NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch appeared at the last NFL player-mandated Super Bowl 49 media session on Thursday, offering an opening statement to the swarm of reporters but avoiding answering questions.
“For some reason y’all continue to come back and do the same thing that y’all did,” Lynch said. “I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face, my family that I love, that’s all that really matters to me.”
During his five-minute session, the five-time Pro Bowler gave “shout-outs” to his teammates and his hometown of Oakland, California, among others.
On Tuesday, Lynch responded to every question asked of him with some form of, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” The following day, he answered reporters with, “You know why I’m here.”
christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Thursday. He will join the team’s front office as a senior adviser to the general manager.
“I know I can play,” said Brodeur. “I know I still can have fun with this game.”
The 42-year-old Brodeur, who spent the previous 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2014. In seven games with the Blues, he went 3-3 with a .287 goals against average.
During Brodeur's illustrious career, he won the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best goaltender, four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008), and has finished in the top five in voting for the league's MVP seven times.
Brodeur compiled a record of 691-397-176, along with a 2.24 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts, in 1,266 career regular season games. Last year with the Devils, he finished with a 19-14-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.
Jim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since being traded from the New York Knicks to Cleveland Cavaliers, guard J.R. Smith has played much better as of late. According to Smith the reason is because he's away from the New York City night life.
Smith was averaging 10.9 points per game in 24 games for the Knicks, but he's averaging 14.0 points per game for the Cavs.
“I think this is the best situation for me, ’cause there’s nothing but basketball," Smith told NBA.com. "There’s nothing you expect but basketball. There’s nothing, there’s no going out, there’s no late nights. There’s video games, basketball and basketball. So it’s a great thing, ’cause I go back to where I came from."
"When I grew up, I never, I wasn’t allowed to go out," he continued. "I missed my prom because I went to an AAU tournament, and all that stuff. For me, it was basketball, basketball, basketball. And then when I got in the situation where I was at an early age, it was more, alright, let me see what this life is about, as opposed to just keep going. So now, I get the chance to get back to my root."
Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About a week after learning he had multiple blood clots in his lungs, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic expects to make a full recovery.
It was unclear if or when the second-year forward would get back onto the court, but doctors say Teletovic will be back eventually.
“Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition," Nets Team Physician Dr. Michael Farber said. "Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today.”
“This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated," Farber continued. "I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary.”
“I expect Mirza to make a full recovery,” he added.
In 40 games this season, Teletovic was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench for the Nets.
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite an offer to join the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as their defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham has decided to stay at Louisville.
In Grantham's first season as the Cardinals defensive coordinator, the team was sixth in the country in total defense.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I'm committed to the University of Louisville," Grantham said. "I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season."
"Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I'm grateful for their commitment,: he continued." "My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class."
Earlier in the offseason, the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio as their new head coach.
NFL via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Wade Phillips is the Denver Broncos new defensive coordinator after the two parties reached an agreement Wednesday night.
The 67-year-old Phillips will reunite with head coach Gary Kubiak. Phillips served as Kubiak's defensive coordinator for most of three seasons with the Houston Texans.
Kubiak was fired from Houston in the middle of the 2013 season and Phillips took over as the interim head coach. Houston decided not to bring Phillips back the next season, leading him to take the year off.
This isn't Phillips' first time in Denver: he served as the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92 and was the team's head coach from 1993-94.
Next season will be Phillips' 39th as an NFL coach.
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reliever Casey Janssen signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Washington Nationals, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Janssen has played eight major league seasons, all with the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time he's pitched 493 innings, compiling 90 saves, a 3.52 ERA, 368 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.
Janssen served the last three seasons as the Blue Jays closer, saving 81 of his 91 opportunities.
Janssen is expected to serve as a set-up man for closer Drew Storen.
Janssen joins a bullpen that lost Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard to trades and Rafael Soriano to free agency this offseason.
Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, offsetting the absence of Lebron James, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers (27-20) have now won eight straight.
Irving was on fire most of the game, scoring 29 of Cleveland's 54 first-half points. He also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers the win.
Portland (32-14) received an admirable performance from LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.
Irving's 55 points is the most scored by any player in a game this season, and also breaks the Quicken Loans Arena scoring record that was held by Allen Iverson.