High school football
John Hardin's Elam diagnosed with a dislocated patella
John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam is expected to miss Friday's state semifinal game, but the injury that knocked him out of last week's contest is not as bad as originally feared.
Elam was diagnosed with a dislocated patella in his left knee after an MRI on Monday, John Hardin Coach Chad Lewis told the Herald-Leader. Lewis said Elam is "very doubtful" for Friday night's matchup against undefeated Bowling Green. The winner of that contest will advance to the Class 5A state finals.
The 6-foot-6 lineman was injured during the fourth quarter of last week's victory over Bullitt East.
The John Hardin football family was bracing for the worst, which would have been a more serious ACL or meniscus injury. "Thank goodness for no tear," Lewis said.
A five-star prospect according to 247Sports, Elam is considering Kentucky, Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State and Louisville. The favorites in his recruitment are UK and Alabama, and he is scheduled to take official visits to those two schools on consecutive weekends in December. He will announce his college decision Jan. 4 and be eligible to sign in February.
League suspends Titans' Griffin for hits
Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing his one-game suspension without pay after being labeled by the NFL as a repeat offender of the league's rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. The league announced the penalty Monday for Griffin's hit on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera. The punishment came from Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president of football operations.
Browns quarterback Jason Campbell is following the NFL's protocol on head injuries and will likely miss this week's game against Jacksonville. Campbell sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss against Pittsburgh when he was slammed in the head by blitzing Steelers cornerback William Gay on a sack in the third quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings released reserve cornerback A.J. Jefferson on Monday, a few hours after he was arrested and jailed on a domestic assault complaint.
Last fumble loses. The Denver Broncos opened a 24-point lead on three New England fumbles before coughing up the lead and the game, muffing a punt at their own 13-yard line with 1:56 left in overtime to set up the field goal that gave the Patriots a 34-31 victory on Sunday night.
"Hated the way that ended, not getting a chance to get our hands on the ball," said quarterback Peyton Manning, who rallied the Broncos with a touchdown to force overtime but couldn't move them into field goal position in two tries in the extra period.
Bulls' Rose out for season
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season. The team said that Rose had successful surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He was hurt Friday night at Portland.
The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Chicago's 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. He has played in just 50 NBA games — 49 in the regular season and that lone playoff game — since the Bulls' run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed All-Star guard Kobe Bryant to a 2-year contract extension. General manager Mitch Kupchak made the anticipated announcement Monday, ending speculation that Bryant could end up with another team after this season. Terms of the deal were not released.
Miller expects early December return
Second-year New Orleans Pelicans small forward Darius Miller continues to make progress in his recovery from the stress fracture in his left foot he suffered in an off-season workout.
The former Kentucky and Mason County star, who has hasn't played in a game or been a full participant in practice this season, took part in some drills during the team's morning shootaround on Monday, the Times-Picayune reported. Miller said he was able to participate in layup drills on Monday and has been shooting. The plan still is for Miller to return in early December.
Oklahoma dismisses senior tailback
Senior tailback Damien Williams is no longer with Oklahoma's football team. Coach Bob Stoops announced Williams' dismissal on Monday. Williams, from San Diego, had been suspended for Saturday's win at Kansas State and earlier served a one-game suspension against Tulsa. Williams started one game this season and was the 20th-ranked Sooners' second-leading rusher
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football's player of the year. Winston, who is being investigated in a sexual assault case by authorities in Tallahassee, Fla., is also up for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, with McCarron and Manziel. Manziel won the O'Brien last season, along with the Heisman Trophy.
Sports in the courts
School officials charged in Ohio rape
An Ohio school superintendent and three others were charged Monday with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
The investigation included crimes committed in connection with the case against two members of the celebrated Steubenville High School football team as well as a separate alleged rape that happened in April 2012, four months before the assault that drew nationwide attention over allegations that prosecutors should have charged more players.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine convened the grand jury to look into the behavior of school administrators and other adults in the community after the two players were convicted last March. Under the law, educators are required to report allegations of child abuse.
Two people had already been charged before Steubenville Superintendent Mike McVey, strength coach Seth Fluharty, volunteer football coach Matthew Belardine and elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman were charged Monday.
McVey's charges include felony counts of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge alleging he made a false statement in April 2012.
Belardine, whose house authorities said was the scene of the underage drinking party that preceded the rape last summer, faces several misdemeanor charges, including making a false statement and contributing to underage alcohol consumption.
Fluharty was charged with failing to report possible child abuse in August 2012, while Gorman is charged with failing to report possible child abuse in April of the same year.
Authorities say University of Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been charged after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members. Sinclair was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested Saturday after Illinois' game at Purdue.
The last word
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen found his vehicle covered in broken eggs after the Razorbacks lost in overtime to Mississippi State on Saturday. In a tweet that was later deleted, teammate Austin Tate posted a picture of the SUV and wrote:
"Thanks for the support fans..really makes us want to keep going and change the situation we're in!"