Three-time Olympic medalist and U.S. national team captain Natalie Darwitz joined David Poile, general manager of the NHL's Nashville Predators,, former Michigan coach Red Berenson, the late Leland "Hago" Harrington , who helped make the game popular in Massachusetts in the 1920s, and referee Paul Stewart as inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Darwitz, who coaches Division III Hamline, said being inducted in the same year that the U.S. women won Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years made this even more special for her. The youngest ever player named to the U.S. women's national team at 15, she wound up captain of the U.S. women's national team from 2007-10 and won Olympic silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006.
Darwitz said people now know more about women's hockey thanks to increased media attention and social media.
"Hopefully in 10 years or less than that another female's getting inducted, and they're like 'Oh, I know that name,' and it's a household name versus a lot of Minnesotans know my name," Darwitz said. "They might not know my name in Nashville or Michigan, but if they follow women's hockey they certainly know my name. Hopefully that trend continues in women's hockey."
Vegas gets 2020 draft
The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020. The league announced Wednesday at an owners meeting that the city where the Raiders will begin play in September 2020 will host the draft that April.
The NFL began to bring the draft to different cities in 2015, when it was in Chicago. It was held there in 2016, too, then went to Philadelphia in 2017. Last April, the Cowboys hosted it in their stadium in Arlington, Texas, and next year it will be in Nashville.
Other cities in the running for 2020 were Kansas City and Cleveland.
... Carson Wentz is sidelined by a back injury, but the quarterback hasn't been ruled out for Philadelphia's game against the Rams on Sunday. ... The NFL has toughened its standards on a rule that requires teams with head coaching vacancies to interview at least one minority candidate. Now a team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate from outside its organization or from the list of recommended candidates compiled by the NFL's advisory board. Previously, the rule said only that at least one minority candidate needed to be interviewed, without further specifications.
... The Bears placed starting nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan on injured reserve because of a broken left foot. ... Mychal Kendricks' season came to an abrupt end when the linebacker was placed on injured reserve after injuring his left leg in the Seahawks' win over Minnesota.
Badgers' Taylor honored
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor earned first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association.
It marked Taylor's fifth first-team honor among the five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA, making him the Badgers' first sophomore to garner unanimous All-American honors.
Badgers guards Beau Benzschawel and Michael Deiter also earned spots on the AFCA All-American teams. Benzschawel joined Taylor on the first team, while Deiter was selected to the second team.
... Michigan dismissed running back O'Maury Samuels on the same day he was arraigned on two charges, including one for domestic violence. The sophomore finished the season with 13 rushing attempts for 66 yards. ... South Dakota State and coach John Stiegelmeier agreed on a five-year contract extension. ... All-American running back Darrell Henderson says he's leaving Memphis after his junior season for the NFL draft.