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NFL suspends Patriots’ Gordon...Sabres to terminate Berglund’s contract...Astros’ Smith out 6-8 months

December 20, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL says Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has been returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017. Gordon said earlier today that he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health, but vowed to work his way back into the sport.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are set to terminate the remaining three-and-a-half seasons of Patrik Berglund’s contract after the forward cleared 24-hour waivers. The Sabres waived Berglund yesterday after suspending him for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington on Saturday. The Sabres have declined to discuss Berglund’s status since suspending him.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros say reliever Joe Smith has had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon and will be out six to eight months. Smith had the surgery on his left leg on Tuesday after getting hurt while working out last week. The 34-year-old right-hander has a 3.02 ERA in 754 appearances and a 1.69 ERA in eight career postseason games. He is to be paid $8 million in 2019, the final season of a $15 million, two-year contract.

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Garagiola Jr. is returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Garagiola, one of the architects of the 2001 World Series team, will serve as a special adviser to President and CEO Derrick Hall. Garagiola joined the Diamondbacks when Arizona was awarded an expansion franchise, serving as senior vice president and general manager from 1997 to 2005. The Diamondbacks won three division titles during Garagiola’s watch and the first major championship for an Arizona sports team by beating the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams says he plans to coach “as long as I feel good and have my health.” Yesterday UNC announced an eight-year extension for Williams through the 2027-28 season, when he would be nearly 78 years old. Asked if he could see himself coaching to 2028, Williams quipped Thursday: “Somebody sees me doing that, I don’t know who, but somebody does.”

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