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Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 11:06 AM


Cardinals get reinforcements for Saints

UNDATED (AP) — It's Week 4 of the NFL season and the unbeaten New Orleans Saints are hosting a bolstered Arizona Cardinals team.

Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back Rashard Mendenhall are active against the Saints after their availability was in doubt this week.

The Saints have scratched running back Mark Ingram, who struggled early this season and missed practice this past week with a toe injury.

In other NFL games:

__ Running back Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) has been placed on the active list for Cleveland's game at Minnesota, three days after the 31-year-old signed with the team.

__ The Baltimore Ravens have placed injured running back Ray Rice on their inactive list for their game against the 2-0 Houston Texans. Rice strained his left hip flexor last week.

— Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is inactive against the Green Bay Packers, leaving Cincinnati's secondary short-handed against Aaron Rodgers. Both teams are 1-1.

— San Diego rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker and linebacker Donald Butler will not play against the Tennessee Titans in a battle of 1-1 teams.

— Reggie Bush's banged-up left knee will keep him out for the Detroit Lions against the Washington Redskins. The Lions have never won in Washington.

— Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is inactive against St. Louis because of his troublesome left knee. Both teams are 1-1.

__ In a battle of winless teams, the Carolina Panthers will be without three defensive starters against the New York Giants after defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was declared inactive with a thigh injury.

__ On paper, one of the most lopsided games looks to be winless Tampa Bay visiting 2-0 New England. Plus, Pats coach Bill Belichick has had 10 days to prepare his team for the Bucs.

In the later games, the 2-0 Miami Dolphins will host 1-1 Atlanta.

The 2-0 Seattle Seahawks are hosting the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.

Indianapolis visits San Francisco to play the 49ers in a matchup of 1-1 teams.

In another 1-1 matchup, the Buffalo Bills travel to the Meadowlands to play the Jets.

And tonight, the 2-0 Chicago Bears travel to Pittsburgh to take on the winless Steelers.


AP source: Broncos' Miller caught manipulating drug test

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the case says Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller was caught trying to manipulate the NFL's drug-testing system.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the details of Miller's violation. The manipulation attempt was first reported by ESPN.

Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season under the NFL's substance-abuse policy.


Tigers without Cabrera as magic number is 2

UNDATED (AP) — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox today after leaving last night's game with groin soreness.

Manager Jim Leyland says he's concerned about Cabrera, who is finishing up a spectacular season at the plate but has been bothered by a number of nagging injuries over the last couple months.

Cabrera is hitting .349 with 44 home runs and 136 RBIs.

The Tigers rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat the White Sox 7-6 yesterday and reduce their magic number for clinching the AL Central to two.

In other baseball action:

The Cleveland Indians open the day with a scant half-game lead over Texas for the final wild-card berth in the AL. The Indians are playing Houston.

The New York Yankees are hosting San Francisco in what likely is 43-year-old Mariano Rivera's final game at Yankee Stadium.

Boston, which already has clinched the AL East, is home against Toronto.

Baltimore, which has fallen three and a-half games out of the final AL wild-card spot, is at Tampa Bay.

Texas, which is a half-game out of the final wild card, is visiting Kansas City. The Royals are three and a-half out of the wild card.

Oakland, closing in on the AL West title, is hosting Minnesota with a magic number of two. Seattle is at the L.A. Angels.

Over in the NL, the Atlanta Braves' magic number for clinching the NL East is still one after they lost 3-1 to the Cubs yesterday.

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 4-2 yesterday to put the Pirates one game ahead of the Reds in the battle for the NL's first wild card. They play again in the Steel City today.

The Washington Nationals, four and a-half out in the wild card with eight to play, have a day-night doubleheader against Miami in the nation's capital.

The New York Mets are at Philadelphia, NL West champion Los Angeles is at San Diego and Arizona is at Colorado.

Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals are at Milwaukee. The Cardinals need one more victory to clinch a playoff berth.

MLB-PHILLIES/SANDBERG Phils make Sandberg permanent manager

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies remove interim tag from Ryne Sandberg, signing him this morning to manage the next three years.

Sandberg had been serving as interim manager since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies have gone 18-16 under Sandberg.

He signed a three-year contract, taking him through 2016 with a club option for 2017.


Stenson up by 4

ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson is the man to beat at the Tour Championship, and it's going to take a Herculean effort to deny him the big payday for winning the FedEx Cup. Stenson is scheduled to tee off at 1:55 (Eastern time).

Stenson takes a four-shot lead over long-hitting Dustin Johnson into today's final round. At one point on the back nine, Stenson had an eight-shot lead but faltered a bit near the end of his round with four bogies on his back nine.

Even if he were to lose the lead and finish second, Stenson would capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.

Steve Stricker is alone in third place at five-under. Zach Johnson is in a tie for fourth.


Wiebe leads by 2

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Mark Wiebe (WEE'-bee) is the leader through two rounds of the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship.

Wiebe shot a 3-under-par 69 for an 11-under total, two shots ahead of Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing). Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) and Brian Henninger are three shots back.


Vettel goes wire-to-wire in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel recorded yet another start-to-finish win at the Singapore Grand Prix to further extend his lead in the Formula One championship.

The German was in a class of his own under the Marina Bay lights. He won by a massive 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso and boosting his championship lead over Alonso from 53 points to 60 with six races remaining.

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) was third, ahead of the Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth respectively.


Williams reaches 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO (AP) — Venus Williams overpowered Mona Barthel of Germany 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Williams needed just 1 hour, 4 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch Barthel and set up a second-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh), who has a first-round bye.

Top-ranked Serena Williams, who won her 17th Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, pulled out of the $2.3 million tournament, saying she needed time to recover from a busy summer playing schedule.

No. 3-ranked Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the Tokyo tournament because of a right-shoulder injury that kept her out of the U.S. Open.


Tide still No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there is little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remains No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.

The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

No. 2 Oregon, which didn't play, receives the remaining four first-place votes.

No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989.

No. 25 Fresno State is the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State drops out.


Bearcats freshman lineman dies in accident

CINCINNATI (AP) — A freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati was killed and two freshman receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident following the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio last night in nearby Oxford, Ohio.

Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred south of Oxford.

Receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr and the driver of the vehicle — whose identity has not been released — were listed in critical condition. Harrison was in stable condition.