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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 8:32 AM


Big Ben hurt in Steelers overtime win

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Here's the good news for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. The Steelers won their fourth straight game by escaping with a 16-13 overtime win over the 1-8 Kansas City Chiefs.

Now the bad news: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) left the game with a right shoulder injury. Backup Byron Leftwich made his first appearance of the year in relief of Big Ben. He completed seven of 14 for 73 yards.

Shaun Suisham (SWEES'-hihm) kicked three field goals, including the game-winning 23-yard field goal 51 seconds into OT. That came one play after Lawrence Timmons intercepted Kansas City's Matt Cassel and returned to the 5.

Big Ben left Heinz Field immediately after the injury to get it diagnosed. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin refused to speculate about the long-term effects of the injury, saying only: "I don't live in the hypothetical world."

The Steelers improved to 6-3, one game behind the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers play the Ravens next Sunday night and twice in the next three weeks.

The Steelers are 8-0 at Heinz Field on Monday nights since the stadium opened in 2001.


Eagles tell Vick to stay home

UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick suffered a "pretty significant' concussion and told the quarterback to stay home and rest. Reid says Vick complained of a headache and fatigue on Monday.

If Vick can go for Sunday's game at Washington, rookie Nick Foles will get the start. Vick is set for more tests.

In other NFL injury updates:

__ Coach Lovie Smith says the Chicago Bears properly handled quarterback Jay Cutler's concussion on Sunday night. He says Cutler showed no symptoms of a concussion immediately after the hit, so the quarterback finished the half. Symptoms showed up at intermission and Cutler wound up sitting out the second half.

__ San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh says quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 24-24 tie against the Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion. Harbaugh said Smith improved overnight and is set to see a neurologist. His status for next Monday night's game against the Bears is uncertain.

__ Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano (shee-AH'-noh) says linebacker Quincy Black is expected to recover from a neck injury but is experiencing complications with his left arm.

__ Houston Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar did not travel home from Chicago with the team because of a possible blood clot. Kollar missed Sunday night's game against the Bears because of the issue.

__ Indianapolis has lost starting cornerback Jerraud Powers and defensive tackle Drake Nevis for the rest of the season. Powers injured the big toe on his right foot. Nevis hurt his hand in Thursday's victory at Jacksonville.

__ Buffalo coach Chan Gailey says running back Fred Jackson is being tested for concussion-like symptoms, adding it's too early to determine whether he'll play against Miami on Thursday.


Thunder keeps Pistons winless...Season-high 38 for LeBron

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still winless -- just barely. Oklahoma City rallied to nip the Pistons 92-90. Detroit is 0-8, the worst start in franchise history. The Pistons and Washington are the only NBA teams without a victory.

Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 33 points and keyed the fourth-quarter comeback. Kevin Durant added 26 points and nine rebounds.

The Thunder, who've played four games in five nights, improved to 6-2.

In other NBA action:

— LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 113-110. The Heat made 10 of 21 behind the 3-point line.

— Brandon Jennings scored 33 points and Monta Ellis had 18 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks improved to 3-0 on the road.

__ In a triple-overtime thriller, Utah outlasted Toronto 140-133. Paul Millsap scored seven of his 34 points in the third overtime. Al Jefferson had 24 points and 17 rebounds as the Jazz picked up their first road win of the season.

— Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points before leaving with an injury and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82.

__ The Atlanta Hawks evened their season mark at 3-3 by beating Portland 95-87. Josh Smith led the way with 19 points and 11 boards.

— Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) scored 21 points, including 4 of 5 shooting on 3-pointers, to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns snapped Denver's four-game winning streak, 110-100.


Lakers pick D'Antoni...Sixers' Bynum looking at 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It will be Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee) trying to lead the Los Angeles Lakers back to an NBA championship, not Phil Jackson.

The Lakers have decided on D'Antoni, who gets a three-year, $12 million contract to replace Mike Brown who was fired on Friday.

Jackson was in talks to return for a third stint as Lakers coach. But the Lakers went with D'Antoni who guided Phoenix to some of its most successful seasons and also coached the Knicks before stepping down in March.

