Eichel to Miss at Least 2 Games
Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss at least two games with an upper body injury.
Coach Phil Housley didn’t reveal the nature of the injury except to list Eichel as day to day ahead of Buffalo’s home game against Florida on Thursday. Eichel will miss Buffalo’s game at Boston on Saturday before having the injury re-evaluated.
He’s been out since aggravating the injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday.
Eichel, a North Chelmsford native, is the Sabres’ All-Star game selection.
He leads Buffalo with 49 points and ranks second with 15 goals in 40 games.
Law, Seymour Hall finalists
First-time eligibles Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019.
They will be joined in balloting on Feb. 2 by Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae and Richard Seymour. Law and Seymour are ex-Patriots stars. Although previously eligible, Flores -- who coached two Raiders teams to Super Bowl titles -- and longtime defensive lineman Seymour are finalists for the first time.
Also being considered for induction are senior committee nominee Johnny Robinson, a star safety for Dallas/Kansas City from 1960-71, and contributors finalists Gil Brandt, former personnel director for the Cowboys and now the NFL’s top draft consultant, and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
A maximum of eight new members can be elected, five from the modern-era group. Inductions are Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a domestic violence charge against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster, though the NFL continues to review the matter. ... Broncos general manager John Elway continued his latest coaching search by interviewing Zac Taylor, the Rams’ 35-year-old quarterbacks coach who’s long on football pedigree but short on experience. Elway and player personnel director Matt Russell previously met with former Colts coach Chuck Pagano in Denver. Elway also plans to speak with Bears assistant Vic Fangio, Patriots assistant Brian Flores and Steelers assistant Mike Munchak. ... The Browns are protecting Freddie Kitchens like he was a franchise quarterback, not a coach. While Kitchens waits for his interview to possibly become Cleveland’s head coach, the Browns have denied requests by other teams to interview their interim coordinator who brought out the best in rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield during the final eight games.
Robertson joins Phillies
David Robertson got himself a new deal in a new pair of pinstripes.
The 33-year-old right-handed reliever and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $23 million, two-year contact.
Robertson gets $10 million this year and $11 million in 2020, and the Phillies have a $12 million option for 2021 with a $2 million buyout.
Robertson went 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA and five saves in 69 games last season for the New York Yankees.
Former Blazers owner dies
Larry Weinberg, one of the founders and original owners of the Portland Trail Blazers, has died. He was 92.
Weinberg’s death was announced Wednesday by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. KATU reports that Weinberg was one of three partners who got the franchise started as an NBA expansion team in 1970 to the tune of $3.7 million.
A person familiar with the situation says the struggling Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls for guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr.
Chicago also received second-round picks in 2019 and 2020. The Grizzlies are hoping Holiday -- averaging 11.6 points -- can provide a lift. They have dropped 10 of 13 and had what general manager Chris Wallace described as an “emotionally charged” meeting following a loss to Detroit on Wednesday night. ... Kevin Tway made his Sentry Tournament of Champions debut with a 7-under 66 to build a one-shot lead after the first round of the new year in Hawaii.
He led by one shot over Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the last two winners at Kapalua, and Gary Woodland.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has hired a law firm to look into athlete committee chair Beckie Scott’s claims of being bullied after she opposed the reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency. An initial WADA probe did not find evidence of bullying, but Scott was among those who were not interviewed as part of that investigation. WADA decided that more investigation was needed and hired an outside law firm “to help in determining a path forward,” according to a news release.