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Colts promote RB McNichols, 2 others from practice squad

Colts promote RB McNichols, 2 others from practice squad

Sports
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The Indianapolis Colts have promoted practice squad running back Jeremy McNichols, tight end Mo Alie-Cox and defensive end Carroll Phillips to the active roster. Indianapolis announced the roster moves on Friday. The Colts also waived linebacker Skai Moore and tight end Erik Swoope, while placing tackle/guard Joe Haeg on injured reserve. McNichols entered the league as a fifth round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played in two games and spent time on the San Francisco 49ers' active roster and practice squad in 2017. He participated in 49ers training camp and the offseason program before being waived on Sept. 1. McNichols originally signed to the Colts' practice squad on Sept. 3. Ali-Cox signed with the Colts' practice squad on Sept. 2. He ente...
Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

Sports
The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed five players, including offensive lineman Matt McCants, and also placed four players on waivers. McCants has played 28 NFL games, including three starts, while with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Bears. He has not started a game since 2013. The Bears also signed wide receiver Matt Fleming, defensive back John Franklin III, offensive lineman Jeremi Hall and defensive back Tyrin Holloway. The team waived offensive lineman Travis Averill, linebacker Howard Jones, offensive lineman Cameron Lee and linebacker Nyles Morgan. Franklin played quarterback and receiver during his college career, which included stops at Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic. He also starred in Netflix's "Last Chance U" documentary series. Holloway t...
Minnesota Vikings re-sign K Forbath, two others

Minnesota Vikings re-sign K Forbath, two others

Sports
The Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of three players on Wednesday: kicker Kai Forbath, tight end Josiah Price and long snapper Nick Dooley. They also waived linebacker Shaan Washington. The Vikings re-signed Forbath to a one-year deal, according to multiple media outlets. Forbath, who became a free agent last week, connected on a career-high 32 field-goal attempts last season -- including six from at least 50 yards. Forbath recorded a personal-best 38 field-goal attempts and finished with 130 points last season. Forbath struggled at times with extra points last season, however, as he missed an NFL-high five attempts. Price appeared in four preseason games with Minnesota in 2017, making one start. He was released during the final roster reduction on Sept. 2. Dooley will take part in...
An Indian rival to Spotify just raised $115 million from Tencent, others

An Indian rival to Spotify just raised $115 million from Tencent, others

Finance
Indian music streaming service Gaana has raised $ 115 million in a funding round led by Chinese tech giant Tencent.Gaana, a competitor to Spotify, said Wednesday it would look to use the raised capital to invest in artificial intelligence to personalize its music platform and develop its paid-user subscription product.The firm was established in 2010 by Indian tech incubator Time Internet, which has also backed the funding. Gaana did not specify how much money was invested by Tencent and Time Internet.Tencent is Asia's most valuable company, with a market value of almost $ 525 billion. It was the first Asian firm to pass the $ 500 billion mark, an achievement it shares with Silicon Valley titans Apple and Facebook.Gaana said it passed 60 million monthly active users in December. Spotify's ...
SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

Technology
An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, reusing a first stage that had flown on a previous launch, lifted off at 6:17 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Californians were hoping for a repeat of the spectacle that occurred during a Dec. 22 Falcon 9 launch during exceptionally clear twilight conditions, but this time the sky was much brighter, making the plume less brilliant. The Falcon's first stage was used to launch a satellite for Taiwan last August and was recovered by landing it on a drone ship in the Pacific. This time there was no effort to re...