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December 15, 2018


2 Saturday NFL games

UNDATED (AP) — There are two NFL games Saturday. Houston visits the New York Jets in a game starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, and Denver hosts Cleveland in prime time.

The 9-4 Texans are closing in on the AFC South crown, with a playoff berth almost certain. Houston also has an outside chance at a first-round playoff bye, but probably needs to win out and get some help.

Deshaun Watson has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 18 straight games, while top target DeAndre Hopkins has caught at least one TD pass in five straight road games. He and Watson have connected for 16 TD passes in 20 games they’ve played together.

With rookie quarterback Sam Darnold back from an injury, the 4-9 Jets ended a five-game slide last week with a comeback win over Buffalo.

Cleveland and Denver both have losing records, but still have outside shots at the postseason. The 5-7-1 Browns are led by top overall draft choice Baker Mayfield, who has 1,406 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions since interim coach Gregg Williams supplanted coach Hue Jackson on Oct. 29.

Mayfield will need to watch out for Denver defensive end Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall selection in April. Chubb’s 12 sacks are a rookie franchise record and 2½ shy of Javon Kearse’s 1999 NFL rookie record.

The Broncos, who are 6-7, have won the past 11 meetings with Cleveland, going back to 1990.


UNDATED (AP) — There are six bowl games on the Saturday schedule.

The action starts at noon Eastern when North Carolina A&T plays Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. NC A&T is playing for its seventh Historically Black Colleges and Universities national title and third in four years. Alcorn State is looking for its sixth sixth national title and first since 2014.

The day’s other bowl games are Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cure Bowl at Orlando, Florida; North Texas vs. Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque; Fresno State vs. Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl; Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Alabama; and Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl.


Indians send 1B Alonso to White Sox for outfielder Alex Call

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have made another offseason move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox.

In exchange, Cleveland gets 24-year-old outfielder Alex Call, who has yet to make his major league debut. The Indians also got rid of Alonso’s entire $8 million salary for 2019.

It’s been a busy week for the three-time AL Central champions, who traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz and re-acquired first baseman Carlos Santana in a three-team trade on the final day of the winter meetings in Las Vegas.

Cleveland may not be done. The club has considered trading either ace Corey Kluber or All-Star Trevor Bauer. The Indians have outfield needs and are looking to rebuild their bullpen.

Alonso batted .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in his only season with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent last December.


Sabres suspend Berglund for failing to report to team

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrick Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team.

The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. They said there would be no further information or comment at this time.

Berglund missed the past two games with what coach Phil Housley called an illness. The 30-year-old Swede has two goals and two assists in 23 games this season.

Buffalo acquired Berglund from St. Louis in the offseason as part of a four-player trade that sent center Ryan O’Reilly to the Blues. Berglund, who played the first 10 seasons of his career with St. Louis, has three years remaining on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $3.85 million.


Kilde wins downhill marred by nasty crash involving Gisin

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won by a large margin in a World Cup downhill Saturday that was marred by a nasty crash involving Swiss skier Marc Gisin.

Gisin lost control before a jump midway down the course in Selva di Val Gardena, Italy. He flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back. He was then bumped into the air again and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact.

Gisin lay motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance. A rescue helicopter took him to a hospital after he had received treatment for almost a half-hour.

Kilde finished a significant 0.86 seconds ahead of Austria’s Max Franz, who led the final training run. Beat Feuz of Switzerland came third, 0.92 behind.

A trio of Americans — Bryce Bennett, Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong — finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

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