Monday, June 18, 2018

Vikings lose standout corner to broken arm

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was diagnosed with a broken right arm and placed on injured reserve Friday. Minnesota did designate him eligible to return after eight weeks.

Cook was hurt helping tackle the Bucs' Doug Martin in the third, one play before the running back took a screen pass 64 yards for a touchdown on Thursday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to say if Cook's absence led to the score.

Cook, in his third season, was Minnesota's best cover man. He helped limit the Lions' Calvin Johnson to five catches for 54 yards and the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald to four catches for 29 yards. He helped limit the Bucs' Vincent Jackson to two catches for 40 yards Thursday.

LT cleared: A jury in Manhattan rejected a woman's civil suit that former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor assaulted her by not recognizing her distress when he had sex with her when she was 16. Taylor admitted to having sex with a prostitute in 2010 but denied he ignored signs she was a runaway who had been beaten and forced to meet him. Both said she told him she was 19. Taylor previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and is serving six years probation.

NFL wants Tags: NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, arguing that former commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints' bounties case next week. In their motion, lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator." The action comes after the players union and the four players suspended in the bounties' case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself because of what they say is a conflict of interest.

Hernandez out: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will sit out Sunday with a sprained right ankle.

Broncos: Cornerback Tracy Porter, suffering from the same symptoms that preceded a seizure in August, did not practice and remains day to day.

Browns: Linebacker Scott Fujita, 33, is contemplating retirement because of a neck injury that ended his season. … Running back Trent Richardson, dealing with sore ribs, practiced for the third consecutive day and expects to play Sunday.

Colts: Coach coach Chuck Pagano, diagnosed with leukemia last month, will have a second round of chemo­therapy next week.

Jets: Linebacker Bart Scott, who has appeared in 119 consecutive games, is doubtful for Sunday because of a hyperextended toe.

Packers: Leading receiver Jordy Nelson will be a game-time decision Sunday. He injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday.

Redskins: Linebacker London Fletcher, who has appeared in 231 consecutive games but is dealing with a sore right hamstring and a "balance issue," participated fully in practice.

Saints: Tight end Jimmy Graham (sprained ankle) will be a game-time decision.

Steelers: Running back Rashad Mendenhall (Achilles injury) is out Sunday.

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

RHP Ryne Stanek continues to look comfortable and confident as the game opener, retiring all five batters he faced. His six starts now cover a complete game, and he has allowed only two runs in the nine innings.OF Carlos Gomez's feelings about not li...
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Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

TODAYBaseballOrioles at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas2 p.m.ESPNTexas Tech vs. Arkansas7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals c...
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Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

UPDATE, 6:40: Cash said he had a good talk with Hechavarria, and that he understood the situation. Cash said Hechavarria will get to play some, and when he does it will be at short. … RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) is slated to throw a bul...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Captain’s Corner: Tips on targeting American Red Snapper

American Red Snapper (ARS) season opened a few days ago and some types of bottom are holding bigger schools of ARS then other bottom types. The hard bottom areas that most fishermen prefer are holding large schools of ARS, but the fish have yet to m...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz abruptly stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday after failing to agree to terms on a new contract, a stunning move that left the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach with the draft later this week and wit...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Will Gholston is painfully honest about a 2017 season that wasn't anything close to what he wanted it to be. Ask him about last year, and there are no parentheses in his world to soften what he remembers here."I just played (crappy), completely. That...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

MOSCOW — Mexico is in the World Cup, the United States is not, and to former U.S. national team star Landon Donovan, American fans without a rooting interest should support their chief rivals.Saturday morning, in a tweet sponsored by Wells Fargo, Don...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

The Bucs had four extra coaches during organized team activities last month as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, including former Tampa Bay receiver Lawrence Dawsey.Dawsey, 50, played for the Bucs from 1991-95, finishing his time ...
Updated: 11 hours ago