Sports briefs: Nov. 21

November 21, 2012 

NBA

Left ankle injury sidelines Davis

Anthony Davis was scratched from New Orleans' lineup against New York on Tuesday night because of a flare-up of his left ankle injury that first occurred Friday night. Team officials called Davis' injury a "stress reaction," which is an area of bone tenderness which, if exacerbated, can develop into a fracture.

Davis is officially listed as day-to-day. He had not yet been ruled out of Wednesday night's game at Indiana and team officials said he will travel with the club.

"We'll just figure it out as we go along, but it's something that we're going to be cautious about," Coach Monty Williams told The Times Picayune. "He probably had some kind of discomfort that they (team doctors) thought they needed to get more information on and get another opinion on before we put him back on the floor."

Davis initially hurt his ankle during the Hornets' loss to Oklahoma City, but played through it and continued to practice.

Dirk Nowitzki said Tuesday that he's still about two weeks away from getting back on the court to start running and shooting. That would put the Dallas Mavericks forward at just more than six weeks since arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 — and he still isn't sure when he will start playing again after that.

"Unfortunately, I tried, but I couldn't cut the time down," Nowitzki said. "I was obviously hoping to cut that time a lot shorter. It's been a frustrating time for me."


NFL

Guy suspended; Steelers add Burress

Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy, a sixth-round pick out of Kentucky, was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Guy's agent, Greg Linton, said the positive test was the result of an ingredient found in an over-the-counter supplement that his client took. He said Guy has no intentions of appealing his suspension and called it an innocent mistake.

Guy has been active for only two of 10 games this season.

■ The Steelers brought back veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries while hoping there's enough gas left in the 35-year-old's tank to give the offense an added dimension near the goal line. "He's in really good physical condition based on the workout I just saw," Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Also, injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is nursing a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated first rib, underwent additional testing on Tuesday, with encouraging results, though he will almost certainly miss his second straight start. Second stringer Byron Leftwich is also out after fracturing his ribs against the Ravens. Charlie Batch is expected to start.

■ Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.


Baseball

Blue Jays add Gibbons, Melky Cabrera

New Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was happy to have Melky Cabrera after the All-Star game MVP finalized a $16 million, two-year contract with Toronto. Cabrera, who completed a 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone, was not wanted back by the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

He's still a good hitter, on the stuff or not," Gibbons said.

Cabrera will get $8 million in each of the next two seasons, up from a $6 million base salary this year. The 28-year-old was leading the National League in hitting at .346 when he was suspended Aug. 15. He asked for a rules change that disqualified him from the batting title, feeling it would be a tainted crown. Cabrera had 11 homers, 25 doubles and 60 RBI in 113 games.

Gibbons was announced as Toronto's new manager on Tuesday. He previously managed Toronto from 2004-08 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history.


Golf

Germany's Kaymer joining PGA Tour

Martin Kaymer of Germany is the latest European star to join the PGA Tour. Kaymer has been eligible to become a U.S. tour member since he won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010.

Kaymer, who holed the clinching putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup, will be considered a PGA Tour rookie, even though his 10 career wins include a major and World Golf Championship.

His decision means 28 of the top 30 players in the world ranking will be PGA Tour members.


NASCAR

Patrick divorcing husband after 7 years

Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage. Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page Tuesday.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage," she said. "This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward."

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old driver.


The last word

Robert Griffin III felt it was time for the Washington Redskins to dominate an opponent, so that's what he told his teammates. Sure enough, they went out and beat the Philadelphia Eagles by 25 points on Sunday. Griffin said:

"I haven't seen this team play as physical as they did this past Sunday, both offense and defense. It wasn't perfect by any means, but there was a certain tenacity, a certain attitude that was brought to the game, and you could feel it."

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