Ravens' head coach says Lamar Jackson is team's No. 1 quarterback

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday selected rookie Lamar Jackson as his starting quarterback over Joe Flacco, opting to play the hot hand rather than a Super Bowl MVP who has been starting since his inaugural season in 2008.

After Flacco hurt his right hip in a loss to Pittsburgh on Nov 4, Jackson became the starter. Under his guidance, the Ravens ramped up their running game and went 3-1, the loss coming in overtime Sunday at Kansas City.

“Every decision is based on making us the strongest possible team we can be,” Harbaugh said. “Whether it’s quarterback or defensive line, that’s the bottom line. That’s what it boils down to. That’s how we feel about this decision, and we’re rolling.”

Jackson will start Sunday when the Ravens (7-6) host Tampa Bay (5-8).

“They drafted Lamar in the first round. At some point, something was going to happen between the two of us,” Flacco said. “Who knows what that was going to be? This is just what it is at this point.”

•Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL won’t pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league’s handling of those investigations.

The NFL came under scrutiny again when surveillance video — which both a hotel and police declined to make available to the league — showed former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February. Hunt was placed on the exempt list, then waived by the Chiefs after the video was aired by TMZ.

“First off, we don’t pay for video evidence,” Goodell said. “We’re not going to do it by corrupting people or trying to find a way to bribe them into giving us video. That’s not what we do.”

•The New Orleans Saints released wide receiver Brandon Marshall and claimed tight end Erik Swoope off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.

•Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a Cal alum, was placed on injured reserve because of a broken leg.

•The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Bryce Callahan on IR because of a broken left foot.


No. 3 Baylor rolls; Stanford next

Kalani Brown scored 21 points to lead five Baylor players in double figures as the No. 3 Bears prepped for No. 11 Stanford by rolling to a 96-58 victory over visiting Morehead State.

Baylor will face the Cardinal on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

“It’s good for our young players to get that type of competition and atmosphere so nobody is a deer in the headlights come tournament time,” Brown said. “Stanford is going to want to play us harder. I know they’re going to be ready to play.”

•Sabrina Ionescu had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as No. 7 Oregon (8-1) won 87-78 at South Dakota State (6-4). ... Candice White scored 19 points as host Fresno State (5-3) routed Santa Clara 80-53. Ashlyn Herlihy had 16 points for the Broncos (5-4). ... Alexis Robinson had 13 points to lead four Colorado players in double figures as the host Buffaloes (8-1) cruised to a 79-38 win over Prairie View (3-2).

•In men’s play, Bol Bol scored 20 points to lead host Oregon (6-3) to a 65-55 victory over San Diego (8-3). ... Jarrett Culver scored 15 points and No. 11 Texas Tech (9-0) built a 43-point halftime lead in a 79-44 win over visiting Northwestern State (2-8). ... Galen Robinson Jr. scored 18 points and No. 24 Houston (9-0) overcame a 15-point deficit in an 82-76 win over visiting LSU (7-3).

College football: Syracuse signed head coach Dino Babers to a contract extension. The No. 17 Orange (9-3) will play No. 15 West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl, their first postseason appearance in five years.

•Memphis running back Darrell Henderson said he will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Henderson is second nationally with 1,909 yards rushing and leads the nation with 2,328 all-purpose yards.

Volleyball: Stanford’s Jenna Gray, Morgan Hentz and Kathryn Plummer were named to the All-America first team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Stanford’s Tami Alade and Audriana Fitzmorris, along with Valley Christian alum Ronika Stone (Oregon), were second-team picks.

Soccer: On the final night of Champions League group play, Real Madrid fell to visiting CSKA Moscow 3-0 and Manchester United was beaten by host Valencia 2-1. Despite their losses, Real Madrid and Manchester United advance to the knockout stage of Europe’s championship.

Lyon became the last of the 16 teams to qualify, with a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk preserving second place behind Manchester City, which beat Hoffenheim 2-1.

Cycling: Sky — despite winning the Tour de France for a sixth time with Geraint Thomas this year — is set to withdraw from cycling following the European broadcaster’s takeover by Comcast. Team Sky will race under a different name from 2020 on only if new funding can be found, according to Sky.