Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NFC heavyweight Rams, Bears match up in Week 14 main event
The Los Angeles Rams have a chance to clinch a first-round playoff bye when they visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Soldier Field. Los Angeles (11-1) clinched the NFC West title for the second straight season. A win this weekend would give the Rams their first playoff bye since the 2003 season, when Mike Martz coached the team in St. Louis.
MLB notebook: Nationals owner not counting on Harper
If there were doubts about whether All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper would return to the Washington Nationals, team owner Mark Lerner on Friday didn't give fans any reason to be optimistic. "I really don't expect him to come back at this point," Lerner said on 106.7 The Fan, making his first substantial comments on the matter. "I think they've (Harper and agent Scott Boras) decided to move on. There's just too much money out there that he'd be leaving on the table. That's just not Mr. Boras' M.O. to leave money on the table."
NBA notebook: Bucks, Cavs make four-player trade
The Milwaukee Bucks are trading Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and two draft picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker, ESPN reported Friday. The trade includes first- and- second-round picks in 2021. The first-round pick is reportedly lottery-protected in 2021 and top-10 protected in 2022. There are other protections through 2024, but it converts to two second-round picks if not conveyed by 2025.
Police arrest four in connection to deaths of Valbuena, Castillo
Police in Venezuela have arrested four people in the aftermath of the deaths of former major-leaguers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, who were killed in a car crash early Friday morning. Yaracuy governor Julio Leon Heredia tweeted that police detained four people in possession of personal items belonging to the deceased players. Venezuelan news reports indicated that the players may actually have been victims of an intended robbery that led to their deaths.
Boxing: WBC sanctions direct rematch between Wilder and Fury
The World Boxing Council has given its approval for a "direct rematch" between its heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the United States and Britain's Tyson Fury, who fought to a draw in Los Angeles last weekend. "Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," the WBC said in a statement on Friday.
Steelers roll into Oakland minus RB Conner
The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost two games in a row and are without a true starting running back Sunday for a road game against the Oakland Raiders. James Conner, who had two touchdowns for Pittsburgh (7-4-1) last weekend and is approaching 1,000 yards rushing, has been filling in more than capably for the now-exiled Le'Veon Bell, but Conner will miss the game against Oakland.
NHL notebook: Sens reportedly place Duchene on IR
The Ottawa Senators placed center Matt Duchene on injured reserve Friday, per the NHL media site. Duchene left Thursday night's game versus the Montreal Canadiens in the second period, grabbing his leg while skating off the ice. The Senators described it as a "lower body" injury.
NFL notebook: Flacco questionable, could be backup
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a full participant in Friday's practice for the first time since injuring his hip in Week 9, but he is officially questionable Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Flacco has not been cleared yet to play a game, but that could happen before Sunday.
Figure skating: American Cain suffers nasty fall in Croatia
American pairs figure skater Ashley Cain suffered a scary fall at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia on Friday after her partner Timothy LeDuc appeared to lose his grip on her at the end of an overhead lift during their long program. The back of Cain's head hit the ice before LeDuc fell on top of her. The 23-year-old initially appeared unconscious when LeDuc lifted her head off the ice but she got up and they completed their program.
Brady, Pats head to site of struggles at Dolphins
Tom Brady is 7-9 when playing on the road against the Miami Dolphins. Let that statistic sink in: Brady, the 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has led the New England Patriots to five Super Bowl titles, winning MVP honors in four of those ultimate games, has lost more than he has won at the Dolphins.
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