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December 14, 2018

NFL-NEWS

Jets place RB Isaiah Crowell on IR with toe injury

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets have placed running back Isaiah Crowell on season-ending injured reserve with a toe injury.

Crowell didn’t practice all week and had already been ruled out for the Jets’ game against Houston on Saturday. He was hurt against Tennessee two weeks ago and re-injured his foot against Buffalo last Sunday.

Crowell has a team-leading 685 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He has never missed a game during his five-year NFL career. Crowell signed to a three-year, $12 million deal with New York last March after four seasons with Cleveland.

New York signed running back De’Angelo Henderson from the practice squad Friday to take Crowell’s roster spot. The Jets also have Elijah McGuire and rookie Trenton Cannon in the backfield.

In other NFL news:

— New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss his second straight game with a quad injury. Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday the NFL’s highest-paid receiver won’t play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Beckham missed last week’s game against Washington. He didn’t practice the past two days after being limited on Wednesday. Beckham was hurt on the final play of the Giants’ loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia on Nov. 25. He played against Chicago the following week.

— NFL interception co-leader Xavien Howard is doubtful for the Miami Dolphins’ game Sunday at Minnesota. The cornerback missed last week’s game against New England with a left knee injury and didn’t practice this week. Safety T.J. McDonald is questionable because of an ankle injury.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping running back James Conner’s sprained left ankle will be ready in time to play on Sunday against New England. The AFC North leaders listed Conner as questionable to face the Patriots in a pivotal game for the 7-5-1 Steelers. They’ve dropped three straight and lead Baltimore by just a half-game for the top spot in the division. Conner sat out last week’s loss to Oakland after injuring the ankle in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 2.

— Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his eighth straight game with a knee injury. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer is listed as questionable after tweaking an ankle. After bringing in two kickers for a tryout this week, Pittsburgh is sticking with Chris Boswell, who has missed 11 combined kicks this season, including two field goals against the Raiders. The team brought in former kicker Shaun Suisham this week to serve as a mentor to help Boswell out of his slump.

— The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed place-kicker Kai Forbath in case Josh Lambo can’t play against Washington on Sunday because of a groin injury. Lambo, the most accurate kicker in franchise history, injured his right groin in practice Thursday. The Jaguars placed rookie linebacker Leon Jacobs on injured reserve to make room for Forbath on the 53-man roster.

— The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran safety Barry Church. They parted ways with a defender who started 27 consecutive games over two seasons and has spent nine seasons in the NFL. He was benched following a loss at Buffalo last month and was inactive last week at Tennessee. Rookie Ronnie Harrison replaced him in the starting lineup. The Jaguars decided to cut Church loose and let him try to sign elsewhere for rest of the season.

—A person familiar with the move says the NFL has fined umpire Roy Ellison $9,300 and reinstated him from administrative leave after his dispute in Miami with Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. The fine is the amount of one game check for Ellison. Ellison was placed on administrative leave last week.

— Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. McCoy suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Jets last weekend. He missed practice on Wednesday before being limited the past two days. Running back Chris Ivory is also questionable with a shoulder injury, though Ivory was a full participant in practice all week.

NFL-OBIT-FRALIC

Bill Fralic, star lineman for Pitt and Falcons, dies at 56

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former star Atlanta Falcons lineman Bill Fralic has died at 56.

He was a three-time All-American offensive lineman at Pittsburgh. The university said he had cancer and died at his home in suburban Atlanta.

Fralic, burly and athletic, was the first offensive lineman to finish in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy balloting — finishing eighth in 1983 and sixth in 1984. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. The school retired his No. 79 at halftime of his final home game, a victory over Tulane in 1984.

Fralic was the second overall pick in the 1985 draft and spent nine seasons in the league. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and earned All-Pro honors in 1986 and 1987. The NFL named him to its All-Decade Team for the 1980s.

His last season was 1993 with the Detroit Lions. He was a radio analyst for Pitt and the Falcons following his retirement.

MLB-NEWS

AP source: McCann agrees to 1-year contract with White Sox

UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says catcher James McCann has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

The 28-year-old McCann hit .220 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 118 games last season with Detroit. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending a physical.

McCann was selected by the White Sox in the 31st round of the 2008 draft, but he decided to go to the University of Arkansas instead. He then was drafted by the Tigers in the second round in 2011.

McCann made his major league debut in September 2014 and spent his first five seasons with Detroit, batting .240 with 40 homers and 177 RBIs in 452 games. The rebuilding Tigers didn’t offer him a contract for the 2019 season, making him a free agent.

In other MLB news:

— The Baltimore Orioles have hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode. Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the majors.

— The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball’s first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon. The June 29 game at London’s Olympic Stadium will be broadcast in the United States by Fox as part of its Saturday “Game of the Week” coverage. The following day’s game will be a “Sunday Morning Baseball” special event for ESPN. Boston is the home team in both games.

— The wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died. Joan (joh-AN’) Steinbrenner, who held the title of Yankees vice chair, was 83. The team says she died today surrounded by family at her home in Tampa, Florida. A private family service will be held.

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