Monday, January 22, 2018

Roethlisberger will not play Sunday

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes he can return this season after spraining his right shoulder and suffering a dislocated rib Monday against the Chiefs. He's just not sure when, and it won't be Sunday.

"From what (the doctor) said, he's trying to talk to experts because there is no case study over the exact same thing," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "We're just trying to talk to people … because we don't know."

Doctors are concerned the rib, injured while being sacked, could puncture his aorta if jostled. Asked if he believes the injury is season-ending, he shrugged his good shoulder.

"I don't think so. I don't know, though. I'm not a medical expert," Roethlisberger, 30, said. "I just know I'm going to do what I can to get back."

Veteran Byron Leftwich replaced Roethlisberger on Monday and will start Sunday against the Ravens.

"I'm not going to go out there and try and be Ben," Leftwich, 32, said. "We see the game differently. He's physically able to do some things that I can't do. But that doesn't mean I can't go out there and do my job."

Anonymous Tebow criticism angers Ryan

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets coach Rex Ryan said he addressed his team about anony­mous quotes from players and members of the organization ripping backup quarterback Tim Tebow that appeared in New York's Daily News.

"If you're not going to put your name to it, I think that's about as cowardly of a thing there is," Ryan said after practice. "I don't want to get into specifics of what I said."

The report quoted about a dozen people saying there's no chance Tebow can overtake Mark Sanchez for the starting job because of his poor play during practice and games.

"It's never fun to hear criticism," the former Gator star said. "At the same time, it's something I've always used as motivation. You try to get stronger from it. This is something I can't control. I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that will never change based on what anybody says."

Bears: Coach Lovie Smith said quarterback Jay Cutler is "feeling a whole lot better" after sustaining a concussion last week. But his status remains unknown.

Chiefs: Quarterback Brady Quinn, who sustained a concussion Oct. 28, was not cleared to play, so Matt Cassel will get the start Sunday.

Cowboys: Receiver Dez Bryant agreed to a year of anger-management counseling as part of a plea deal that could lead to dismissal of a family violence charge. He was arrested in July after he allegedly hit his mother in the face with a ball cap.

Falcons: Receiver Julio Jones missed practice with an ankle injury but is expected to play Sunday.

Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick, who sustained a concussion last week, did not practice but has not been ruled out for Sunday. Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick, took the snaps with the first team.

49ers: Quarterback Alex Smith, who sustained a concussion last week, practiced with a noncontact jersey. His status hasn't been determined.

Packers: Linebacker Clay Matthews will sit out Sunday with a hamstring injury sustained Nov. 4.

Redskins: Corner DeAngelo Hall was fined $30,000 for removing his helmet and berating an official last month, the Associated Press reported.

Saints: Running back Darren Sproles, who has missed the past two games with a broken hand, returned to practice. His status will be determined later this week.

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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