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Pats Bring Back CB Cyrus Jones

September 20, 2018

Cornerback Cyrus Jones is back with the New England Patriots.

Jones was signed off the Ravens’ practice squad.

New England now has seven cornerbacks on the 53-man roster: Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, Cyrus Jones, J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen.

Drafted in the second round in 2016, Jones didn’t get off to a strong start in New England. He struggled with ball security as a rookie, although he did show flashes of his game-breaking ability as a punt and kick returner.

Jones tore the ACL in his right knee during the team’s 2017 preseason finale and spent the entire year on injured reserve.

Johnny Manziel will start for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night at Winnipeg. The 25-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t played since sustaining a concussion in his second start for the Als, a 24-17 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 11. ... Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is defending himself against allegations that he abused his 6-year-old son. He is calling the allegations “ridiculous” and says they’re being made by people with something to gain. McCoy spoke after practice Wednesday, a day after being called “a monster” by his son’s mother in a court document filed in Georgia.

BASEBALL

Kopech has elbow surgery

Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and will miss the 2019 season.

Kopech, the top pitching prospect in the organization, is expected to be ready for spring training in 2020. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Kopech, 22, was 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts this season. Kopech was acquired in the trade that sent star pitcher Chris Sale to Boston following the 2016 season. He was drafted by Boston in the first round in 2014.

The New York Mets are shutting down right-hander Zack Wheeler for the rest of the season as a precaution, ending a career-best year in which he logged nearly 100 more innings than 2017.

Wheeler missed two full seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. He returned last season and was 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts. After beginning this season in Triple-A following a difficult spring training, Wheeler was called up in April and went 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts while throwing 1821/3 innings.

GENERAL

Bruins win in Beijing

In China, Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Tuukka Rask made 22 saves and Boston beat Calgary to sweep the two-game O.R.G. NHL China Games.

DeBrusk broke a tie 5:27 into the third period, and Kevan Miller added an empty-netter. The Bruins won the opener 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night in Shenzhen. Sean Monahan scored for Calgary and Mike Smith stopped 16 shots.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation released Wednesday substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years. Investigators hired by the outspoken billionaire said there was no evidence to show Cuban knew of the most explosive allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery. But the report faulted Cuban for not firing two employees when there were clear signs he should have. ... Stan Wawrinka kept his injury comeback on track with a hard-fought win over Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open. ... Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is eligible to return to competition by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the length of Jones’ ban for his second violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. He has been suspended since testing positive for a steroid metabolite last summer, and the ban will conclude Oct. 28 -- 15 months after the collection of the positive sample.

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