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Aaron Rodgers has a new weapon, but he will also be saying goodbye to one of his favorite targets. Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers when free agency officially opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Additionally, the Packers are releasing longtime wideout Jordy Nelson, according to multiple reports. Nelson, 32, was set to count more than $12.5 million against the cap in 2018, the final year of his contract. His release saves Green Bay more than $10.2 million.
With three quarterbacks on their roster heading to the open market, the Minnesota Vikings reached out to the agent for free-agent quarterback Drew Brees on Monday, NFL Network reported. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said the Vikings reached out to representatives for several quarterbacks as the NFL free-agent negotiating window began Monday afternoon.
Adrian Peterson is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson joined the Cardinals via trade from the New Orleans Saints last season and led the team in rushing despite an erratic six-game stretch with the team. Peterson, who turns 33 on March 21, plans to continue playing and could come back at a reduced rate to be the primary backup to David Johnson. The former Vikings star had two games with at least 134 rushing yards and three games in which he failed to reach 30 yards with the Cardinals.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—There were 15 lead changes, nine different leaders, but, ultimately, the same result. Kevin Harvick rolled to his third victory in as many weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, March 11, easily holding off Kyle Busch at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., to take the TicketGuardian 500. Final pit stops were critical on the 1-mile dogleg oval.
Syracuse, Arizona State, UCLA and St. Bonaventure received the final four at-large bids for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, while Baylor, Saint Mary's, Southern California and Notre Dame were left out when the 68-team bracket was revealed on Sunday, March 11. Virginia garnered the top overall seed of the bracket, but the Cavaliers' path won't be easy, as Arizona (a No. 4 seed) or Kentucky (a No. 5 seed) could well be waiting in the Sweet 16, not to mention Cincinnati (No. 2) and Tennessee (No. 3) also in the region.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl Anthony-Towns followed in his own miss with 37.5 seconds to play Sunday afternoon, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Golden State Warriors 109-103 in Minneapolis to snap a three-game losing streak. Seeking to avoid a second consecutive loss on a three-day trip, the Warriors rallied within 104-103 on a Kevin Durant 3-pointer with 2:08 to go. The Warriors then had a chance to go ahead for the first time since the third quarter following a Minnesota turnover, but Klay Thompson misfired on a 3-point attempt.
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers might be the NHL's biggest disappointment in 2017-18, but don't blame Connor McDavid. The center scored twice in less than three minutes of the second period Saturday night, March 10, lifting Edmonton to a 4-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild at Rogers Place. McDavid also had an assist.
Tiger Woods' latest comeback continues to look more like a reunion tour. On Friday he reunited with someone he hasn't seen in years. The clubhouse lead. Woods shot a 3-under 68 in the second round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., finishing his round in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard at 4-under par 138. Ryan Palmer fired a 66, and Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker also shot 68s to finish at 4 under through two rounds, while Corey Connors, who shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday, had yet to tee off Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kyrie Irving had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Al Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 117-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Celtics clinched a playoff berth with the win. Nemanja Bjelica had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Taj Gibson added 18 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost their third consecutive game and fell for the fourth time in six games.
ST. PAUL—Eric Staal's second goal of the game capped a franchise record-breaking four-goal outburst early in the second period and the Minnesota Wild skated to a 6-2 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, March 6, in St. Paul. Goalie Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves at Xcel Energy Center and had a front-row seat to his team's seventh wins in nine games.