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Bills promote running back Ford with McCoy, Ivory hurt


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have promoted running back Keith Ford from their practice squad to provide insurance with starter LeSean McCoy and backup Chris Ivory nursing injuries.


McCoy hurt his hamstring and Ivory hurt his left shoulder in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend.


Coach Sean McDermott listed McCoy and Ivory as being day to day on Monday, while adding he’ll get a better idea of their status once the team returned to practice Wednesday. McDermott is scheduled to speak later in the day with Buffalo preparing to host Detroit on Sunday. The only other running back on the Bills’ roster is Marcus Murphy.


Safety Dean Marlowe also was promoted from the practice squad a day after Buffalo placed cornerback Taron Johnson on injured reserve.


The Bills also signed receiver Tanner McEvoy, tight end Kyle Carter and cornerback Josh Thornton to their practice squad.




McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Major League Baseball’s winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, with word of Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia’s outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go.


The World Series champion Red Sox made a move, too – with their lineup. AL MVP Mookie Betts will shift out of the leadoff spot and bat behind Andrew Benintendi, according to manager Alex Cora said.


McCutchen and the Phillies agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.


But any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck.


Speculation continued to swirl about a huge swap that would include the Yankees and Mets. The New York teams don’t usually do business directly, but this trade would enlist a third team – the Miami Marlins and Realmuto, their star catcher.


There were reports the Baltimore Orioles were close to hiring a manager in Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde. But the O’s said those stories were premature and they wouldn’t make a decision before leaving Las Vegas.




US relay teams set short course world records


HANGZHOU, China (AP) – The United States has set a world record in the 4×50-meter mixed freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships.


The U.S. team of Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Dahlia won in 1 minute, 27.89 seconds, ahead of the Netherlands and Russia.


The Americans beat the previous world record of 1:28.39 set by the Netherlands in Copenhagen in 2011.


Dahlia and Comerford also helped the U.S. set a world record in the women’s 4×50 medley, combining with Olivia Smoliga and Katie Meili for a time of 1:42.38. China was second with the Netherlands third.


The previous record of 1:43.27 was set by the U.S. in Canada in 2016.




American skier Ganong leads Val Gardena downhill training


SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) – American skiers claimed three of the top five spots Wednesday in the opening training session for the Val Gardena downhill, led by Travis Ganong.


Ganong finished 0.68 seconds ahead of Austrian skier Max Franz, while teammate Bryce Bennett was third, 0.72 behind.


Italian veteran Christof Innerhofer was fourth, 0.73 behind, and Thomas Biesemeyer of the United States was fifth, 0.78 behind.


Steven Nyman, the American who has won the Val Gardena downhill three times and who is also returning from a knee injury, placed 10th in training.


Another training session is scheduled for Thursday, followed by a super-G race Friday and the downhill race Saturday.




Stars & Stripes Team USA launches all-American cup challenge


SAN DIEGO (AP) – Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted as a challenger for the 2021 America’s Cup, promising to have an all-American squad in a competition where nationality has mattered little in recent decades.


The name is a nod to Dennis Conner, who won the America’s Cup four times, twice with boats named Stars & Stripes.


Stars & Stripes Team USA was co-founded by professional sailors Taylor Canfield, one of the world’s top match-racing skippers, and Mike Buckley.


The team is backed by the Long Beach Yacht Club, which hosts the prestigious Congressional Cup match-racing regatta. Canfield has won the Congressional Cup four times in the last five years.

Stars & Stripes Team USA becomes the second American challenger and fifth overall accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for the 36th America’s Cup.



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