Osweiler to Start Vs. the Patriots
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced Monday that he’s sticking with Brock Osweiler as his starting quarterback despite his pair of costly interceptions in Denver’s 51-23 flop in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Despite making many mistakes and completing just half of his 38 throws, Osweiler energized the team after taking over for a turnover-prone Trevor Siemian and made several good decisions, such as his audible on his touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, Joseph said. Joseph isn’t committing to any quarterback beyond Sunday, when the Broncos (3-5) host the Patriots (6-2).
The NFL suspended Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness in the Buccaneers’ loss at New Orleans. Evans ran up from behind and knocked over Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a confrontation between Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who was on the sideline because of a sore shoulder, and Lattimore. ... Jeremy Kerley insists he did nothing wrong to warrant a four-game suspension. The New York Jets wide receiver-punt returner was banned from the team without pay by the NFL after the league said Kerley violated its policy on performance-enhancing substances. His suspension begins immediately.
Qualifying offers made
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams.
Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana. Players have until Nov. 16 to accept.
Former stars Steve Garvey, Jack Morris and Tommy John and longtime players’ union chief Marvin Miller are among the 10 names on the ballot for a Hall of Fame election next month. Results will be released on Dec. 10 at the baseball winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell also are eligible on the Modern Baseball Era ballot, which recognizes those whose biggest contributions came from 1970-87. ... Seven minor league baseball players have been suspended for drug violations. One of them was Boston shortstop Deiner Lopez, with Double-A Portland, was penalized 50 games for a positive test of Amphetamine, a stimulant.
‘Ultimate’ sport in Vermont
Vermont is now the first state in the United States to recognize “ultimate” -- the game that started as Ultimate Frisbee -- as a high school varsity sport.
A committee that oversees high school sports in the state, the Vermont Principals Association, unanimously approved ultimate last week as a varsity sport starting in the spring of 2019. Ultimate is played on a field slightly smaller than a football field by teams of seven.
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has agreed to a four-year contract extension that includes the option for him to step aside or continue coaching after the 2021-22 season.
Huggins, 64, will earn $3.75 million this season, including a base salary of $250,000. He’ll get $100,000 raises each year.