Sports briefs: Dec. 18

December 18, 2013 

NFL

Bengals punter Huber to have surgery on broken jaw Friday

Kevin Huber is scheduled for surgery on Friday for his broken jaw, a season-ending injury that left the Cincinnati Bengals looking for another punter and holder to help them through the playoffs. Huber got hurt during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Terence Garvin blocked him during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, hitting Huber's chin with the top of his helmet.

The Bengals (9-5) held tryouts for five punters on Tuesday and signed Shawn Powell. The second-year punter was released by Buffalo on Oct. 4 after rough games against Baltimore and Cleveland.

Powell also will hold on field goal attempts and extra points by kicker Mike Nugent.

Huber went on injured reserve, ending his streak of 81 consecutive games played, the longest on the roster. The Bengals' medical staff expects Huber to make a full recovery and return next season.

"There should be no future ramifications whatsoever," Coach Marvin Lewis said.

Players had Tuesday off, but Huber visited Paul Brown Stadium and briefly watched the tryouts. On his way out, he told The Associated Press that he broke his jaw at the chin. He also has a crack in one neck vertebra that's expected to heal without problem.

Lewis declined to express an opinion about Garvin's block on Huber, which wasn't penalized but is likely to draw a fine from the league.

"I think there's been enough talk about it," Lewis said. "There's nothing I can do that will affect it any differently now, so we just need to move on."

■ The New Orleans Saints released kicker Garrett Hartley, two days after he had one field goal blocked and hooked another wide in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis. Hartley has been with the Saints since the middle of the 2008 season and made several crucial kicks during the Saints' 2009-10 run to a Super Bowl championship. However, his career has been up-and-down since, and he has been particularly erratic this season, missing eight of 29 kicks inside 50 yards.

High school basketball

Lafayette cruises over Tates Creek

Lafayette jumped out to a 25-9 first-quarter lead and went on to roll to a 78-39 victory against visiting Tates Creek. Jackson Davis led the way for the Generals with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in just more than 151/2 minutes.

■ Lincoln County's Jacob Conway scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Patriots' 64-62 victory at West Jessamine. Daulton Peters had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Colts.

Camron Justice scored 27 points in No. 6 Knott Central's 51-48 victory at Hazard.

Girls' highlights:

■ Four Franklin County players scored in double figures — led by Nannilena White's 15 points, five steals and four assists — and the Flyers rolled to a 67-31 victory against Frankfort. Jasmine Turpin had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers.

Ashley Johnson scored a career-high 25 points in No. 3 Sacred Heart's 77-49 win against Eastern. She was 4-for-5 from three-point range. DaiJia Ruffin added 15 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Valkyries.

College football

All-Americans include Mosley, Winston

A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on The Associated Press All-America team.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.

The All-America teams were released Tuesday and selected by a panel of AP college football poll voters.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added All-American to his résumé after a spectacular redshirt freshman season. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.

Texas A&M Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel, last year's Heisman winner and All-America quarterback, made the second team. Alabama's AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, was the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.

Golf

Fischer wins Q-school; Thomas 32nd

Zack Fischer closed with an 8-under 64 on Tuesday in Q-school at La Quinta, Calif., to earn top status on the Web.com Tour next year. This was the first year that Q-school only offered status on the PGA Tour's secondary circuit. Fischer finished at 31-under 401 in the six-round tournament at PGA West. As the medalist, he is assured entry into every Web.com Tour event.

Scott Pinckney shot a 68 to finish second. Pinckney and the other players in the top 10 will have full status through 12 tournaments. After that, the priority ranking will be reshuffled depending on the money list.

Players who finished between 11th and 45th do not face the reshuffle until after the eighth event. Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, tied for 11th. St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas, who played two seasons at Alabama before turning pro earlier this year, tied for 32nd.

Three other Kentuckians in the field earned conditional status on the Web.com Tour by finishing in the top 100. Derek Fathauer (U of L) finished tied for 50th, Brent Long (WKU) was 84th, and Mark Blakefield (St. Patrick, UK) tied for 88th.

Baseball

Yankees hit with $28 million luxury tax

The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. According to Major League Baseball calculations sent to teams Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.

■ The Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with second baseman Brian Roberts and a $7 million, two-year deal with left-hander Matt Thornton, a source told the Associated Press.

■ Two weeks after trading their closer to Oakland, the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with former Athletics closer Grant Balfour, according to an Associated Press source.

Etc.

Cousins' big game not enough for Kings

DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds — his 13th double-double of the season — in the Sacramento Kings' 95-87 loss at Charlotte. Cousins, who was 9-for-13 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line, also had six assists and three steals.

■ University of Kentucky divers Christa Cabot and John Fox finished 13th and 17th in 1-meter springboard, respectively, on the first day of competition at the USA Diving Winter National Championships at Austin, Texas. The top eight competitors advanced to the finals.

The last word

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will get the right cleat that Matt Prater wore when he kicked the longest field goal — 64 yards — in history. Just not for a while. Prater said:

"I use the same ones for the whole season. They wanted the ball, too. I kept the ball. I'll give them my cleats if they really want them. I change those about every year or so."

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