Seahawks-Packers matchup has playoff implications...Bosa a game-time decision Sunday...Curry out, Green back for Warriors
SEATTLE (AP) — Two teams with Super Bowl pedigrees but scratching to remain in the playoff hunt meet in Seattle tonight, as the Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers. Seven NFC teams — including Seattle and Green Bay — are within a couple of games of each other competing for the two wild-card spots. And every advantage or tiebreaker in that race — such as a head-to-head victory — could end up being crucial. Seattle has lost two straight to drop to 4-5 on the season. Green Bay snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-12 thumping of Miami last week. The Packers now stand at 4-4 with one tie.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Joey Bosa’s status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos is likely to be a game-time decision. The Los Angeles Chargers defensive end has practiced the last two days as he works his way back from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games. Bosa said before Thursday’s practice that he is doing both team and individual drills and that he feels good.The Chargers are 7-2 and have won six straight.
UNDATED (AP) — The Warriors will be without Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry when they take on the Rockets tonight in Houston. The two-time MVP strained his left groin during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks a week ago and has been sidelined the past three games. He’s not expected to play at all during Golden State’s three-game Texas road trip, though he is traveling with the Warriors. Draymond Green will be back in the lineup after a one-game suspension, following a dustup with Kevin Durant.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s major sports franchises are teaming up to donate another $1 million to programs addressing violence in the city. The Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks announced Thursday they will keep the Chicago Sports Alliance going in 2019 and match the $1 million they donated in its first year. The Alliance was formed to support Choose to Change, a mentoring and advocacy program aimed at reducing violence, and also works with the University of Chicago’s crime lab to measure the impact of the teams’ efforts. The Alliance will also begin funding a job training program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law firm hired by Ohio State University to investigate a former team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against athletes and students hopes to wrap up its fact finding by the end of the year. The investigators told the university’s governing board Thursday about 150 former students have given firsthand accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by the now-deceased doctor. Richard Strauss killed himself in 2005.