The Mariners selected left-handed hitting first baseman Mike Ford, a Double-A All-Star in the Yankees organization this past season, in the MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday to shore up their 40-man roster. They also picked up a pair of minor league catchers and lost minor league pitcher Lane Ratliff.
The Pro Bowl linebackers each miss their second consecutive practice. Three days remain before the NFC West championship game against the first-place Los Angeles Rams that Wagner and Wright have recently throttled.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has declined a $150,000 raise as school officials face criticism for their handling of an ex-campus doctor who sexually assaulted many young gymnasts.
The Minnesota Vikings likely will be missing a pair of important offensive players on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were listed as doubtful on official injury report.