Sports briefs: Nov. 14

November 14, 2012 

NFL

Big Ben questionable for Ravens with sprained shoulder

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained right shoulder and his status for Sunday's showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore is uncertain.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger is "questionable" and is waiting for more details on the quarterback's condition. Roethlisberger left Monday night's 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City in the third quarter after getting slammed to the ground by Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

Veteran backup Byron Leftwich filled in and completed 7 of 14 passes for 73 yards. Leftwich's last start came in 2009 while playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

Shaun Suisham made a 23-yard field goal less than a minute into overtime as the Steelers survived a scare at Heinz Field.

Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop sent the game into OT with a 46-yard field goal as time expired in regulation before Kansas City got the first possession of overtime. However, Matt Cassel was intercepted by Lawrence Timmons on the second play from scrimmage.

Timmons returned the pick 23 yards to the Kansas City 5 and Suisham hit the game-winner on the next play.

A grand jury in Houston has dismissed a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowler and other witnesses.

Derek Hollingsworth, one of Peterson's attorneys, said Tuesday the case stemming from Peterson's July 7 arrest outside a nightclub is expected to be formally dropped on Wednesday. Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher this season, averaging 112.8 yards per game..

Receiver Stevie Johnson still can't get over how the Buffalo Bills botched their final play in a loss to New England last weekend. On Tuesday, Johnson second-guessed why a more experienced receiver wasn't targeted on a play that ended with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing an interception into the end zone to seal a 37-31 loss. Johnson came to T.J. Graham's defense, saying the rookie receiver shouldn't be faulted for running the wrong route because he had never attempted it in practice. He raised his concerns as the Bills (3-6) prepared to host Miami (4-5) on Thursday night.

The Bears have signed veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown with Jay Cutler's status for this week uncertain. Cutler sat out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston with a concussion. Jason Campbell took over and is expected to start Monday at San Francisco if Cutler can't go. McCown appeared in three games with Chicago last season and made two starts, completing 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.


NASCAR

Nationwide to stop at Mid-Ohio in 2013

The 2013 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series was announced Tuesday. The lineup includes an Aug. 17 trip to the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course Mid-Ohio for the first time in series history. The track is in Lexington, Ohio.

As normal, the 33-race schedule will begin at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 23 and finish up at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. The series will visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year on July 27. Kentucky Speedway again has two races. The Kentucky race on June 28 is a qualifying event for the 2013 "Dash 4 Cash" bonus program. Nationwide also stops in Kentucky Sept. 21.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Temple in Big East's West Division

The Big East will have a West Division, and Temple, located in Philadelphia, will be part of it. The conference announced its divisional alignment for 2013, when it becomes a 12-team league.

The East will have Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.

Former players, old adversaries and politicians were among the crowd of 1,500 that gathered in Austin on Tuesday to celebrate the life of legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal.

Royal, who died last week at the age of 88, was eulogized by current UT coach Mack Brown and professional golfer Ben Crenshaw. Willie Nelson, a longtime friend of Royal's, highlighted the ceremony with a stirring rendition of Healing Hands of Time.

Frank Broyles, the former Arkansas coach who matched wits with Royal in 1969's "Big Shootout," paid his respects. So did Royal's old nemesis from Oklahoma, Barry Switzer.

John David Crow, who won a Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M the year Royal's UT tenure began in 1957, arrived with an Aggies contingent that also included former A&M coach R.C. Slocum.

"He was a man's man and a coach's coach," Crow said of Royal, who won three national titles and more games than any coach in UT history. "A good man, but a great, great friend."


SKIING

Vonn hospitalized in 'severe' pain

Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday with "severe intestinal pain" that has been affecting her for the past two weeks. Vonn's ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, said that Vonn hasn't trained since going out in the season-opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria. "She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting. ... She's been (to the hospital) two or three times. This is the first time she's stayed overnight," Haemmerle said.


NBA

T-wolves' Budinger out 3-4 months

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Chase Budinger will miss the next three to four months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Tuesday's surgery came three days after Budinger was injured in a game against the Chicago Bulls. Minnesota is already playing without Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, JJ Barea and Brandon Roy because of injuries.

Memphis Grizzlies assistant GM Kenny Williamson has died of cancer. He was 65. Williamson had just had just begun his sixth season with the Grizzlies. "Kenny and his vibrant personality touched so many people throughout the years in the basketball community, and each and every one of us will miss him dearly," Grizzlies CEO and managing partner Jason Levien said.

Before coming to the NBA, Williamson worked 21 years as a college assistant, including at Louisville.


SOCCER

Pele 'good' after reported hip surgery

A Brazilian hospital says Pele is in good condition after surgery. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said Tuesday that the soccer great had a hip operation.

Pele, who won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored nearly 1,300 career goals, turned 72 in October.


The last word

The Buffalo Bills' game against Miami on Thursday night is a sellout. But there are questions whether they can sell out their three remaining games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo's final three homes games last year — all in December — were blacked out on local television because they failed to sell out. That's led the Bills and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to question why the NFL would continue scheduling so many games in Buffalo this late in the season. Said Bills CEO Russ Brandon:

"It's not been optimal. It's a proven fact that in December in Buffalo, it's difficult to attain sellout status at our facility. December games are a challenge. But competitively, there's no place we'd rather play meaningful games than at home in front of our fans."

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