bruce and Roberto Perez each homered as the Cleveland Indians set an American League record with their 21st consecutive win in a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Progressive Field. Cleveland had been tied with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the AL record for longest winning streak at 20.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith were named offensive players of the week in their respective conferences for Week 1 to kick off the NFL season. Bradford was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the New Orleans Saints, going 27 of 32 for 346 yards with three touchdowns en route to a 29-19 win.