The Minnesota Vikings secondary was horrible last season at stopping teams passing attack. To try to put a stop to teams throwing so much the Vikings signed cornerback Terence Newman to a one-year deal on Friday.
Newman’s deal is worth $2.5 million and has a signing bonus of $750,000 thrown in. This will make the thirteenth season for Newman to play for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Newman originally played for Zimmer when he was selected in the first round of the 2003 draft. After leaving the Cowboys in 2012, Newman once again landed on the same team that Zimmer was coaching when the Cincinnati Bengals.
Newman has been a pretty durable player over the years. He has managed to play in at least 13 games all but one year he has been in the league.
Newman really picked his game up after he left the Cowboys. For some reason wearing the Star on his helmet held Newman back from him maximum capabilities. During the three seasons Newman was with the Bengals he showed why he was once a first round selection by making plays and staying on the field for entire games.
Newman will join veterans Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Robinson, and Xavier Woods at corner on the Vikings defense. As long as Newman keeps playing at the level he has over the past few years, the Vikings might actually compete withe the Green Bay Packers next season for the NFC North crown.
Kevin Durant’s season is officially over. The reigning NBA MVP will have none graft surgery on his right foot and will require four to six months of rest and rehabilitation before he can get back on the court.
Durant originally started having foot problems in October when he suffered a fracture. After missing 17 games Durant was able to return to the court but it was definitely obvious that he was feeling discomfort.
After finally returning to the court Durant lasted a few weeks before he suffered a sprained ankle on the same leg. That injury cost Durant another six games before he was able to play again.
The ankle was not the last injury Durant would suffer from. In January, he sprained his big toe and was forced to the sidelines for another four games.
After finally being able to return to the court after the toe injury, once again Durant lasted a couple of weeks before being pulled from all basketball activities when he noticed severe discomfort from the screw that was holding his foot together from the original injury he suffered to start the season.
Durant has currently been out of action since late February dealing with setbacks from the second surgery he had. This latest surgery that Durant is having should finally clear up all the problems he was previously having.
The good part of the surgery is that Durant will be ready for the start of next season as long as he does not suffer any setbacks. The bad part is that the playoffs are coming up and the Thunder need the best player in the league on the court if they hope to make a run for a championship.
Sure Russell Westbrook is playing some of the best basketball of his career right now, but without Durant it is only time that their season comes to an end. Look how bad the San Antonio Spurs beat the Thunder the other night. And that is a Spurs team that was coming off a road trip where they lost to the New York Knicks, and were coming off a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The almighty Kansas Jayhawks had their season come to an end on Sunday when they were knocked off by cross-state rival the Wichita Shockers in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. The No.7 Shockers upset the No.2 Jayhawks 78-65 in the teams first meeting since the early 1990’s.
The Jayhawks started off strong but allowed the Shockers to go on a run during the first half that took them into halftime with a 29-26 lead. At halftime, the Shockers made all the adjustments they needed to hold onto their lead and keep the Jayhawks on their heels the entire half.
The Shockers pulled off the huge win with a complete team contribution. Wichita State had five players score in double-digits with Takele Cotton with 19 points.
Guard Fred VanVleet was behind Cotton in scoring with 17 points. VanVleet also had six rebounds, six assists, four steals, and one block in 37 minutes of action.
Guards Evan Wessel led the Shockers on the boards with nine rebounds to go with the 12 points he had. Guard Ron Baker also had 12 points for the Shockers.
Sundays win by the Shockers makes the teams first over the Jayhawks since 1987. It was also only the third win by the Shockers in 13 tries against the Jayhawks. They will now move on to the Midwest Regional semifinal against No.3 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish will be another tough battle for the Shockers. After all, Notre Dame is the reigning ACC Tournament Champions. They knocked off both Duke and North Carolina to win that title. They are battle tested. The Shockers better play a perfect game. Their best will not be good enough against the Fighting Irish.
For the second straight season the Michigan State Spartans knocked the Virginia Cavaliers out of the NCAA Tournament. The No.7 seed Spartans will now face either No.3 Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 next week on their road to the Final Four.
The Spartans took control of the game from the very start and never let up. Every time the Cavaliers would manage to get something going with their offense, the Spartans would hit a shot to put an end to their run. Seven points was the closest the Cavaliers could get to the Spartans until it was too late.
Spartans guard Travis Trice led all players with 23 points in a tremendous effort to lead his team when they needed him most. Branden Dawson also had a solid game with 15 points to go with his game high four blocks. Dawson also led the Spartans on the boards with nine rebounds.
Denzel Valentine had probably the most interesting stat line for the Spartans. Valentine finished the game with four points, four rebounds, and a game high four assists.
There were not to many bright spots for the Cavaliers, but Darion Atkins finished the games only double-double. Atkins finished with a game high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points and two blocks.
Anthony Gill was the only other player for either team to finish the game scoring in double-digits. Gill finished with 11 points and six rebounds for Virginia.
The Houston Rockets revealed that they would be without starting forward Terrence Jones for the immediate future with a collapsed lung. Jones is currently in the hospital and will remain there until he is stable enough to go home. He will miss at least the Rockets next three games.
Jones suffered the injury during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night after getting hit hard. At first Jones thought the injury was a broken rib. It was not until more tests were run at the hospital when the lung injury was detected.
More than likely Jones will be out of action a lot longer than three games. This injury is pretty serious.
This makes the second time this season that Jones will miss significant playing time due to an injury. Earlier in the season Jones missed 34 games with nerve inflammation in his left leg.
Losing Jones is the last thing the Rockets need right now with the season winding down. They are already playing without center Dwight Howard.
Howard has missed the Rockets last 24 games with swelling in his right knee. He is not expected back on the court for at least another couple of weeks.
With both Jones and Howard out, Joey Dorsey will have to hold the paint down and will also get a chance for a lot of extra playing time. If Dorsey can step up, he could earn him some serious money this summer if he can lead the Rockets deep in the playoffs if Jones or Howard is unable to return before the summer starts.
The Rockets are currently in third place in the Western Conference with a 46-22 record. They would have to completely fall apart at this point in the season to miss the playoffs, but could fall to the back of the pack with to many losses.