Edelman hurts knee
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman limped off the field, trying to keep weight off his injured right knee, after making a catch on the opening possession for visiting New England against the Detroit Lions Friday night.
Edelman had three receptions for 52 yards in a four-play stretch and was hurt on the last one as he was tackled by safety Tavon Wilson, a former teammate, on Friday night.
Edelman was evaluated by New England’s medical staff behind the team’s bench in a blue tent. Brady went inside the temporary structure after ending the drive with his first of two touchdown passes to Chris Hogan. Shortly after the quarterback left the tent, Edelman emerged and was taken to the locker room in a cart.
Vick hired by Fox
Former quarterback Michael Vick started the summer as a coaching intern with the Kansas City Chiefs. He will end the summer as a broadcaster with Fox Sports.
Fox Sports will formally announce on Sunday that Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, will serve as a studio analyst for FOX NFL Kickoff, the show that leads into Fox NFL Sunday. Vick will also make regular appearances on FS1 studio shows as part of his new job.
“I’m very excited,” Vick told USA TODAY Sports. “Over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often. Things really came together [with Fox] over the last couple months. They have shows that I have always watched and admired. My friends and family are thankful and proud of me.” — USA TODAY
Chun in lead at Canadian Pacific Open
In Gee Chun took the lead Friday in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, and Canadian star Brooke Henderson did just enough to make the weekend at Ottawa Hunt, Ontario.
Chun closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth for her second straight 4-under 67, giving the South Korean a two-stroke lead over Americans Mo Martin, Brittany Lincicome and Marina Alex.
Henderson, the 19-year-old fan favorite from nearby Smiths Falls, followed her opening 74 with a 69 to make the cut at 1 over. Also closing on the front nine, she rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 eighth with a two-putt birdie on No. 9.
Dredge hits 66 to grab 3-shot lead in Denmark
Bradley Dredge hit five birdies in the front nine and finished with a 5-under 66 as he surged to a three-shot lead amid windy conditions at the Made In Denmark tournament in Farsoe.
The Welshman, runner-up in 2014, bogeyed the 13th before finishing the second round with a birdie and four pars.
That left Dredge at 13 under, three clear of Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, who shot a 70 as the wind picked up at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
Clemson’s Swinney gets raise
Clemson coach is getting a hefty raise after winning the national championship.
Dabo Swinney and Clemson’s Board of Trustees agreed to a new 8-year, $54-million contract that averages out to $6.75 million a year. It includes $3.2 million in signing bonuses in three installments and a $6 million buyout until the end of 2018.
The deal makes Swinney the third highest-paid football coach in the country, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.
Swinney’s new contract pays him $6 million this season with his base salary increasing to $6.6 million in 2024, the last season of the deal. Swinney gets a $1.5 million signing bonus now, a $1 million bonus in 2019 and a $700,000 bonus in 2021.
And as reports occasionally pop up around Swinney and other jobs, the deal starts with a $6 million buyout that drops to $4 million in 2019.