Top National Sports Stories: Titans' Murray to sit again...Ridley turning pro...Texas basketball player diagnosed with leukemia

Published on January 11, 2018 at 07:05AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round this weekend. Head coach Mike Mularkey said yesterday that Murray is not close enough to be activated for Saturday’s game due to a knee injury suffered in Week 16. Derrick Henry will make his third straight start after rushing for 156 yards in Tennessee’s wild-card playoff win at Kansas City last Saturday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley is entering the NFL draft a year early after helping the Crimson Tide win its fifth national championship in nine years. Ridley is projected as a first-round pick after catching 63 passes for 967 yards for the Tide this past season. He is second in school history with 220 career catches and third with 2,749 yards.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has announced sophomore guard Andrew Jones has leukemia and has started treatment. Jones was the Longhorns’ leading scorer before he was sidelined by a broken wrist. He played sparingly in his return and was sent for tests after complaining of low energy.

UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a one-year deal worth almost $10.6 million. Allen was 3-7 with 30 saves and a 2.94 ERA for the AL Central champions. He has posted at least 30 saves in each of the past three years.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis has accepted a one-year, $10.5 million contract with Oakland after batting .247 with career highs of 43 home runs and 110 RBIs for the Athletics last season. The contract doubles the salary he received last year after beating the team in arbitration. Davis and Jimmie Foxx are the only players in A’s history with consecutive 40-homer seasons.