Steelers QB has shoulder sprain
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) has a sprained right shoulder and left Heinz Field with his arm in a sling. His status for Sunday's showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore is uncertain.
Roethlisberger left Monday night's overtime win over Kansas City in the third quarter after getting slammed to the ground by Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Veteran backup Byron Leftwich filled in and completed 7 of 14 passes for 73 yards.
Tomlin said safety Troy Polamalu (pah-luh-MAH'-loo) remains doubtful with a right calf injury. Polamalu hasn't played since a win over Philadelphia on Oct. 7.
Black on IR
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his neck making a tackle.
The Buccaneers have said they expect Black to recover from a collision with San Diego's Ryan Mathews, but that the sixth-year pro is experiencing some complications with his left arm.
Black was injured during Tampa Bay's victory over the Chargers on Sunday. He was taken to a hospital for observation and later released.
Black started five games and finished with 32 tackles.
Bears sign back-up quarterback
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown with Jay Cutler's status for this week uncertain. Cutler sat out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston with a concussion. Jason Campbell took over and is expected to start Monday at San Francisco if Cutler can't go. But the Bears needed a backup.
McCown appeared in three games with Chicago last season and made two starts, completing 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Charged dropped against Minnesota running back
HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury in Houston has dismissed a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowl running back and other witnesses.
Derek Hollingsworth, one of Peterson's attorneys, says the case stemming from Peterson's July 7 arrest outside a nightclub is expected to be formally dropped on Wednesday. Peterson was due in court for a pretrial hearing on Thursday before Judge Natalie Fleming.
Minnesota governor chide Vikings on planned seat fees
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he will fight any effort by the Vikings to charge fans extra fees to buy season tickets in the new publicly subsidized football stadium.
In a sharply worded letter, Dayton told team owner Zygi Wilf that he is distressed by reports the team may charge seat license fees to help generate money for the stadium. Dayton says he will urge a public authority to block any such move.
The team is due to pay slightly more than half of the $975 million price tag. Dayton told Wilf that the contribution is the responsibility of team owners, not fans.
The governor has long pushed for what he calls a "People's Stadium." He says he won't let the result be a "Rich People's Stadium."
Manager of Year awards to be announced
UNDATED (AP) — The baseball post-season awards continue with the top manager in each league set to be named later today.
The National League honor will likely go to Washington's Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old led the Nationals to their first NL East title and a majors-high 98 wins. Washington lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL division series, blowing a 6-0 lead in Game 5.
Cincinnati's Dusty Baker and San Francisco's Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) are the other finalists.
In the American League, it's expected to come down to Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Oakland's Bob Melvin.
Showalter guided a young Orioles team into an unexpected playoff spot after four successive last-place finishes. Melvin led the Athletics to the AL West championship with a late-season surge. Oakland became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with under 10 to play.
Chicago's Robin Ventura is the other finalist.
Cubs sign former Twin Baker
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker that guarantees $5.5 million next season.
The veteran right-hander could earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses. The Cubs announced the move Tuesday.
Baker was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA with Minnesota from 2005-11. He underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery April 17 and missed last season after being limited to 23 appearances (21 starts) in 2011.
Vonn in hospital
UNDATED (AP) — Four-time World Cup overall champ Lindsay Vonn remains hospitalized in Colorado with "severe intestinal pain" that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.
Vonn's ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, tells the AP that this isn't the first time she has gone to a hospital but it is the first time she has remained. He says that Vonn hasn't trained since going out in the second run of the season-opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Austria.
Haemmerle added that Vonn told him she feels has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting.
Budinger out after surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota swingman Chase Budinger will miss the next three to four months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery Tuesday, three days after Budinger was injured in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
Budinger is averaging 11.8 points and had helped fill in for Brandon Roy, who has missed two straight games with knee soreness.
Unbeatn Knicks in action
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's only remaining spotless record goes on the line tonight when the Knicks visit Orlando as part of a six-game schedule. New York is 4-0 for the first time since starting the season with seven straight wins in 1993-94 on the way to the NBA Finals.
Carmelo Anthony is pacing the Knicks with a league-leading 27.3 scoring average.
San Antonio's not unbeaten, but they're off to a 6-1 start for the second-best record in the league. They have a high-profile meeting in Los Angeles with the Lakers tonight.
It will be the Lakers' first game since naming Mike D'Antoni as the new coach, replacing the fired Mike Brown. But D'Antoni isn't expected to be on the job yet while he recovers from knee replacement surgery. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will be running the team as he has in the Lakers' two previous wins since Brown's departure.
The Wizards will try to break into the win column for the first time this season when they pay a visit to Charlotte. Washington has dropped its first five games.
UNDATED (AP) — A pair of early-season top-25 showdowns highlight the college basketball schedule tonight.
Third-ranked Kentucky and No. 9 Duke square off in the first meeting of the storied programs since 2001. The Wildcats managed to survive a scare from Maryland in their season opener while Duke opened with an easy win over Georgia State.
The opening part of the doubleheader in Atlanta tonight has No. 7 Kansas meeting 21st-ranked Michigan State. The Jayhawks are coming off a 19-point win over Southeast Missouri while the Spartans suffered a three-point loss to then-unranked Connecticut in their opener.
The Huskies rode that win into the No. 23 spot in the AP poll this week. UConn takes on Vermont tonight as part of the seven-game Top 25 schedule.
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Baylor hosts Kentucky
WACO, Texas (AP) — Top-ranked Baylor gets an early-season challenge when it hosts No. 6 Kentucky in women's college basketball tonight.
The Bears are led by national player of the year 6-foot-8 Brittany Griner and are considered a favorite to repeat as national champs. They return their entire starting line-up from last seasons's 40-0 team.
Kentucky is considered a favorite to win the Southeatern Conference.