UNDATED (AP) — The Chiefs have placed cornerback Phillip Gaines on injured reserve, possibly ending his time in Kansas City, and signed defensive tackle Stefan Charles ahead of their playoff game against Tennessee. Gaines dislocated his elbow in last weekend's game against Denver. He is not under contract next season and may have played his final game for the Chiefs.
UNDATED (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Receiver Randy Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut. Voting by the Hall of Fame selectors will be Feb. 3 in Minneapolis. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine.
UNDATED (AP) — Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Schultz was an All-Pac-12 selection this season when he had 22 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns.. Also, turning in their jerseys are Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, tailback Kerryon Johnson, and senior safeties Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts. Tight end Ryan Izzo will forego his final year of eligibility at Florida State as well.
UNDATED (AP) — — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault to a $30 million, six-year contract extension. General manager George McPhee announced the deal today. Marchessault will count $5 million against the NHL salary cap through the 2023-24 season. Also, Nashville Predators forward and leading scorer Filip Forsberg will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury.
UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where has won six of his 12 major championships. Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. And Kei Nishikori's agent says the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is also pulling out. The agent says Nishikori isn't ready to play best-of-five-set matches as he returns from an injured right wrist. The Australian Open begins Jan. 15.