Jets’ Bell sits out practice but could play vs. Giants
UNDATED (AP) — New York Jets running back Le’Veon (LAY’-vee-ohn) Bell is sitting out practice with ankle and knee soreness, but the team is optimistic he will be able to play Sunday against the Giants.
Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that an MRI a day earlier revealed no structural damage.
Bell was hurt late during New York’s 26-18 loss at Miami on Sunday. The star running back never left the game and Gase didn’t know Bell’s knee or ankle were bothering him until Monday when he missed a meeting to have tests.
Bell is off to a sluggish start in his first season with the Jets. He has 415 yards on 125 carries, a 3.3 average that ranks as the lowest of his career. Bell ranks second on the team with 40 receptions.
In other NFL news:
— Browns starting safety Damarious Randall has returned to practice after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Randall’s return is significant because the 2-6 Browns are thin at the position after releasing Jermaine Whitehead. The team cut Whitehead on Monday after he posted profane, threatening messages on Twitter following Cleveland’s loss in Denver on Sunday. Randall got hurt in the Browns’ loss to Seattle on Oct. 13. Starting defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight ends Pharaoh Brown and Ricky Seals-Jones were missing from Wednesday’s practice. Coach Freddie Kitchens said they are considered day to day.
— The Arizona Cardinals have activated offensive lineman Max Garcia from the physically unable to perform list and placed defensive lineman Clinton McDonald on injured reserve. McDonald had played in all nine games this season as a backup, making eight tackles. The 10-year veteran left Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with what the team called a stinger. Garcia signed with the Cardinals in the offseason but has missed the entire season with a knee injury. He spent the past four years with the Denver Broncos. The team also announced Wednesday that it released linebacker Zach Brown.
— Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say Cowboys defensive lineman Daniel Ross has been arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police said Ross was arrested Wednesday morning but didn’t provide further details. The 26-year-old is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He played in 13 games in a backup role last season, recording 14 tackles and one sack. Ross joined the Cowboys off Kansas City’s practice squad in 2017.
Arbitration: Hader, Urías eligible; García, Weaver just miss
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee closer Josh Hader just made the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility with 2 years, 115 days of major league service.
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías also is on the list of 23 so-called Super 2s with 2 years, 117 days. The cutoff was down significantly from 2 years, 134 days last offseason.
Miami left-hander Jarlin García just missed with 2 years, 114 days, and Arizona right-hander Luke Weaver had 2 years, 112 days.
The New York Yankees have four Super 2s: right-handers Luis Cessa and Jonathan Holder, left-hander Jordan Montgomery and third baseman Gio Urshela.
Urías is joined by Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and Hader by Brewers left-hander Brent Suter.
The top 22% of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration as long as they had at least 86 days of service this year. They join the older group of 3- to 6-year players.
Players and teams are scheduled to exchange proposed salaries on Jan. 10, and hearings for those lacking agreements will be scheduled for Feb. 3 to 21 in Phoenix.
MLB-BBWAA NEW YORK CHAPTER AWARDS
Strasburg, Soto share postseason MVP from New York writers
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
They will be honored at the chapter’s 97th annual dinner on Jan. 25 in Manhattan.
Mets rookie Pete Alonso was named recipient of the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award and the Ben Epstein/Dan Castellano Good Guy award on Wednesday. The Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) was selected New York player of the year.
Retiring Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) was voted the William J. Slocum and Jack Lang award winner for Long and Meritorious Service.
Mets pitcher Steven Matz will get the Joan Payson/Shannon Forde award for community service.
TRACK-DIAMOND LEAGUE REVAMP
Diamond League track series drops 3 less popular events
MONACO (AP) — Track and field’s global Diamond League series is dropping discus, triple jump and the 3,000 meters steeplechase as official points-scoring events due to fading interest from fans.
The IAAF governing body says the 200 meters will also be skipped next year due to tight schedules for athletes in the Tokyo Olympics season.
The four events will still be included at some of the 14 regular meetings, though not the Sept. 11 finals at Zurich.
It’s part of a Diamond League revamp to include the most popular events — topped by the 100 meters, long jump and high jump — and fewer long-distance races in a shorter, 90-minute broadcast package.