Monday Sports in Brief
By The Associated Press
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year.
Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle.
“Ray in the locker room afterward, we didn’t know (the extent of the injury), but he was worried about it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “He said some things about his faith. He said some things that I’ll never forget.”
Over a spectacular 17-year career, Lewis has been invited to 13 Pro Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year. He turns 38 in May, so it’s possible that Sunday’s game was his last.
CLEVELAND — The agent for Scott Fujita had no comment on a report that the Cleveland Browns linebacker has a possible career-ending neck injury.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that both the Browns and Fujita fear his playing days could be over.
Agent Don Yee would not confirm the report. Fujita, who has spent the past seven months trying to clear his name after being accused of taking part in the Saints’ bounty scandal, was inactive for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
NEW ORLEANS — If the Saints decide Jonathan Vilma is ready, the embattled linebacker will take the field in Tampa Bay on Sunday for the first time this season.
It might also be the last time, depending on how things go at NFL headquarters and in federal court.
On Monday, Vilma again asked a federal judge to overturn his recently re-issued suspension in the NFL’s bounty probe of the Saints, and the NFL Players Association made a similar request on behalf of three other players.
None of the four players’ suspensions are currently being enforced, but that could change as early as next week. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has scheduled the players’ appeal hearings for Oct. 23.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Shawne Merriman is back in Buffalo after the Bills re-signed the free-agent pass-rushing star to bolster their banged-up defense.
The Bills (3-3) announced the signing after returning home from an extended West Coast trip, and a day after a 19-16 overtime win at Arizona worked them into a four-way tie for first place in the AFC East.
PEORIA, Ill. — Jerry Girardi was memorialized as a dedicated laborer who built the ranch-style Illinois home where he raised five highly successful children — two doctors, a math professor, an accountant and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
The Yankees manager, who attended the funeral service during an off day in the American League Championship Series, sat quietly alongside his family. None of the Girardis spoke, and they left the church quickly to attend the burial in Tampico, the tiny north-central Illinois town known as the birthplace of Ronald Reagan.
NEW YORK — Television ratings for baseball’s division series are down from last year.
The 18 games on TBS, with all four series going the distance, averaged a 2.4 rating. That’s down 11 percent from the 2.7 for 19 games in 2011, when teams from larger markets made the playoffs. Three of the four series went the full five games last season.
CINCINNATI — The Reds and manager Dusty Baker agreed to a two-year contract extension.
The 63-year-old manager led the team to its second National League Central Division title in three seasons this year. He has been with the Reds five seasons.
NEW YORK — The Nets brought professional sports back to Brooklyn with a victory Monday night, beating the Washington Wizards 98-88 in the first basketball game at the Barclays Center.
Brook Lopez had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who left New Jersey after last season for a new $1 billion home in Brooklyn. They were greeted by 14,219 fans on the night they became Brooklyn’s first major pro sports team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.
DALLAS — Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hopes to avoid surgery after experiencing more swelling in his troublesome right knee.
The 11-time All-Star missed his second straight preseason game, saying afterward that he is going to reduce his workload over the next week and see if the swelling goes down in his knee, which has been drained twice over the past month.
NEW YORK — Hall of Famer Bob Knight is selling his championship basketball rings and Olympic gold medal for what he considers a very good reason: the education of his grandchildren.
A collection of the former coach’s memorabilia will be auctioned by Steiner Sports Memorabilia. It’s part of a sale that features the jersey Yankees pitcher Don Larsen wore while pitching a perfect game in the World Series.
“John Havlicek and I were just talking one day about all the stuff we had accumulated over the years,” Knight said Monday from the Denver airport, referring to his college teammate at Ohio State who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics. “As we talked, we decided the money could be very useful to put our grandchildren through college.”
The auction, which has already started for some items, runs through Dec. 5 and will feature Knight’s rings from his three NCAA championship teams at Indiana — the undefeated 1976 season and the ones from 1981 and 1987.
The company will also sell a sports coat and a warm-up jacket given to Knight as coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 1984.
NEW YORK — The NHL and its locked-out players will resume negotiations Tuesday in Toronto after a four-day break following two days of meetings last week.
The announcement came on the same day players missed their first scheduled paycheck of the regular season. The NHL has called off 82 games through Oct. 24 — the first two weeks of the season. More cancellations likely will be made soon if a deal isn’t reached.
An agenda is not yet set for the talks that shift to the union’s office from league headquarters. But the sides will be looking to make headway on the core economic issue — the division of hockey-related revenue. That issue took a back seat in New York last week when the league and union worked on secondary matters that also must be resolved.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announced a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and first third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network.
Fox, which has been with NASCAR since 2001, will pay an average of $300 million annually beginning in 2015 in its first fee increase in more than a decade.
SAN DIEGO — Stadium golf took on a new meaning for Phil Mickelson, who overshot the big money targets on his 100-yard shot at halftime of Monday night’s Broncos-Chargers game. He still raised $50,000 for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for needy children.
Had he hit one of the concentric rings in the middle of the green in the “KPMG Chip4Charity” promotion, Mickelson could have raised anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million for the charity.
As it is, the $50,000 will buy 20,000 books.
Mickelson took his wedge shot from one end zone at Qualcomm Stadium. The target green was in the other end zone.
The crowd responded with a mixture of boos and cheers when Lefty’s shot missed the circles.
MOSCOW — Eighth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup by beating Russian wild card Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
VIENNA (AP) — Marinko Matosevic of Australia rallied past sixth-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Erste Bank Open.
STOCKHOLM — Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the second round of the Stockholm Open with straight-set wins.
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