D'Antoni is recovering from knee replacement surgery. The Lakers are optimistic D'Antoni will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday. In the meantime, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will continue to run the show. The Lakers are 2-0 under him after opening the season with a 1-4 mark.

The Lakers are set to host San Antonio Tuesday. They'll be without their top two point guards. Steve Nash is out until at least the weekend with a small fracture in his leg. And backup point guard Steve Blake is out with a minor abdominal strain.

In another NBA note, Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January.


Hoosiers roll in Progressive...Sherman leads Irish

Cody Zeller kept No. 1 Indiana in control throughout the first half Monday night.

Remy Abell gave the Hoosiers the other big scorer they needed in the second half — and it came just in time for the Hoosiers to beat North Dakota State 87-61.

Zeller finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. Abell scored a career-high 14, including seven straight during the run that finally turned the game. Freshman Jeremy Hollowell had 14 points for the Hoosiers in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic.

In other Top-25 hoops action:

— Trey Burke scored 22 points and Glenn Robinson III added 21 in fifth-ranked Michigan's 91-54 victory over IUPUI in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

__ Tarik Black had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 17 Memphis to an 81-66 victory over North Florida.

__ No. 18 UNLV topped Northern Arizona 92-54. Anthony Bennett scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures in the Runnin' Rebels season opener.

— Garrick Sherman had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 20 Notre Dame to an 84-57 victory over Monmouth.

__ Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points and No. 19 Gonzaga crushed West Virginia 84-50.


Angels' Trout is unanimous AL Rookie of the Year...Harper tops NL rookies

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year after a season that put him in contention for the MVP award, too.

The 21-year-old center fielder hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs following his call-up from the minor leagues in late April.

Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America and was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008.

Bryce Harper, who just turned 20, is the second-youngest winner of the NL rookie of the year. Harper batted .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs as Washington brought postseason play to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933.

Harper got 16 of 32 first-place votes and 112 points from the NL panel. Arizona pitcher Wade Miley was second with 12 first-place votes and 105 points, followed by Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points.


Affeldt, Giants agree to 3-year deal

UNDATED (AP)— A person familiar with the negotiations says left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francsico Giants have agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

The 33-year-old Affeldt went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances spanning 63 1-3 innings this season for the World Series champions.


Jeff Gordon fined $100,000 and docked 25 points

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-Time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon has been fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon has also been placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he avoided suspension for his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between his crew and Bowyer's crew.


Lockout talks stall

NEW YORK (AP) — After a week full of promise that progress might be made, the NHL lockout talks appear to have bogged down again.

The two-sides met for 90 minutes Sunday, but amid signs that the league is holding firm on its demands on the core economic issues it looks like it will be tough to move forward.

There are no further talks scheduled.


Four to join hockey hall

TORONTO (AP) — Mats Sundin (suhn-DEEN'), Joe Sakic (SA'-kihk), Pavel Bure (BUR'-ay) and Adam Oates have been welcomed into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On the media side, Buffalo Sabres play-by-play voice Rick Jeanneret (jehn-ur-EHT') and Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor also were honored during induction ceremonies in Toronto.


Playoff format finalized

UNDATED (AP) — The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group of five conferences that includes the Big East.

The new postseason format starts in 2014.

In other college football news:

— Washington State football coach Mike Leach denies his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson. Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would "belittle, intimidate and humiliate us."

— Tommy Tuberville (TUH'-bur-vihl) takes full responsibility for losing his cool with a Texas Tech graduate assistant along the sideline during Saturday's win over Kansas. He called his actions "unfortunate" and said he had apologized to Kevin Oliver, who works with special teams.

— Florida coach Will Muschamp says quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's game against Jacksonville State because of a sprained ankle. Fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett (brih-SEHT') likely will start against the lower-division Gamecocks.


Djokovic tops Federer in ATP finals

LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) wins the ATP World Tour Finals beating No. 2 Roger Federer 7-6, 7-5 in London.

It was Djokovic's second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai.

Federer had been looking for his record seventh title.


Armstrong severs ties with Livestrong

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.