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Sports briefs: Sept. 29


Raiders' Heyward-Beydoesn't remember big hit

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey still has no recollection of the devastating hit by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy last week that left him with a concussion and neck strain. Speaking to reporters for the first time since being carted off the field and hospitalized overnight following the play, Heyward-Bey said he's seen television replays of the hit but otherwise has no memory of it.

"I don't remember any of it," Heyward-Bey said Friday.

Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked out immediately after getting hit on the chin by the crown of Mundy's helmet early in the fourth quarter of the Raiders' 34-31 win over the Steelers.

The game was halted for several minutes while Heyward-Bey lay in the southern end zone at the Oakland Coliseum as team trainers and medical personnel checked him out. He was eventually strapped to a backboard and taken off the field by cart before being transported to Eden Medical Center for observation.

Since then, Heyward-Bey has been put through a battery of tests required by the NFL for players suffering from concussions.

According to Raiders Coach Dennis Allen, Heyward-Bey has not passed all the tests and has yet to be cleared to participate in contact drills. He attended practice Friday as an observer but is doubtful to play in Sunday's game against AFC West rival Denver.

"So far I've been able to walk, talk and eat," Heyward-Bey said. "Right now I'm just trying to go through the process of trying to get everything right. ... I don't want to say I've been around for everything but I've been in tune with what's going on."

He also said he has no hard feelings toward Mundy. The two men exchanged text messages while Heyward-Bey was in the hospital, with Heyward-Bey telling Mundy the play was simply a part of the game.

"That's just football," Heyward-Bey said. "I signed up to put on pads and go out there. That's what happens out there. People get hit, people get hurt. It happens."

■ The Giants might be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Nicks, who missed a win over Carolina Sept. 19 with a sore foot, now has a knee problem. Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks developed swelling in his left knee after working out on Thursday. He was listed as doubtful for the contest between the NFC East rivals, meaning he has a 25 percent chance of playing.

■ The Ravens have already played on Monday night, Sunday night and Thursday night. Baltimore endured four games in 18 days, the last three of which were decided in the final minute. The Ravens held on to beat winless Cleveland 23-16 Thursday night.

The Ravens came in as 13-point favorites over the Browns, but Baltimore was pressed the entire 60 minutes before securing its ninth straight win over Cleveland. "Definitely too close for comfort," the Ravens' Ed Reed said. "But a win is a win."


Kurt Busch says latest move isn't lateral

Kurt Busch and Furniture Row Racing GM Joe Garone confirmed Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway that Busch will take over the No. 78 Chevrolet for the final six races this season. Earlier in the week, the Denver, Colo.-based team announced the signing of Busch to a one-year contract for 2013. Busch has been driving the No. 51 Chevrolet of James Finch this season after parting with Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 campaign.

At the news conference, Busch took umbrage at the perception that he's making a lateral move.

"That's a slap in the face to (Furniture Row owner) Barney Visser, because he has put together a program that is tiers above, levels of competition above where James Finch is — and James will admit to that," Busch said.

"Barney Visser, this program, they are committed. Their alliance with Richard Childress (Racing), it's there and it's solid. That's why, when you say a lateral move, I don't like it so much."

Busch will race for the first time with Furniture Row on Oct. 13 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a move that will give him time to get to know his new team and crew chief Todd Berrier.

"I can't wait to get in the car and deliver," Busch said. "It's great to get a jump on 2013. That way we don't go to Daytona (in February) with a deer-in-the-headlights feel. We're going to get all the bugs worked out of the way, the newness, the operating procedures, the trips back and forth to Denver — all this will be scienced out and smoothed out."

College Basketball

Louisville's Marra likely out for season

Louisville senior Mike Marra reinjured his left knee during a practice session on Friday and is likely out for the 2012-13 season.

"Mike was just pivoting, trying to make a pass early in practice and went down," said Louisville Coach Rick Pitino. "It's an unfortunate thing that happened in the game. Mike took it very well and said it just wasn't meant to be. He handled it very professionally. Mike wants to be a coach, and this allows him to pursue coaching a year ahead of schedule."

A MRI is scheduled for Saturday morning to determine the extent of the injury, but the initial assessment points to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He tore the same ACL last Nov. 17 against Lamar, the second game of the 2011-12 season.

The 6-foot-5 guard scored six points in each of Louisville's first two games last year. He averaged 6.2 points as a sophomore.

■ Kansas Coach Bill Self agreed to a restructured contract Friday that extends through the 2021-22 season and includes a raise to $3.857 million per year. Self's previous deal, worth $3.376 million annually, would have run through June 2018.

■ Bellarmine star Jeremy Kendle, a two-time All-American who had been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA, has elected to play professionally instead. Kendle finished fourth on Bellarmine's all-time scoring list with 1,792 points.


Motorsports journalist Economaki dies

Chris Economaki, a journalist regarded as the authoritative voice in motorsports for decades, died Friday. He was 91.

National Speed Sport News, where Mr. Economaki worked as an editor for more than 60 years, announced his death Friday. It did not release a cause of death. Mr. Economaki was known as the "Dean of American Motorsports Journalism," and worked in TV for more than 40 years with stints at ABC, CBS and ESPN. He was part of ABC's first telecast from Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

Mr. Economaki told The Associated Press in 1991 that even if fans didn't recognize his face out in public, they sure knew him by the sound of his voice.

"I do have a distinctive voice. And it's nice to know that it registered somewhere along the line," he said. "I remember I was getting a pair of shoes in Des Moines, Iowa, one time. The salesman was lacing up my shoes, and I'm looking at the bald spot on the back of his head, and he asks: 'Aren't you on TV?' This guy's got his nose six inches from the floor and asks my shoes if I'm on TV. He doesn't recognize me, but he recognizes my voice."

UK women's soccer

Cats settle for draw vs. No. 6 Texas A&M

Freshman Kelli Hubly scored both goals in the Kentucky's women's soccer team's 2-2 draw with sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex. The teams played two 10-minute overtimes, but neither could get a third goal.

"I just thought it was such a fantastic game," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "That's what I want from a big-time matchup."

The last word

New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan had zero problem with cornerback Antonio Cromartie's recent boast that he's the NFL's No. 1 corner in Darrelle Revis' absence. Ryan said:

"Now, he's got to go out and prove it, but I absolutely love it."