Friday’s Sports In Brief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for allegations of workplace misconduct.
The team said former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm.
Team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release that the Panthers and the 81-year-old Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve because of a neck injury, ending the running back’s season after only six games with the Arizona Cardinals.
Acquired from New Orleans on Oct. 10, Peterson ran for 448 yards – 314 in his first three games – and two touchdowns on 129 carries and had nine catches for 66 yards with the Cardinals. He missed the last two games.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Trevor Siemian’s season is over after the Broncos’ starting quarterback injured his left shoulder Thursday in Denver’s 25-13 win at Indianapolis, coach Vance Joseph said. Joseph also hinted that Paxton Lynch and not Brock Osweiler would start next week at Washington.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – The New York Jets benched defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, the latest in what has become a string of discipline issues involving the franchise’s highest-paid player.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Texas acquired Matt Moore in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, raising the possibility of four left-handers in the Rangers’ rotation.
Texas sent minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff to the Giants. The Rangers also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment from the Giants.
San Francisco last month exercised Moore’s $7 million option for 2018. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for losses as the Giants finished last in the NL West.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Carlos Santana is bringing his big bat and postseason experience to the Phillies.
The 31-year-old first baseman became the first of the offseason’s big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing to a $60 million, three-year contract with Philadelphia, according to two people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is contingent on Santana passing a physical.
Santana became the first to reach a deal among the nine free agents who last month rejected $17.4 million qualifying offers from their former teams.
Philadelphia also traded shortstop Freddy Galvis to San Diego for minor league pitcher Enyel De Los Santos, and finalized two-year deals with relievers Tommy Hunter ($18 million) and Pat Neshek ($16.25 million).
Santana hit 23 home runs with 79 RBIs this year for Cleveland, where he spent all eight of his big league seasons.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – All-Star infielder Zack Cozart agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base.
The 32-year-old was a first-time All-Start this year. He hit .297 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs for Cincinnati.
Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is at shortstop for the Angels. Yunel Escobar is not expected to return at third after struggling with injuries this year.
HOUSTON (AP) – Hector Rondon agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros.
The 29-year-old reliever spent the last five years with the Chicago Cubs, where he went 18-13 with a 3.22 ERA and 77 saves. He was 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins finalized their $4.5 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney.
DENVER (AP) – Colorado completed $27 million, three-year contracts with right-hander Bryan Shaw and lefty Jake McGee, moves the Rockies hope will fortify their bullpen.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Kurt Busch will return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season.
The 2017 Daytona 500 champion will start his fifth season with SHR with a new crew chief. Busch will be paired on the No. 41 Ford with Billy Scott, who takes over for Tony Gibson. Gibson will remain with SHR in a yet-to-be determined capacity.
Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion and has 29 career victories. SHR had declined the 2018 contract option on Busch but the organization had said it planned to bring him back for another year.
SALEM, Va. (AP) – Mount Union won its 13th Division III football national championship with a 12-0 victory over defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Purple Raiders (15-0) limited Mary Hardin-Baylor to 144 yards. The Crusaders (14-1) had not trailed all season and had their 29-game winning streak snapped.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach. Napier replaced Mark Hudspeth, fired after the Ragin’ Cajuns finished 5-7 this season.
Napier spent one season at Arizona State. He was promoted to associate head coach and offensive coordinator last week after Herm Edwards was hired as head coach to replace the fired Todd Graham.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Toledo coach Jason Candle signed a six-year contract that runs through the 2023 and will pay him more than $1 million per year. Candle is 21-6 in two full seasons at Toledo. The Rockets won the Mid-American Conference for the first time since 2004.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) – John-Henry Krueger qualified for his first Olympic team and Lana Gehring made her second nearly eight years apart at the U.S. short track speedskating trials.
Krueger won the second 1,500-meter final after two-time Olympian J.R. Celski crashed with a lap to go on the first night of competition. Gehring swept the women’s 1,500 finals, both of which were marred by crashes involving some of the top skaters on the hockey-sized rink in the middle of the big Utah Olympic Oval.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as president of Brazil’s soccer confederation, two years after he was indicted in the United States on charges of wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. FIFA said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been banned for 90 days from all soccer activities.