Update on the latest sports
Chiefs seek 10th straight win vs Chargers, AFC West title
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The two teams with the best records in the AFC meet Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Los Angeles Chargers.
The 11-2 Chiefs can clinch their third straight AFC West title and a first-round playoff bye with a win, while the 10-3 Chargers can forge a tie in the division and clinch their first postseason berth since 2013.
The Chargers have won three straight and nine of 10 to close within a game of Kansas City in the division race.
Both teams are playing at a high level despite some personnel challenges.
Kansas City released running back Kareem Hunt nearly two weeks ago because of off-the-field issues, and new starter Spencer Ware hurt his hamstring last Sunday against Baltimore. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is likely to miss Thursday night’s game with a lingering foot problem. Speedster Tyreek Hill is nursing wrist and heel injuries, but has insisted all week that he’ll be ready.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is expected to be a game-time decision after spraining his right knee against Arizona and missing the past two games. His primary backup, Austin Ekeler, is likely out after hurting his neck and sustaining a concussion in last week’s win over the Bengals.
AP source: Free agent reliever Familia set to return to Mets
UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent reliever Jeurys Familia (jeh-REES’ fah-MEEL’-yuh) is set to rejoin the New York Mets after being traded away last summer.
Familia has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity late Wednesday night at the winter meetings because the team had not yet announced the move. Familia likely must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
The right-hander will join a Mets bullpen that recently added major league saves leader Edwin Diaz in a trade with Seattle that also netted longtime All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, a move made by new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
The 29-year-old Familia had spent his entire career with the Mets before being traded to Oakland last July. This move likely means Familia can slide back into a setup role, where he flourished early in his career with New York.
Familia was a combined 8-6 with 18 saves in 24 chances and a 3.13 ERA for the Mets and A’s last season.
In other MLB news:
– The Colorado Rockies have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach after finishing with the lowest batting average in team history. The Rockies made the move Wednesday at the winter meetings. They also said Ron Gideon, who had been on manager Bud Black’s staff, will become the first base coach. Bench coach Mike Redmond, pitching coach Steve Foster, third base coach Stu Cole, bullpen coach Darren Holmes and assistant hitting coach Jeff Salazar will remain in their roles. Magadan has been a big league hitting coach for the last 16 seasons, including the past three with Arizona. The Rockies batted .256 this year with hitting coach Duane Espy.
SWIMMING-SHORT-COURSE WORLD RECORD
US swimmers set world record at short-course championships
HANGZHOU, China (AP) – The United States has set a world record in the 4×50-meter mixed medley relay at the world short-course swimming championships.
Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Dahlia, Michael Andrew and Olivia Smoliga won in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds, finishing .65 seconds ahead of the Netherlands.
American swimmers held the previous record of 1:37.17 set in Glasgow in 2013.
Also, Kirill Prigoda of Russia set a world record in the 200 breaststroke. Prigoda won in 2:16.
Koch held the previous record of 2:00.44 set in Berlin in 2016.
World swim body fights back launching new elite series
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – FINA says it’s launching a new series for elite swimmers, while being challenged by a privately run rival competition and a class action suit by Olympic and world champions.
FINA says the series of three meetings next March to May will invite Olympic and world champions, world record-holders, and top-ranked swimmers in four-lane races.
The “FINA Champions Swim Series” will pay $3.9 million in total prize money.
FINA announced the plan on Thursday, days after three top swimmers filed an antitrust suit in a Californian court against the Switzerland-based swim body’s alleged anticompetitive practices.
FINA has threatened to ban swimmers who compete in events linked to the proposed International Swimming League. It aims to operate outside FINA’s control and pay higher prize money.