Broncos' Trevathan dodges serious knee injury in practice
The Denver Broncos were relieved weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan's knee injury wasn't serious after he was carted off the field toward the end of Wednesday's practice.
"I'm good! Thanks for all of your concerns (hash)BroncosUp,'' the former Wildcat tweeted after his MRI came back negative. Trevathan will likely be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Dallas. The second-year pro is having a stellar season. According to Pro Football Focus, Trevathan was the league's top 4-3 outside linebacker against the run in the first month of the season.
■ The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have struggled in pass protection this year, acquired tackle Levi Brown from the Arizona Cardinals. Brown is an experienced veteran, but he's also coming off a major injury that cost him the 2012 season.
■ When the NFL announced its TV schedule, the Bills-Browns matchup on a Thursday night in October didn't figure to shatter any ratings records. It still won't, but it's much more watchable than it figured to be. The Bills and Browns are two of the league's early surprises at 2-2 under first-year coaches. Buffalo and Cleveland have been sparked by opportunistic defenses, and one team will emerge from a short week with momentum.
Guard Booker to announce pick Oct. 31
One of UK's top basketball recruits in the Class of 2014 has set a decision date. Mississippi shooting guard Devin Booker is planning to announce his college choice Oct. 31 during a ceremony at his high school, Moss Point Coach Micoe Cotton told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday night.
Booker took an official visit to UK last month. He's planning to visit Michigan this weekend and Missouri later this month. His father, Melvin Booker, was a standout player at Missouri in the early 1990s. He's also taken an official visit to Michigan State.
Cotton said Florida is no longer involved in the recruitment.
Scout.com ranks Booker as the No. 30 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.
Fillies kick off Grand Circuit's 2nd week
The second and final weekend of Grand Circuit racing gets underway Thursday at 1 p.m. at The Red Mile.
The meet concludes on Sunday with the 121st Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-olds, the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown.
Thursday's racing is highlighted by three divisions of the $266,500 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Two of the three winners from last weekend's Bluegrass Stakes races return for Thursday's events: Struck By Lindy has won half of her eight career starts and amassed more than $160,000 this season and Chivaree Hanover has won three times in six outings and bankrolled $92,113.
Official: Military academy games are on
A senior defense official says U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown.
The official said Wednesday the decision affects this weekend's games only, and future games will be evaluated as events unfold in the coming days.
The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds, and have been long planned. Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy in Annapolis, Md.
■ Alabama Coach Nick Saban has suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules.
Nets say title chasing begins now
Nets general manager Billy King, when asked if his team has a two-year window to compete for a title, said that "this is the window. This season. We're going to see what we can do with this season and then we'll see what next season brings."
Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is due to pay about $80 million in luxury tax, has said his goal was to win a championship within five years of buying the team in 2010. Kevin Garnett, acquired over the summer from Boston, said he was "very close" to retiring but added that a shot at a title was "the only reason I came back."
■ Miami Heat star LeBron James says he's decided to resume his one-time tradition of tossing powder into the air just before the start of games. "My fans, they wanted it back," James said.
■ New York Knicks Coach Mike Woodson has a simple message for the recently suspended J.R. Smith — grow up.
Woodson said the Knicks were "disappointed" in Smith, the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year award winner, for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. The violation triggered a five-game ban for Smith. "I'm not going to throw him out to pasture," Woodson said. "My job is to coach him and make sure something like what happened doesn't happen again. That's what we do as coaches."
Cross Traffic hurt, out of Classic
Whitney Handicap winner Cross Traffic won't run in the Breeders' Cup Classic next month because of a minor shin injury.
GoldMark Farm general manager Todd Quast said Cross Traffic was injured when the dirt track broke out from underneath him at the start of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last weekend. He was seventh, the first time in six career races that he finished out of the money.
■ Frankie Dettori will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle in a fall at Nottingham on Wednesday. The 42-year-old, who had been due to ride leading Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender Treve on Sunday, was unseated from his horse Eland Ally while heading to the start of a race.
Vonn pushes up timeline for return
Lindsey Vonn's surgically repaired right knee feels so good she could be racing again by the end of the month, five weeks earlier than she originally expected.
Vonn "reopened" the idea of competing in the season-opening World Cup event in Soelden, Austria, after returning to the slopes last month in Portillo, Chile. The World Cup in Soelden is Oct. 26-27.
■ A Jamaican disciplinary panel has given sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown a public warning but cleared her to return to competition. The three-time Olympic gold medalist returned a positive test for a banned diuretic at a meet in May.
■ Penske Racing has signed Brad Keselowski and Miller Lite to contract extensions through the 2017 season.
■ Two new statues of hockey great Wayne Gretzky were vandalized with spray paint Monday in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, a day after they were publicly unveiled. Brantford Mayor Chris Friel calls the vandalism a "crime against the community."
The last word
In a stunning move, Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez added 26-year-old rookie David Hale to the pitching staff for the NL division series against the Dodgers, even though he has only pitched in two big-league games. Said Hale:
"I was taken back completely. I was like, 'Are you sure?' I was just along for the ride here in September. What I've experienced already was enough to make my entire year. This just tops it off."