Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Former UM, Texans WR retires

NASHVILLE — Star wide receiver Andre Johnson is retiring after 14 seasons in a career mainly spent with the Texans.

Johnson, 35, a college standout at Miami, is a seven-time Pro Bowl player now with Tennessee. The Titans announced Monday that Johnson told them of his decision to retire.

Johnson ranks among the top 10 receivers in NFL history in catches (1,062) and receiving yards (14,185). After 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson played for the Colts last season before joining the Titans this season.

He had nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns this season, but hadn't caught a pass in the past three games.

Bears upset Vikings

CHICAGO — Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown after missing five games with a thumb injury, rookie Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 153 yards and a touchdown, and the Bears stunned the Vikings 20-10 Monday night.

The Bears sacked Sam Bradford five times while handing the NFC North-leading Vikings their second straight loss.

Howard exploded for a 69-yard run on Chicago's third play in its first drive.

Pats trade linebacker: The Browns acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins from the Patriots for a conditional third-round draft choice. Collins, 6 feet 3, 250 pounds, was a second-round selection by New England in 2013. He is earning $485,928 in the final year of his rookie contract, but negotiations for a new pact had stalled.

Concussion ruling: A judge is forcing the league to reveal how its medical officials handled brain injuries in the past two decades. New York state Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey K. Oing issued an order to let insurance companies that wrote policies for the NFL determine if the league knew about the dangers of concussions and concealed them from players, the New York Times reported.

Unhappy with agholor: After Sunday's 29-23 overtime loss to Dallas, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he was disappointed by receiver Nelson Agholor's dismissive comments about his drop in the game. Agholor, a former standout at Berkeley Prep, failed to hold on to a third-down Carson Wentz pass early that would have given the Eagles first and goal early on. The drive ended with a Caleb Sturgis field goal. "I don't give a damn, man, that (stuff) is nothing," Agholor said, according to ESPN. "I'm disappointed in (those) type of comments," Pederson said.

Gordon update: Former Browns receiver Josh Gordon finished his recent 30-day rehabilitation stay and was released, the Associated Press reported.

Cardinals: Left tackle Jared Veldheer (torn triceps) will go on injured reserve and safety/cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) will miss 3-6 weeks.

Chiefs: They defended their treatment of quarterback Alex Smith after his head hit the turf twice in Indianapolis on Sunday. The second time he was diagnosed with a concussion and taken out of the game.

Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced in a limited capacity two weeks after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. His status for Sunday's game against Baltimore was unknown.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
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Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO — The Lightning got more bad news Monday with wing Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. It’s a big blow to a struggling Tampa Bay team, which is now without its top defense­man (Victor Hedman) and now arguably its best defensi...
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Bucks fire Kidd in midst of slump

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made th...
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Mrazek strong in goal again as Red Wings blank Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Petr Mrazek had 37 saves in posting his second straight shutout and third of the season as the Red Wings beat the slumping Devils 3-0 on Monday night. Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a...
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Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballArkansas at Georgia6:30 p.m.SECProvidence at Villanova6:30 p.m.FS1Kansas at Oklahoma7 p.m.ESPNWisconsin at Iowa7 p.m.ESPN2Oklahoma State at Texas Tech7 p.m.ESPNewsVanderbilt at Tennessee7 p.m.ESPNUDavidson at Dayton7 p.m.CBSSNW...
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Back-to-back shockers resulted in a most unexpected Australian Open men’s quarterfinal. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem lost within a few hours Monday, leaving Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren pla...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Blackhawks

Matt Peca and Michael Bournival likely won’t be the last callups by the Lightning the next month or so. There are plenty of other deserving candidates at AHL Syracuse, with Adam Erne likely getting a shot had he not been injured. With Ondrej Palat ou...
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High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
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NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition gets some changes

Skills Competition gets a new lookThe NHL switched up its format for Saturday’s All-Star Game Skills Competition (7 p.m, NBSCN). There will be six events, including the traditional hardest shot, accuracy shooting, plus a passing challenge, puck contr...
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Vikes’ Shurmur to lead Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired as the Giants head coach Monday afternoon. The Giants announced the hiring less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Eagles in the NFC title game. S...
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