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Chiefs-Rams Game Moved From Mexico City To LA Due To Field Conditions

Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game is being moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of field conditions, the league announced Tuesday. After rumors surfaced on Tuesday that discussions about moving the game were taking place, it was reported that a “number” of players were considering not playing in the game if it remained slated for Mexico City due to concerns about injuries. The Chiefs and Rams were slated to play in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, but according to ESPN, the field was “a mess” and might not be safe for players. As part of the NFL’s international series, the home team must keep the date open at its stadium in case of an emergency. Because of that, the Rams have kept the L.A. Coliseum available. Both teams are at 9–1, so the game is widely anticipated. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET. ...Read more

Washington Capitals’ Forward Tom Wilson Has Suspension Reduced To 14 Games

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 games by neutral arbitrator Shyam Das, making Wilson eligible to play in Washington’s game on Tuesday vs. the Minnesota Wild. Wilson was banned by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit to the head on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist during a preseason game played on Sept. 30. It was his fourth suspension since September 2017, thus deeming him a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. This is the second time recently that Das has overruled an NHL suspension, having dropped Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension, handed out for an offseason domestic assault incident, to 18 games on Oct. 12.  ...Read more

MLB Investigating Discrimination Claims Against Seattle Mariners

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it plans to investigate claims of racial discrimination against the Seattle Mariners, made on Monday by a former employee. The league said in a statement that the “MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.” The Mariners former director of high performance, Lorena Martin, accused the organization of discrimination and derogatory remarks in an Instagram post Monday. She singled out general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay, saying the trio called Latin American players “LAZY, DUMB, and STUPID, especially the DOMINICANS.” Martin also accused the team of “firing innocent trainers for trying to do the right thing and because of their color/race.” ...Read more

Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp Out For Season With Torn ACL

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a non-contact knee injury in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, and now the team has confirmed that Kupp indeed has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the game and was helped off the field by the Rams’ training staff, without returning. Kupp also suffered a concussion during the first meeting with Seattle in Week 5 and then was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos the following week. He leads the Rams with six TD receptions and is third on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (566). In Kupp’s absence, Todd Gurley will be in the backfield with their two leading receivers, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.  ...Read more

New Orleans Saints Sign Veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall

The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran Brandon Marshall to a one-year deal, to replace Dez Bryant. Sean Payton confirmed the signing on Monday, saying at Marshall’s workout on Monday: “He moved around well. He’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s someone that’s been in a number of systems. And overall he had a good workout. He’s got good length and size. He’s another big target.” ...Read more

Lewis Hamilton Wins Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix

Britain’s five-time world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. It was Hamilton’s fifth consecutive constructors’ title, and the second-to-last race of the 2018 F1 season. Hamilton had clinched his fifth F1 drivers’ title two weeks ago at the Mexican GP,  and on Saturday took the 10th pole position of the season on the grid. The 33-year-old Hamilton earned his 72nd F1 victory with Sunday’s win, coming in with a winning time of 1:27:09.066, 1.469 — seconds ahead of the Netherlands’ Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and 4.764 seconds ahead of Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) . The win put Mercedes 67 points ahead of Ferrari, at 620 to 553. ...Read more

Louisville Fires Head Coach Bobby Petrino After 2-8 Season

Louisville fired head coach Bobby Petrino, the school announced Sunday morning. Petrino, 57, was dismissed in the middle of his fifth season of his second stint with the Cardinals, this coming after the team has had a string of 7 losses, including those against Clemson and Syracuse. Louisville recorded its lone victories against Indiana State and Western Kentucky and is winless (0-7) in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinals have been outscored 291-125 over its last five match-ups. Petrino is owed a $14.1 million buyout by the university that will be paid out over the next few years. He is 119-56 in his career with Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky. ...Read more

Tim Tebow To Start Triple-A For Mets Organization In 2019

New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow is expected to start the 2019 season with Class AAA Syracuse, which will be a promotion for the former NFL quarterback. The Mets new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday, “that’s a great next step for him; we’re excited to get him back in camp and hopefully after a trip to Syracuse he’ll be able to prove to us and everybody in baseball that he can make an impact in the big leagues.” The 31-year-old Tebow hit .273 with 6 homers and 36 RBI in 84 games in 2018 for Class AA Binghamton before a broken bone in his right hand required surgery and cut his season short in July.  Tebow signed with Mets in late 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBI in 126 games at two levels of Class A.  ...Read more

Jung Ho Kang Signs With Pittsburgh Pirates For $3M, 1-Year Deal

Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang agreed on Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Pirates, that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for the 31-year-old Kang, which initiated a $250,000 buyout. General manager Neal Huntington said in a statement, “we feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup. Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.” The Pirates signed Kang to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, the high point of Kang’s MLB career. Kang didn’t play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea.  ...Read more

Red Bulls’ Aaron Long Wins MLS Defender Of The Year

26-year-old Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls was named MLS Defender of the Year on Wednesday, after helping his team allow a league-low 33 goals. Long added three goals and two assists in 34 matches (31 starts), on top of his stellar defensive work. Long received 26.52 percent of the vote to edge out Chad Marshall (20.93) of the Seattle Sounders. Atlanta United teammates Michael Parkhurst (7.1) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (5.78) were third and fourth, respectively, while Kemar Lawrence (5.6) of the Red Bulls was fifth. Long joined the Red Bulls in 2016 and didn’t see any play time until his breakthrough 2017, when he played in 31 games (30 starts.) He was also a member of the MLS All-Star team. Long and the Red Bulls will host the Columbus Crew on Sunday for the second match of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Crew won the opening match 1-0. ...Read more