Update on the latest sports
AP source: Broncos lose guard Max Garcia to knee injury
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the injury tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos left guard Max Garcia is out for the season because of a torn knee ligament.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because coach Vance Joseph was at practice and wouldn’t be addressing the media until later. An MRI Friday revealed a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.
Garcia apparently was injured during Thursday’s practice, although he finished the workout and wasn’t listed on the team’s injury report.
The 3-6 Broncos were already was down two starters on the offensive line after losing left guard Ronald Leary last month and center Matt Paradis in their last game.
In other NFL news:
— The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to their fourth left tackle. They will start a player they signed a few weeks ago 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. Walker is listed as doubtful with a foot/ankle injury.
—Just two weeks after being released by the Los Angeles Rams, offensive guard Jamon Brown has more than found a new home with the New York Giants. Brown is 6 feet and 340 pounds. The Giants like his size when they claimed him. They also liked his play in the victory over the San Francisco 49ers, just the team’s second win this season.
Orioles hire Elias from Astros as executive VP, GM
UNDATED (AP) — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.
Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. The 35-year-old heads to Baltimore after working as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.
Elias 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.
In other baseball news:
— Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward. Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians. With Rangel’s hiring Friday, the Rangers have filled six spots on Woodward’s staff.
— Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles. The team traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors. Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager in Baltimore. Elias previously worked as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.
USA GYMNASTICS-GALIMORE OUT
USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigns
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore has resigned, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.
The move Friday came 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.
Nassar is accused of sexually abusing hundreds of female athletes under the guise of treatment at both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State.
The Indianapolis Star reported in May that an attorney for hired by USA Gymnastics directed Galimore to come up with a false excuse to explain Nassar’s absence at major gymnastic events in the summer of 2015. The organization was looking into complaints against Nassar at the time.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Former Ohio State students air claims of sex abuse by doctor
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 Friday 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. A law firm investigating abuse claims says about 150 former students have given firsthand accounts of Strauss’ sexual misconduct between 1979 and 1997. Strauss’ relatives are cooperating. They’ve expressed shock at the allegations, first raised in April.
The board told accusers their experiences are being taken seriously and action will follow the investigation.
Zverev to face Federer in semifinals of ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — Alexander Zverev set up a semifinal with Roger Federer at the ATP Finals by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday.
Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003.
Isner and Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch), who plays group winner Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) in the late match, were eliminated by the result. Djokovic will face Kevin Anderson in the other semifinal on Saturday.