Vikings activate Bradford...Texans hire a general manager...Keith Jackson dead at 89

January 13, 2018 - 1:37 pm

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster for tomorrow's playoff game against New Orleans. The Vikings have waived tight end Kyle Carter to make room for Bradford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9. He returned to practice last week after recovering from a left knee injury.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022. Gaine brings 19 years of NFL personnel experience to Houston. He spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel. He also served as the Texans' director of player personnel from 2015-16 and director of pro personnel in 2014.

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Keith Jackson, the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades, has died. ESPN says Jackson died yesterday at age 89. A member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Jackson was known for phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" He retired after the 2006 Rose Bowl.

MIAMI (AP) — Outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins after spending the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right-handed pitchers Jumbo Diaz, Javy Guerra and Tyler Cloyd and left-hander Mike Kickham also signed minor league deals with the Marlins. All five players received invitations to spring training.

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania (AP) — The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut. LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball finished a combined 0 for 7 as their Lithuanian team lost today, 95-86. The brothers signed with the team last month after LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA, where he'd been suspended indefinitely over a shoplifting arrest in China.

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