Saturday, January 20, 2018

Browns rookie remains hospitalized

CLEVELAND — Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo remained hospitalized Friday, a day after sustaining a bruised lung during the first half of a 24-6 win against the Lions. The No. 6 overall pick out of LSU will stay at the Cleveland Clinic at least through this afternoon.

Mingo was on kickoff coverage and took a few snaps at linebacker. But Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said the team doesn't know how or when he sustained the injury.

"We looked at the tape," Chudzinski said. "There wasn't a big hit that you could see. Obviously, he had a number of plays with some contact, but it was hard to determine which hit it was."

Chudzinski said it's too early to determine how long Mingo will be sidelined. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported he will miss at least two weeks, which would keep him out for the rest of the preseason.

More Browns: Backup running back Dion Lewis broke his left leg against the Lions. The team has not decided if it will put him on season-ending injured reserve. And starting guard Jason Pinkston sustained a high ankle sprain when teammate John Greco rolled over him. Pinkston, who missed most of last season with blood clots in his lungs, likely will miss "the early part of the regular season," Chudzinski said.

Selvie to start for Dallas

OXNARD, Calif. — In his preseason debut, Cowboys defensive end George Selvie had two sacks and a pressure that turned into an interception returned for a touchdown.

In his second game, the fourth-year player out of USF didn't record a tackle, though he didn't get as many plays because of his move up the depth chart.

Selvie gets another start tonight at Arizona.

"You've got to produce," Selvie said. "If you don't produce, I might be sitting at home again and know that I might not get another call."

Selvie has appeared in games for the Rams, Panthers and Jaguars. The Bucs signed him in April but released him a month later. Dallas signed him three days into camp after Tyrone Crawford tore an Achilles tendon and fellow defensive end Anthony Spencer had knee surgery.

"The last few years have been a roller-coaster ride," Selvie, 26, said. "I didn't want to be just a camp body. So I've got to go out there and show them what I've got."

Colts: Doctors removed the boot from tight end Dwayne Allen's right foot. Allen has not practiced since Aug. 7. The team has not disclosed his injury, saying only it expects him to be ready for the season opener.

Dolphins: Former linebacker John Offerdahl will become the 26th member of the team's Honor Roll during halftime of the Oct. 31 game against the Bengals. He spent his whole career with Miami, playing 89 games (86 starts, 1986-93) and going to five Pro Bowls.

Giants: Receiver Hakeem Nicks, slowed throughout camp by a groin injury, will play Sunday against the Colts, coach Tom Coughlin said.

Lions: Reserve linebacker Travis Drew was fined $15,750 for a Aug. 9 horse-collar tackle that led to a broken leg for Jets running back John Griffin. That's the league's standard fine for a horse-collar tackle. The result of the play is not considered when assessing punishments.

Seahawks: Tight end Zach Miller, out since tearing his plantar fascia in the division playoff game, was activated from the physically unable to perform list and is expected to return to practice Sunday.

Titans: Safety Bernard Pollard was fined $10,000 for hitting Redskins receiver Aldrick Robinson just after he stepped out of bounds Aug. 8.

Manuel shines for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Rookie EJ Man­uel took another step toward becoming the Bills' starting quarterback during a 20-16 victory over the Vikings.

Manuel, the 16th overall pick out of Florida State, went 10-of-12 for 92 yards and a touchdown over three second-half series. Veteran Kevin Kolb started and went 13-of-21 for 111 yards and an interception.

The Vikings, who rested running back Adrian Peterson, had 74 yards of offense and four first downs during the first half. Former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder was 5-of-12 for 53 yards over five series.

Bills defensive end Mario Williams sat out with an undisclosed injury.

Ex-Bull throws winner: Rookie and former USF quarterback B.J. Daniels' touchdown pass with 2:02 left gave the visiting 49ers a 15-13 win over the Chiefs. 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick played only one series, going 1-of-2 for minus-3 yards. Alex Smith, replaced by Kaepernick last season and traded to Kansas City during the offseason, played the entire first half and was 7-of-16 for 62 yards. He led the Chiefs to two field goals. Chiefs starting running back Jamaal Charles did not play after spraining his right foot Monday, but the team said he could have played if it were a regular-season game.

Saints 28, Raiders 20: Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown while leading five scoring drives for the host Saints. He finished 14-of-18. Meanwhile, Raiders starting quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked five times while playing the first half. He finished 12-of-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Andrei Vasilevskiy: ‘I have to be better’

Andrei Vasilevskiy: ‘I have to be better’

The rest of the Lightning players had already left the ice Friday afternoon, heading into the dressing room for a quick change before the team's charter flight to Minnesota.But goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, 23, stayed on late, facing about 15 minutes mo...
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Sophomore Tulio Da Silva leaves USF basketball team

Sophomore Tulio Da Silva leaves USF basketball team

USF redshirt sophomore F Tulio Da Silva, one of three remaining Bulls scholarship players signed by former coach Orlando Antigua, has left the program in what was described as a mutual decision."I met with Tulio and his family this week to discuss hi...
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Missing the Olympics a missed opportunity (and misstep) for NHL?

Missing the Olympics a missed opportunity (and misstep) for NHL?

One week from today, Tampa will be the center of the hockey world.The NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. Players will smile for the cameras. They'll put on a fantastic show. Maybe they'll catch a bead or two from a Gasparilla parade.But ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

RHP Alex Cobb never expected to be going into late January without knowing where he was going for spring training.The longtime Ray's first foray into free agency hasn't gone as planned, much like the 150-plus others waiting for something to give in a...
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Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

TAMPA — Vegas has left the building.Wasn't the Lightning just arranging place settings for next weekend's NHL All-Star Game party?With that in mind, I headed to the home dressing room at Amalie Arena late Thursday after the Lightning was manhan...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Published: 01/19/18
Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning...
Published: 01/19/18

Well Humored ready to get back on a dirt track

OLDSMAR — It is time for Well Humored to get dirty again.The WinStar Farm homebred makes her first start on the Tampa Bay Downs main track Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, one of three stakes events on the Skyway Festival Day 11-race p...
Published: 01/19/18
Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
Published: 01/19/18

National Hoopfest: Berkeley Prep proves to be no pushover

TAMPA —  Berkeley Prep's four-game win streak came to end Friday.That was expected.The Buccaneers faced West Oaks Academy, an independent powerhouse from Orlando that plays a national schedule, during Friday's National Hoopfest tournament....
Published: 01/19/18