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Steve Nash ruled out for season with back injury (Yahoo Sports)
10/24/2014 12:46:33 AM

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 16: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a game against the Utah Jazz at Honda Center on October 16, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt. The Lakers and the 40-year-old Nash announced their joint decision less than a week before the start of the regular season.


Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21 (Yahoo Sports)
10/24/2014 1:12:05 AM

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) salutes after scoring his third touchdown of the night, as teammate Orlando Franklin (74) joins him during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up. Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. ''We understand in this offense, it can be anyone's night at any moment,'' said Sanders, who didn't catch his first TD pass for Denver until Sunday night, when Manning set the career record.


Cutler says Marshall did not single out anyone (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 6:00:05 PM

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) adjusts his helmet after getting tackled during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler insisted receiver Brandon Marshall did not single out him or anyone else during his outburst following last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins. ''He didn't come near me,'' Cutler said Thursday. I don't think he attacked anyone personally (with) what he was saying.'' Cutler's comments came on the heels of a 27-14 loss at Soldier Field that raised all sorts of questions about the leadership and direction of the team. They're 3-4 and staring at a road game with Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots this week.


Braves make Hart president of baseball operations (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 3:14:45 PM

The Atlanta Braves announce interim general manager John Hart at a news conference after the baseball team fired general manager Frank Wren Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

John Schuerholz completed what he called ''the best negotiation of my entire career'' by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations. With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren't looking for a general manager. Hart, Schuerholz and former Braves manager Bobby Cox formed the GM search committee. ... I think all along I did feel and know that John clearly wanted me to take this job.'' Hart, the former GM for the Rangers and Indians, joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser.


Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 4:53:47 PM

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday. The coach said this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do with the Titans struggling at 2-5. ''No question he's a talented, young player, and maybe it'll give us a spark,'' Whisenhunt said.


Islanders beat Bruins 3-2, Chara injured (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 10:27:25 PM

New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) congratulates goalie Chad Johnson (30) after the Islanders' 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara. Coach Claude Julien said after the game he had no update, but inside the Boston locker room, Chara's teammates seemed resigned to a long absence. ''He's a presence in all aspects of the game,'' said Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half midway through the third period. We're going to miss him.'' Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help New York snap a two-game losing streak.


Lincecum's back fine, expected to be ready Game 3 (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 11:05:37 PM

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is escorted off the field during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night. ''That's the plan,'' athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said via text message late Thursday with word an MRI exam on Lincecum's back was all clear. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco's 7-2 loss at Kansas City in Game 2 when his left lower back tightened. Lincecum retired five straight before exiting during Salvador Perez's at-bat.


PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl' (Yahoo Sports)
10/24/2014 3:14:48 AM

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, Europe's Ian Poulter plays out of the rough on the 15th hole during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland. The PGA of America president referred to Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2014, for his criticism of the jobs Nick Faldo and Tom Watson did as Ryder Cup captains. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. Faldo, with six majors regarded as Britain's greatest player, was captain of the last European team that lost the Ryder Cup in 2008. Watson, who has five British Open titles among his eight majors, was captain of the U.S. Poulter, a European stalwart with a 12-4-2 record in the Ryder Cup, was critical of both in his book, ''No Limits,'' which was released this week.


Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 4:17:58 PM

ADDS NAME OF PLAYER - Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson smiles during a press conference at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London. Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday there was still no decision on whether he would play this weekend. ''I want to push it, but we're trying to be smart about it.'' Johnson, known as Megatron, is one of the most popular players in the NFL and one of the figures that could help sell the league to an overseas audience.


Top pick Clowney expects to play Sunday vs Titans (Yahoo Sports)
10/23/2014 4:50:37 PM

Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) warms up before the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Clowney has been injured and is questionable for the game. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Houston Texans this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. ''I would be surprised if I didn't play,'' Clowney said Thursday. The outside linebacker returned to practice last week for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.