Steelers’ Connor to sit again
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Connor will miss a third straight game as the team tries to bolster their playoff hopes.
Conner took some reps with the scout team on Thursday but declared himself out for Sunday’s game against Arizona due to his aching right shoulder. He initially hurt the shoulder in the final minutes of a victory over Miami on Oct. 28 and has played part of just one game since.
Connor has rushed for 390 yards and four touchdowns on 102 carries this season, including 145 yards in his last full game.
The 7-5 Steelers currently are battling the Titans for the second and final AFC wild-card berth.
In other NFL news:
— Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he might miss Sunday’s game against the Texans because of a sprained left knee suffered two weeks ago against the Bills. He was held out last weekend against the Chargers, ending his 95-game starting streak.
— The Jaguars have placed linebacker Myles Jack on injured reserve, ending his disappointing season with four games to play. Jack hurt his right knee in a loss at Tennessee two weeks ago and sat out last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
— Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw in practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh. Mayfield's bruised throwing hand remains wrapped, but he zipped passes to Cleveland's running backs and tight ends during the early portion of the workout open to media members.
— The Redskins have signed wide receiver Jordan Veasy to their practice squad. Veasy featured in Colin Kaepernick’s bizarre workout last month in front of eight NFL teams, catching passes from the quarterback who’s been out of the league since 2016.
— Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods has been arrested on charges of possession of 2 to 4 ounces of marijuana and tampering with evidence. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say Woods told them he tried to put out a marijuana cigarette when he knew he was about to be stopped for speeding.
Reds, Moustakas finalize pact
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas have finalized a four-year, $64 million contract that’s the richest free agent deal in franchise history.
Moustakas hit .254 with 35 home runs and 87 RBIs for the Brewers last season, recording an .845 OPS and making the All-Star team for a third time. The nine-year major league veteran has belted 182 home runs and driven in 561 runs in 1,131 games for the Royals and Brewers.
In other MLB news:
— Outfielder Jake Marisnick has been acquired by the Mets from the Astros for pitching prospect Blake Taylor and minor league outfielder Kenedy Corona. The 28-year-old Marisnick hit .233 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 10 steals last season but is seventh among outfielders with 64 defensive runs save since 2004.
— The Brewers acquired catcher Omar Narváez (nahr-VY’-ehz) from the Mariners for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a compensation round pick in next June's amateur draft. Narváez becomes Milwaukee’s replacement for Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee grahn-DAHL'), who signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the White Sox.
Flames sign arena deal
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have a deal for a new downtown arena, a 35-year agreement that keeps the NHL club in the city for that time.
The team, the city and the Calgary Stampede rodeo signed the agreement to replace the 36-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome. Construction for the 19,000-seat arena is expected to begin in 2021 and cost more than $417 million. The facility will be built just north of the Saddledome, which will be demolished between 2024 and 2025.
Sportscaster seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Luke Walton
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former sportscaster Kelli Tennant is seeking dismissal of her sexual assault lawsuit against Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton.
Court records show the request for dismissal of the civil case was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Tennant alleged that Walton attacked her when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, which was from 2014 to 2016.
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