Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFL notebook: Bears' Trubisky near 100 percent
Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who said Wednesday he is "really close" to 100 percent. Trubisky is expected to return to the lineup Sunday for the Bears' NFC showdown at Soldier Field against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
Alpine skiing: Shiffrin eyes record but says Schild is greatest
Mikaela Shiffrin will probably become the most prolific World Cup women's slalom winner in the coming weeks, but she said on Wednesday she would never consider herself the equal of the current record holder. Shiffrin has two slalom wins this season, taking her career tally to 34, one behind technically brilliant Austrian Marlies Schild.
Saints CB Lattimore gets another shot at Bucs WR Evans
Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked 36 times and taken a lot of punishment this season, which worries the Falcons. Ryan was knocked down eight times in last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens to raise his season total to an NFL-leading 91. "I'm concerned about it because if we're not protecting him in the way that we can, then that gets hard," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said in a press conference. "There are some games that the score is out of whack and it turns into a dropback game, there are going to be more chances for a defense to go after them, you know that. But at the end of it, yeah, I'm concerned, but I'm as concerned about us playing as well as we can." Considering the abuse, Ryan has a stellar touchdown-to-interceptions rate of 25 to 5. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton continues to have shoulder woes and the quarterback admits he may need further surgery in the future. He had his throwing shoulder repaired following the 2016 season but he is again experiencing issues. "I would not have expected me to still have things lingering from that (surgery), but at the end of the day it is what it is," Newton told reporters. "It's about managing pain and understanding you have a job to do, a responsibility to put your best product out on the field, and I want to do that for myself and this team." Coach Ron Rivera suggested the injury could lead to someone else -- Taylor Heinicke is the backup -- on the field if it worsens. "We just have to be ready to do something different if we have to," Rivera said. "I think that's probably where we are going to get to. I'm not sure yet, but we'll see how it goes."
Durant: Environment around LeBron is 'toxic'
Kevin Durant could become a free agent following the season, but it doesn't sound as if he sees himself as a fit with LeBron James. The Golden State Warriors star told Bleacher Report that it will be hard for the Los Angeles Lakers to sign players to be teammates of James because of the "toxic" environment that comes with the territory.
USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy
USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, saying that it is staggering under the weight of lawsuits filed by hundreds of women who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization's chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis.
Reports: Cleveland police reviewing Hunt incident
Police in Cleveland have launched an internal investigation to determine how the NFL got the police report for the Feb. 10 incident involving ex-Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, according to multiple reports Wednesday. News of the fight between Hunt and a 19-year-old woman gained renewed attention last Friday when TMZ posted surveillance video from a downtown Cleveland hotel that shows Hunt shoving the woman and then kicking her while she is on the ground. The Chiefs released Hunt hours after the video was made public.
Recovering Amendola angling to play against Patriots
Buffalo Bills: Head coach Sean McDermott told reporters Wednesday that the team released veteran wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin because the player-team pairing "obviously didn't work." He added: "The important (thing) ... for us, is that we continue to take swings and we did. You step up to the plate and you take a swing and some of those are going to work and some aren't." All but out of the playoff picture at 4-8, the Bills will look at younger players and start building for 2009. "We've got some younger receives that have stepped up and showed some signs of their potential and flashed," McDermott said. "Our commitment to them is to give them more opportunities and to see them build a relationship with Josh (Allen) to see them continue to develop and that's important moving forward." Miami Dolphins: Receiver Danny Amendola missed last Sunday's game against the Bills but practiced Wednesday. Head coach Adam Gase said he was unsure of Amendola's status for their upcoming game, although the wideout is eager to meet his former teammates and the New England Patriots. "He wants to play in this game as bad as anybody," Gase said. "I'm trying to give him a little bit of the ability to show that he can go, but at the same time just try to make sure that we get through the week the right way. We don't [want to] lose him for any longer than we already have." Amendola left the Patriots after the 2017 season, lured by a two-year contract that can be worth as much as $12 million. He had two catches for 21 yards in a Week 4 game at New England.
NHL: Rangers still the NHL's most valuable team - Forbes
The New York Rangers are the most valuable National Hockey League franchise for a fourth consecutive year at more than double the league average, according to the annual list https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2018/12/05/the-nhls-most-valuable-teams/#1e991f9050e2 published by business magazine Forbes on Wednesday. The Rangers, who missed the playoffs last season, are worth $1.55 billion, up 3 percent from last year, Forbes said.
College football notebook: Colorado names Tucker head coach
Colorado hired Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its head coach, the school announced Wednesday. He will be introduced Thursday and begin immediately. Tucker replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was fired Nov. 18. Colorado athletic director Rick George has asked the university Board of Regents to approve a five-year, $14.75 million deal at its meeting this month.
Aikman says Jimmy Johnson deserves Cowboys honor
Dallas Cowboys: Former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt became the 22nd member of the team's Ring of Honor last Thursday. Troy Aikman, one of the 22, wants a 23rd member to join the select company. That's his former coach, Jimmy Johnson, who led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles in five seasons as the head coach. "I do know that not being in the Cowboys Ring of Honor is a major disappointment to him," Aikman told radio station 1310 The Ticket. "It's a major disappointment to me, for that matter. The guy turned the franchise around and brought back America's Team and made the Cowboys relevant again. I ran into a lot of people when we began to win and they said they were big Cowboys fans, but that stadium was not selling out in 1989. It probably wasn't in ‘88 the year before I got there either. Jimmy was a big part. He certainly was an architect of putting together those teams and drafting those players that you could argue was maybe the most talent in the history of our sport." New York Giants: The Giants might not listen to his opinion as they plan for 2019 and beyond, but one New York Super Bowl-winning quarterback had a strong endorsement of another New York Super Bowl-winning quarterback. "I'd have him on my team anytime, any game, any type of game," New York Jets legend Joe Namath said to MSG about Eli Manning. "Between the lines on the grass or outside on the street -- I think he's a winner. I know he's tough." Namath added: "I think they need a team, they need more players. When you're asking me about building around a quarterback ... with Lady Luck on his side, you can get up into your 40s and still be productive. I still think Eli has a few more years left in him where he can be productive."
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