Packers QB Aaron Rodgers a minority owner of NBA's Bucks

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is now part owner of an NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks announced Friday during its playoff game against the Boston Celtics that Rodgers joined the ownership group of the Bucks as a limited partner.

Rodgers was in attendance for Friday’s game and was seated between Bucks owner Wes Edens and professional race driver and girlfriend Danica Patrick.

“I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers said in a statement released by the Bucks. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Finan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks.

“As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”

Rodgers is the only active NFL player to be a limited partner of an NBA team.

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Denver Broncos trade punter Dixon to New York Giants

The Denver Broncos traded punter Riley Dixon to the New York Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Dixon was out of job in Denver when the Broncos signed Marquette King earlier this month, and they found a trading partner who needed punter.

New York was in the market for a punter after releasing Brad Wing last week.

Dixon has averaged 45.7 yards per punt in two NFL seasons in the thin air of the Mile High City. But his net yardage of 41.3 yards was less impressive. He had 51 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

The Giants believe he will be an upgrade over Wing, whose net average of 37.5 yards was the league’s lowest last season. He had 47 punts downed inside the 20 over the past two seasons.

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Report: Newton uninjured in car crash

The Carolina Panthers would like to see quarterback Cam Newton absorb fewer hits on the field. That could extend to off the field as well.

Newton walked away unscathed after his car was hit by a dump truck Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, according to a report by TMZ.

Officials from the Atlanta Police Department told the website that neither Newton nor the other driver wanted to fill out an accident report following the collision between the quarterback’s Ferrari and the truck.

A photo posted on TMZ showed Newton, a native of Atlanta, standing in front of the black Ferrari wearing shorts and a hat.

Newton was involved in a much more serious automobile accident in December 2014, when his truck flipped over after it was struck by another vehicle one block from Bank of America Stadium

The 28-year-old Newton suffered two fractured bones in his back in that incident, which caused him to be hospitalized and miss a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The No. 1 overall pick of the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton completed his seventh season in 2017, leading Carolina to the postseason for the fourth time in five years.

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Report: Draft prospect Nelson tears meniscus

Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson needs surgery after tearing his meniscus during a private workout, multiple media outlets reported.

Nelson is expected to be sidelined for three to four months while recovering from surgery, according to the NFL Network. He is expected to be healthy for the start of the 2018 season.

The injury occurred during a private workout with the Detroit Lions, reported, citing a source.

Nelson is rated as the No. 19 cornerback for this year’s draft, according to The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round of the draft.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2017, Nelson started all 13 games in his lone season with the Badgers, recording 20 pass defenses and 34 tackles.

Nelson, who ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, spent his first two seasons with Hawaii before transferring to Wisconsin following the 2015 season.

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Former NFL RB Isaiah Pead eyes 2020 Paralympics

Former NFL running back Isaiah Pead has set his sights on success at the 2020 Paralympics.

Pead, who played in the NFL from 2012-16 with the then-St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins, had his left leg amputated partly up his thigh in November 2016 following a serious car accident.

The 28-year-old, who has been learning to sprint with a prosthetic leg, has entertained thoughts of competing after winning state championships in the 100 and 400 meters in high school.

“I was talking to my friends and it was like, ‘What’s your goals?'” Pead told TMZ Sports. “If they let me on the track, I’m going for the gold, period.”

Pead has loftier goals than that, too. He has eyed the 2024 and 2028 Paralympics.

“Three gold medals, three Paralympics. God willing, that’s a hell of a career right there,” he said.

Pead is nearly a year-and-a-half removed from a serious car accident in Columbus, Ohio. He was in critical condition after losing control of his Cadillac CTS before driving off the side of Interstate 670 in November 2016.

According to NBC4, Pead’s car went through a guardrail and down an embankment, striking several trees along the way. Pead was ejected from the vehicle.

A second-round pick of the Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft, Pead played in 30 career games, rushing for 100 yards on 27 carries and catching 15 passes for 100 yards.

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Flyers' Konecny scores unbelievable goal vs. Bruins

April 2 (UPI) — Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny scored an astounding goal, handling the puck through traffic against the Boston Bruins.

Konecny pulled off the score Sunday in the Flyers’ 4-3 win against the Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Flyers led 1-0 at the start of the second period. Konecny took a pass from defender Ivan Provorov on the left flank, deep in Bruins territory. He tapped the puck up in the air and skated to his right, cutting between Bruins right wing David Pastrnak and center Noel Acciari.

He then swiped the puck in front of center Patrice Bergeron, before picking it up behind Bergeron’s skates. Konecny then fired a shot, beating net minder Anton Khudobin through the five-hole.

Claude Giroux gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at the 9:38 mark in the first period, beating Khudobin on a one-timer. Acciari hit a one-timer to give the Bruins a score after Konecny’s finish.

The Bruins went up 3-1 on Nolan Patrick’s tally at 5:31 in the third period. But David Pastrnak and Bergeron tied the score at 3-3 before the final horn, forcing the game to overtime.

Giroux finished off the Bruins, scoring with 1:21 remaining in the extra period.

“Obviously it’s a huge two points for is,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told reporters after the game. “Probably had to finish it a little bit differently than we wanted to, but at the end of the day we did finish it and got the two points.”

Konecny has 24 goals and 23 assists in 78 games this season. Last season he registered 11 goals and 17 assists in 70 appearances.

The Flyers face the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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