A task force empaneled by Missouri's governor made its formal financing pitch Tuesday to the NFL for a billion-dollar stadium along the Mississippi River, hoping to keep the St. Louis Rams from bolting for suburban Los Angeles or attract a new team if they do.

The nearly 400-page tome sent off by the group arrived at the league's offices Tuesday.

League owners meeting Jan. 12-13 in Houston are expected to decide if as many as two teams will be allowed to move. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers also are looking at relocating to the Los Angeles area.

"St. Louis has faithfully supported the NFL and, in particular, the St. Louis Rams since their arrival in 1995" from Los Angeles, said Bob Blitz, co-chair of the task force. "Our proposal this week to the NFL personifies that support."

Colts sign Freeman, Lindley

With three injured quarterbacks, the Colts signed former Buccaneers starter Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley, a Cardinals sixth-round pick in 2012. Coach Chuck Pagano insisted he had not yet ruled out Andrew Luck, who has missed six games because of a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, and said that backup Matt Hasselbeck was doubtful after hurting his throwing shoulder in Sunday's 18-12 win at Miami. Third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst went on injured reserve Monday because of an injured hamstring.

That left Stephen Morris, signed off Philadelphia's practice squad Dec. 24, as Indy's only healthy quarterback.

... Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement confirming that Gus Bradley will return as Jacksonville coach in 2016 when he will be in the final year of his contract. He is 12-35 in three seasons, 5-10 this year. ... Packers fullback John Kuhn was named to the Pro Bowl .


Ex-Red Sox Malzone dies

Matt Barzal scored the shootout winner to lift Canada to a 3-2 win over Switzerland on Tuesday in the world junior hockey championship.

Brayden Point also scored in the shootout for the Canadians. Both Swiss shooters were stopped by Mackenzie Blackwood.

Dylan Strome and Joe Hicketts scored in regulation for Canada. Damian Riat and Dario Meyer scored for Switzerland.

In another game on Tuesday, Alexander Polunin scored two goals to help Russia to a 4-1 victory over Belarus.

The U.S. will face Switzerland on Wednesday and Denmark on Thursday.


Ex-Red Sox Malzone dies

Former Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone, a six-time All-Star among the club's best hitters in history, died of natural causes. He was 85. Malozne, a member of the Red Sox hall of fame since 1995, played for Boston for 11 seasons, from 1955-65. He hit 131 homers with 716 RBI during that stretch, the most of any third baseman in club history. He finished his career with the California Angels in 1966, batting .206 with two homers and 12 RBI in 82 games.


Skiing: Frida Hansdotter held on to her first-run lead to win a women's World Cup slalom and extend her lead in the discipline standings to 100 points.

... Adrien Theaux won a wild World Cup downhill in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy by a large margin. Theaux won in 1 minute, 47.29 seconds on the dark and steep Deborah Compagnoni course for a 1.04-second advantage over Hannes Reichelt.

Tennis: World No. 9 Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Australian Open because of a back injury.

Ski jumping: Severin Freund became the first German winner on the ski jumping Four Hills Tour in 13 years at Toberstdorf, Germany when his big jump in the second heat gave him the opening leg ahead of Michael Hayboeck of Austria.