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Published: 11/13/13 @ 12:05


Eagles sign Chaney’s Smith

PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Eagles signed return specialist Brad Smith, a Chaney High graduate who was released by the Buffalo Bills last weekend.

After passing a physical, Smith announced the move on his Twitter account on Tuesday: “I am extremely grateful to be joining the @Eagles !! #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly”

Smith, who has spent all season on injured reserve with a rib injury, also plays receiver and can be a quarterback in wildcat formations. He averaged 25.7 yards on kickoff returns with four touchdowns during an eight-year career with the New York Jets and Buffalo. Smith has five TDs receiving, four rushing and one passing.

$1M bond for suspects in Ariz. boxer’s death

PHOENIX

Two men were each ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday in the beating death of a 17-year-old national champion boxer from Phoenix.

Alexis Urbina was found unconscious and covered in blood in his family’s south Phoenix home on Sept. 3, according to police. The teen who aspired to be an Olympic boxer died of his injuries two days later.

There was no obvious sign of forced entry into the house, but Urbina’s family told police some of his boxing memorabilia was missing.

Urbina won the 141-pound Youth Men’s Division at the USA Boxing National Championships in April at Spokane, Wash.

Robert Chavez, 22, and Joseph Jessie Corrales, 23, were arrested Friday night by Phoenix police.

Tygart says door open for Lance Armstrong

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says his message to Lance Armstrong remains the same: Cooperate fully with us if you want to win back some of your reputation.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart tells The Associated Press it is “premature” to talk about a reduction in Armstrong’s life ban from organized sports if he cooperates. But he says the disgraced rider still has a chance to come forward and help himself and the sport.

There has been speculation that Armstrong may seek to lessen his sanction in return for helping USADA’s ongoing investigation into doping in cycling.

But Tygart says Armstrong has to “come in” and be “truthful on all fronts” — something he says the American hasn’t done yet.

Soccer player to be sold over political gesture

CAIRO

A championship Egyptian soccer team plans to sell a player who used a four-fingered gesture linked to supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Al Ahly has already suspended Ahmed Abdul Zaher. The player made the gesture after scoring in Sunday’s 2-0 win over South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the African Champions League final second leg in Cairo.

The club said Tuesday it will put the striker up for sale and will not take him to next month’s FIFA Club World Cup.

In a statement, Al Ahly said Abdul Zaher acknowledged making a mistake. It added that the club’s decisions are based on its practice of “refusing to mix between politics and sports” and observing FIFA rules.

Mexico gets last chance to qualify for WCup

MEXICO CITY

Mexico has yet another coach — and a last chance to reach next year’s soccer World Cup in Brazil.

El Tri, which last missed a World Cup in 1990, opens a two-game playoff today against New Zealand, with the winner earning a World Cup berth.

Mexico should be the overwhelming favorite, particularly in the first match at Azteca and the game played at an altitude of 7,350 feet. The 100,000-capacity stadium is always loud and intimidating, and the thin air makes it even worse for visitors.

The second leg is Nov. 20 in Wellington, New Zealand. Mexico will try to pile up the goals in hopes of an overwhelming advantage in the second game.

Vindicator staff/wire reports