Apparently the holiday break has started for most people because Friday was a slow day in Kansas City sports news. The Chiefs are preparing to go play the Chicago Bears on Sunday and we got some good news on offense. A former one-year Mizzou baseball player is calling it quits on a good major league career. And if you enjoy watching SEC games on CBS you are not going to be happy.
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Chiefs running back Damien Williams was a full participant in practice on Friday. That’s great news for the team. It appears that he might be available to play on Sunday. Williams has been recovering from a rib injury which has kept him out of action since Week 11. Williams and Spencer Ware might be the leading options at running back right now with Ware being the best option for blocking on passing downs.
CBS Sports will not broadcast SEC football games when its current contract expires after the 2023 season. CBS reportedly increased its rights bid from the current $55 million per season to around $300 million per season but dropped out when the bidding went higher than that. ESPN/ABC is expected to end up paying over $330 million per season for just SEC football. The deal is reportedly for 15-17 games plus the SEC Championship game.
Ten former NFL players were indicted in U.S. federal court for health care fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. The indictment said that these players submitted false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement of medical equipment that was allegedly never purchased.
Former Kansas City Chiefs player Tamarick Vanover was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of health care fraud.
The government also filed notice that it intended to file criminal charges against former Chiefs player Joe Horn for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Joe Horn pleaded guilty Friday and is scheduled to be sentenced in April. He can receive a maximum of ten years in prison but is expected to get a lesser sentence because of his cooperation.
San Diego Padres second baseman Ian Kinsler has decided to retire and move into the Padres’ front office. Kinsler played 14 seasons, the first six of which came with the Texas Rangers. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers in a deal that sent Prince Fielder to Texas. Kinsler played four seasons with the Tigers. He finished his career splitting time in 2018 between the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox before playing in San Diego in 2019.
Kinsler finished with a .269 career batting average and 257 home runs. His career OPS was .777 and his OPS+ was 107. He had 1,999 hits. Kinsler was one of the better second basemen in baseball for a large part of his career. He’s probably not a Hall of Fame player but these days they are trying to vote for everyone so it could happen.
Ian Kinsler played the last year of his college baseball career at Missouri. He played his first two years at Central Arizona College and then Arizona State.
The Chicago White Sox signed LHP Gio Gonzalez to a $4.5 million contract with a club option for 2021 of $7 million and a $500,000 buyout.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: There is too much going on Saturday to list everything, but I will be watching all three local colleges play basketball as well as keeping an eye on the three NFL games and six bowl games. What a great time of year!
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