Top 2 spots unchanged...Veterans get a chance with Redskins...Suzuki returns
UNDATED (AP) — Two of college basketball’s bluebloods remain firmly entrenched atop the AP Top 25 after a week of easy wins. Two more tumbled all the way out after a week filled with defeats. One of them happens to be the reigning national champion. While top-ranked Duke and No. 2 Kansas did little to hurt their status as early national title contenders, Villanova and Syracuse slid all the way out of the Top 25 today.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins will turn to Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback and brought in veterans Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson as potential backup candidates after Alex Smith’s season-ending injury. McCoy is in line to start Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys. The team is expected to sign one of the five quarterbacks brought in to take Smith’s spot on the roster. Smith broke his right fibula and tibia on a sack in a two-point loss to Houston on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will return to Mexico City with a game next year. Less than a week after the league moved the high-profile Chiefs-Rams matchup from Azteca Stadium to Los Angeles because of the poor playing condition at the Mexico venue, the NFL and Mexico’s president-elect confirmed the 2019 game. It will be the third match of a contract signed in 2016.
NEW YORK (AP) — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced today.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract, a deal pending a successful physical. The deal was disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the agreement. The 35-year-old Suzuki would get $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves. He became a free agent after batting .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018. Suzuki played for Washington in 2012 and 2013.