Bears tight end Trey Burton sidelined...Indians get a catcher from Mets...Marquette beats Xavier
CHICAGO (AP) — Bears tight end Trey Burton is inactive for Chicago’s playoff game against Philadelphia after he was a late add to the team’s injury report. The NFC North champion Bears announced Burton’s groin injury last night, and they listed him as questionable. The 27-year-old Burton spent his first three NFL seasons with the Eagles. He signed a $32 million, four-year contract with Chicago in March. All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson is active for the Bears after being sidelined by a right ankle injury. He missed the final two games of the season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets. The three-time defending AL champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York in exchange for Plawecki, who played in 78 games — with 64 starts — for the Mets last season. Plawecki batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs. The Indians were in the market for a catcher after trading All-Star Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in December.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 16 Marquette remains unbeaten at home after beating Xavier 70-52. Markus Howard scored 26 points and Sacar Anim had 20 as the Golden Eagles bounced back from an 89-69 loss at St. John’s in their Big East opener on New Year’s Day. Naji Marshall had 21 points for Xavier and Paul Scruggs finished with 17.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says suspended starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be missed when the Tigers play top-ranked Alabama in tomorrow night’s championship game. Swinney says Lawrence has been a difference-maker in the middle of the line all season. Lawrence and offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway missed Clemson’s 30-3 victory over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl last week after testing positive for a banned substance.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is forgoing his senior season by declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Jackson is a redshirt junior who already has graduated. He had a career-high 3,131 yards passing for 28 touchdowns, one short of matching the school’s single-season record, and 12 interceptions this season. He also scored seven touchdowns rushing. Jackson has been contemplating his future since placing his name into the NCAA transfer portal shortly after completing his season with a 42-32 loss to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.