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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Alex Galchenyuk scored the tying goal late in the third period and then won the game with a score in the fifth round of the shootout to lead the visiting Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, Feb. 19. Bo Horvat started the fifth round of the shootout for Vancouver but his shot was turned away by Devan Dubnyk's blocker. Galchenyuk then followed and beat Jacob Markstrom with a backhand on his glove side for the game-winner.
Adrian Peterson will return to the Washington Redskins in 2020 as the team officially picked up his option for next season. "Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league," new coach Ron Rivera said. "Adrian's leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward." The former Minnesota Vikings star, who turns 35 on March 21, is currently fifth on the all-time rushing list with 14,216 yards.
Division I athletes in all sports could transfer once and be immediately eligible if the Division I council adopts an idea being considered by the Transfer Waiver Working Group. The NCAA announced Tuesday that the concept would allow approval for all first-time transfers from four-year schools, provided they:
Ryan Newman was "awake and speaking with family and doctors" a day after his harrowing final-lap crash in Monday's Daytona 500. His team, Roush Fenway Racing, announced the update on Newman's condition on Tuesday afternoon, adding: "Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They are grateful for the unwavering support of the NASCAR community and beyond.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Last week, Denny Hamlin couldn't come up with the names of drivers who have won three Daytona 500s. He did know that winning three would put him in "very, very elite" company. Welcome to very, very elite company, Mr. Hamlin. Thanks to rain on Sunday, it took two days to get it, but on Monday, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver won NASCAR's most important event for a third time. "I don't even know what to say. So unexpected," Hamlin said.
Mickey Wright, one of pioneering players on the women's professional golf circuit, died Monday. She was 85. The cause of death was a heart attack, the Associated Press reported. Wright won 13 women's majors during her career, ranking second only to Patty Berg's 15. Her 82 LPGA titles are also second, trailing only Kathy Whitworth's 88. According to Whitworth, though, there was no one better than Wright. "She was the best I've ever seen, man or woman," Whitworth once told ESPN, via GolfChannel.com.
CHICAGO -- Anthony Davis made a walk-off free throw and Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis in the 69th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers' big man and first pick in the All-Star draft, missed badly off the back iron before sinking the second for a 157-155 victory in the unique, hotly contested showcase. Kawhi Leonard earned the Kobe Bryant MVP Award after recording 30 points to lead Team LeBron, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) had 25 in a losing effort. Neither team used a sub in the final quarter.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Bakari Evelyn canned two tie-breaking free throws with 1:15 left and No. 21 Iowa held Minnesota scoreless for the final 5:25, rallying for a 58-55 Big Ten Conference win on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes (18-8, 9-6) trailed 55-47 after Payton Willis drilled a 3-pointer. But coach Fran McCaffery called a timeout and Iowa clamped down defensively, forcing five turnovers in six possessions. That included an errant pass with 40 seconds left by Golden Gophers point guard Marcus Carr to coach Richard Pitino.
CHICAGO -- Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield won the 3-Point Contest at NBA All-Star Saturday night by making his 54th try of the night. Hield splashed a "moneyball" for a one-point win over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, who won the event in 2018. Booker had 20 points in the finals when he reached his final rack -- two-point moneyballs in the corner -- and canned three of his five tries to get to 26 points. Hield and Booker tied in the first round.
ST. PAUL -- Dylan Gambrell scored a fluke goal early in the third period to break a scoreless tie as the short-handed San Jose Sharks spoiled the NHL head-coaching debut of Minnesota's Dean Evason, defeating the host Wild 2-0 Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15. Melker Karlsson added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining as the Sharks won for the fourth time in their past five games. It was Karlsson's fifth goal of the season and came after Barclay Goodrow passed the puck to him on a two-on-none break.