Orioles hire Elias from Astros...AP source: Broncos lose Max Garcia...USA Gymnastics shakeup continues
BALTIMORE (AP) — Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles. The 35-year-old replaces executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duqette, who was fired with manager Buck Showalter in October after Baltimore’s dreadful 47-115 season. Elias worked as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos left guard Max Garcia is out for the season because of a torn knee ligament. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the injury, who tells The Associated Press that an MRI today revealed a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. Garcia apparently was injured during yesterday’s practice, although he finished the workout and wasn’t listed on the team’s injury report. Denver already was down two starters on the offensive line after losing left guard Ronald Leary and center Matt Paradis.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to their fourth left tackle, starting a player they signed off the streets against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone says former New York Giants first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers will start in place of Josh Walker, who missed practice all week because of a foot/ankle injury and is listed as doubtful. Flowers and Walker alternated series last week at Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore has resigned in the latest high-profile departure for the organization following the Larry Nassar scandal. The move comes as USA Gymnastics is facing decertification of its status as the national governing body for the sport amid concerns about its leadership and the way it handled complaints against Nassar. The former team doctor is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former students alleging sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University team doctor are pleading with the school’s trustees not to dismiss or minimize victims’ claims. Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss told trustees today that his actions have caused them long-term harm. They described abuse during team physicals, while being treated for injuries and during medical exams at the student health center. They blamed Ohio State for failing to act sooner. Strauss killed himself in 2005.