TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.
The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.
Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman after the 25-year-old completed just 45.7 percent of his passes and posted a league-low quarterback rating of 59.3 through three games, all losses. Glennon made his first pro start last Sunday, turning the ball over three times during the fourth quarter of a 13-10 loss to Arizona.
Freeman is owed the remaining $6.25 million on the contract he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer injured his right knee in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.
Buffalo rookie quarterback EJ Manuel also was injured, hurting his knee in the third quarter.
Brandon Weeden replaced Hoyer and led the Browns to a 37-24 victory. Jeff Tuel replaced Manuel for the Bills.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ahmad Bradshaw could have season-ending neck surgery or he could let the injury to heal on its own, a person with knowledge of the medical options told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The person requested anonymity because the team has not provided specific details about the injury. There is no time table for making that choice, the person said.
Bradshaw, who had offseason surgery on his right foot, signed with the Colts in June and was expected to be a key cog in the Colts' new power-running game.
But he hasn't practiced the last two weeks, and coach Chuck Pagano wouldn't say Wednesday whether Bradshaw had been ruled out of Sunday's showdown with NFC West-leading Seattle.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Getting into the Minnesota Vikings' glitzy new stadium will come at a high cost for some fans: an average of $2,500 for the right to buy a season ticket in the new building.
The ticket licenses cover three-quarters of the building's 65,000 seats, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority revealed. They're a key part of two agreements that won quick approval from the public authority. One covers how the stadium will be financed and built, the other how operating costs and revenue will be split over a 30-year lease.
State taxpayers are paying $348 million toward the nearly billion-dollar stadium, with the city of Minneapolis putting up $150 million. The Vikings are responsible for $477 million.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jack Del Rio only wanted to talk about the Cowboys, not the Trojans.
In his first for-the-record comments since his name's been bandied about as a possible replacement for Lane Kiffin at USC, Del Rio declined Thursday to address speculation he might return to his alma mater.
Asked if he'd been contacted by USC, the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator said, "No. No. No, there's nothing to speak on that subject. I'm really here to talk about the Cowboys and our preparation in getting ready for them."
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The Americans survived a late rally and put the International team in a familiar hole at the Presidents Cup.
Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the face of a bunker to 3 feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win in the final match on the course at Muirfield Village. That win gave the Americans a 3½-2½ lead, the fourth straight time they have led after the opening session in the Presidents Cup.
The Presidents Cup at least was close for one day, and it was entertaining beyond the golf.
Former president George W. Bush was on the first tee — not the greatest omen because he also met with the Americans at Medinah before they coughed up the Ryder Cup — and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel made light of their bad haircuts by wearing wigs onto the tee.
Assistant captain Davis Love III found a pet squirrel small enough to fit into his pocket, and Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn gave Tiger Woods a brief scare when she put the squirrel on his back.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April.
The Los Angeles Lakers said that Bryant is expected to return early next week.
He went to Germany twice in 2011 for a procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time.
The Los Angeles Times on Thursday cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Bryant was going to Germany this time. He was having a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day.
The 6-foot-11 Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night's practice and did not participate in practice on Thursday. His return is uncertain.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Patrick Roy says he was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his emotional outburst in his Colorado Avalanche coaching debut.
Soon after the final horn of a 6-1 win over the Ducks on Wednesday night, Roy yelled at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau and then pounded on the glass partition separating the two benches. Roy was livid over a late knee-to-knee hit on rookie Nathan MacKinnon.
Roy said he will "always defend my players."
BALTIMORE (AP) — Football is on for Army, Navy and Air Force this weekend although some other service academy sports are still suspended because of the government shutdown.
The Defense Department said everything was on hold at Navy through Sunday except for Saturday's football game against Air Force. According to Navy's website, 19 events were either postponed or canceled on Saturday and Sunday, including men's and women's soccer games, swim meets and a women's volleyball match at home against Colgate.
Air Force has women's volleyball and soccer matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday that will be postponed.
Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play football because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.
Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the committee that will chose the four teams that will play for the national championship when the College Football Playoff starts in 2014.
A person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press that the three ADs were expected to be part of the 12-18 member panel being put together by conference commissioners.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi professor says that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with "hate speech" on Tuesday night.
Michael Barnett, the assistant theatre chair, said that several students in the play told him that audience members were disruptive and used "derogatory terms" for homosexuals during a production of "The Laramie Project" on campus.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed to The Associated Press that football players were in the crowd. Barnett says a group of football players apologized after the play.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has placed an assistant strength and conditioning coach on administrative leave for lending money to suspended defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News reported Thursday.
Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely by the coach Nick Saban on Wednesday for violating unspecified team rules, but no other details were released.
The Tuscaloosa News, citing unidentified sources, reported that Corey Harris was put on administrative leave.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali was back home to honor an ex-president, Grammy winners and young adults for their roles in fighting for humanitarian causes.
The former heavyweight boxing champion was surrounded by family and friends for the awards presentation that turned into a main event in Louisville. Recipients of the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included former President Jimmy Carter and singers Christina Aguilera and Michael Bolton.
Ali was seated at a table in the middle of the hotel ballroom but never took the stage during the three-hour event.
Ali's wife, Lonnie, said the awards represent an extension of Ali's legacy of promoting social causes, his focus since his retirement from boxing in 1981.
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison for inappropriately touching teenage girls.
Curtis was sentenced in Michigan by Barry County Circuit Judge Amy McDowell, who called the two-time World Series champion a "predator."
But Curtis, who this summer was found guilty of six counts of criminal sexual conduct, told McDowell Thursday that the three victims lied.
Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won the two World Series rings with the Yankees.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals hired Dale Sveum to handle infield instruction and other coaching duties, three days after he was fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs.
The Royals also announced that the contracts of third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia were not renewed. Cadahia had been on personal leave to attend to a family matter late in the season, and will be offered another opportunity within the organization.
MOSCOW (AP) — Human Rights Watch says Russian authorities have rounded up hundreds of migrant workers in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and expelled some of them for alleged violations of migration or employment regulations.
Jane Buchanan, HRW's Europe and Central Asia associate director, said in Thursday's statement that "it's outrageous for the migrant workers who helped to build Sochi's shiny new Olympic venues to be herded into detention and deported."
BEIJING (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams overcame tough challenges to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.
Djokovic outlasted Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in a see-saw match while Williams saved three set points in the first set before beating Maria Kirilenko of Russia 7-5, 7-5.
TOKYO (AP) — Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada overpowered Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open.