Former Raiders quarterback Wade Wilson dies at 60

Wade Wilson, a quarterback who led the Vikings to the NFC title game following the 1987 season and played one season as a Raiders backup in 1998, died Friday in Coppell, Texas, on his 60th birthday.

Police said a 911 call was made from Wilson’s home, where the caller said Wilson was unresponsive and CPR was in progress. Emergency personnel determined upon arrival that Wilson was dead. Police said there was no indication of foul play and that the death was under investigation.

Wilson was quarterbacks coach for Dallas from 2000-02 and 2007-17 and for Chicago from 2004-08. He helped develop Tony Romo and Dak Prescott during his time with the Cowboys.

“Sad news today as we lost a teammate far too soon,” Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted. “Wade Wilson was my backup from 1995-97 and my QB coach my last season in 2000. Prayers for his children and family. #RIP”

Wilson was an eighth-round choice (210th overall) of the Vikings in 1981 out of East Texas State — now Texas A&M-Commerce — and spent 11 seasons with Minnesota. He also played for Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas and Oakland before retiring in 1999. He was Troy Aikman’s backup on the Cowboys’ Super Bowl title team in 1995.

With the Raiders in Jon Gruden’s first year as a head coach, Wilson started three games late in the 1998 season, going 1-2 with seven touchdowns, four interceptions and 568 yards. Jeff George (seven starts) was the starter before he was injured, and backup Donald Hollis (six starts) started hot but struggled and was replaced by Wilson. The Raiders finished 8-8.

Wilson, primarily a backup to Tommy Kramer until 1987, led the NFC in quarterback rating in 1988 and made the Pro Bowl. He started 17 games during his first six seasons in Minnesota and took over in 1987 when Kramer was injured.

The Vikings lost 17-10 to Washington in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 17, 1988.

He shared starting duties with Rich Gannon in 1990 and 1991 before the Vikings released him on July 8, 1992.

In 69 career NFL games, he threw 99 touchdown passes and 102 interceptions.

• Carolina’s Julius Peppers announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons, nine Pro Bowl appearances and six All-Pro selections. Peppers finished his career with 159½ sacks, fourth-most in NFL history.

Peppers spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers, then played four with Chicago, three with Green Bay and his final two seasons back with Carolina.


Shiffrin seems hurt after win

Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t celebrate her shared victory with Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova in the final World Cup race before the world championships.

Shiffrin didn’t look at ease right after finishing the course in Maribor, Slovenia, bending forward for a while, though in a first reaction on Slovenian TV she said, “It’s all good,” when asked about it.

Hours later, however, Shiffrin skipped a mandatory public awards ceremony and bib draw on the central square in Maribor to get physical therapy for an unspecified issue. Her head coach, Mike Day, said it was an issue she’s had to deal with before, but didn’t elaborate.

Shiffrin is a multiple medal threat at the worlds in Are, Sweden.

Soccer: Qatar will enter the 2022 World Cup it is hosting as the champion of Asia. The Asian Cup was lifted by Qatar for the first time after it beat Japan 3-1 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

WNBA: Natalie Achonwa, Shenise Johnson and Erica Wheeler re-signed with the Indiana Fever on the first day teams could announce free agent signings.

Also; Phoenix also re-signed Briann January to a multiyear deal, and Minnesota signed free agent Karima Christmas-Kelly after she played only six games for Dallas last season before sustaining a knee injury.

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