- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis aldermen agreed to spend $150 million to help finance a new riverfront football stadium as part of the effort to keep the Rams from moving.

Aldermen voted 17-10 to approve the measure. “Won by a touchdown,” said Alderman Jack Coatar, a sponsor of the bill.

The vote does not guarantee that owner Stan Kroenke will keep the team in St. Louis, but was considered vital toward the effort to build the new $1 billion stadium that could entice NFL owners against allowing the Rams to move.

The Rams and two other teams are seeking to move to Los Angeles. League owners meet next month to consider the issue.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was listed on the team’s injury report with an illness that made him questionable Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Brady did not practice with the team, according to the injury report.

Since he took over when Drew Bledsoe was injured in Week 2 of the 2001 season, Brady has played in every game of every season except for 2008, when he was injured in the first quarter of the opener and missed the rest of the season.

Backup Jimmy Garoppolo has appeared in four games this season and has not thrown a pass this year.


Former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush agreed on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after spending 3 1/2 years in prison for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man.

Bush said that he has been sober since the March 2012 accident after years of alcohol issues.

Bush will report to minor league spring training in Arizona in February, the month he turns 30. He is home with his family in California, where he has been since his release from prison Oct. 30.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Bush will be accompanied throughout spring training by his father, who will also stay with him through the season if the hard-throwing right-handed reliever makes a minor league roster. Bush will continue in an Alcoholic Anonymous program and will have other requirements, including community service.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit with a record luxury tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll that fell just shy of $300 million.

For the first time, four teams exceeded baseball’s spending threshold and owe tax. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will pay along with the San Francisco Giants, a first-time offender.

Even if all that spending didn’t translate into success on the field.

Los Angeles finished with a record payroll of $291 million this year, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press. For purposes of the tax, which uses a different calculation method and includes benefits, the Dodgers’ payroll was $297.9 million.

The Dodgers, who have not reached the World Series since winning the 1988 title, have a three-year tax total of $81.6 million.


NEW YORK (AP) - The former head of the Costa Rican football federation has pleaded not guilty in the U.S. after being charged in a sprawling investigation of bribes and kickbacks involving FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

Eduardo Li pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Authorities say Li was extradited to the U.S. a week after withdrawing his appeal against being sent. He was brought to New York on Friday.

Li’s attorney says his client voluntarily returned to the U.S. and intends to fight the allegations.

About 20 soccer officials have been indicted on charges stemming from the U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport.


CLEVELAND (AP) - The wife of PGA champion Jason Day is suffering from concussion symptoms after NBA star LeBron James crashed into her during a Cavaliers game.

Day’s agent, Bud Martin, issued a statement saying Ellie Day “is resting comfortably and appreciates all of those who have reached out and are concerned about her.” He added she has “no hard feelings” toward James and quotes her as saying, “He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.”

Ellie Day was carried from Quicken Loans Arena on a backboard, placed on a stretcher with her head immobilized and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center on Thursday night. She was released early Friday morning.

James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of a 104-100 win over Oklahoma City when the 6-foot-8, 250-pound All-Star launched himself into the air, plowing into Day as she sat next to her husband.

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