Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:06 AM

PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A tender ankle kept Peyton Manning out of practice Wednesday when the Denver Broncos began preparations for the Washington Redskins.

Manning said he'll be back Thursday, however.

This was the first time Manning has missed a practice in Denver.

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension from the NFL for multiple helmet-to-helmet hits was cut in half on appeal.

Two days after Meriweather was told he would miss time for repeated violations of player safety rules, hearing officer Ted Cottrell reduced the punishment to one game. Cottrell was jointly appointed by the league and the players' union.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Josh Freeman has a concussion and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he will likely turn the offense back over to Christian Ponder for the game against Green Bay on Sunday night.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — It's backup Jason Campbell's turn to start at quarterback for the Browns.

Coach Rob Chudzinksi benched struggling starter Brandon Weeden and will go with Campbell on Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell is the third QB to start in eight games for Cleveland, following Weeden and Brian Hoyer, who sustained a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 3.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants placed starting center David Baas on injured reserve after he sustained his third injury this season.

Baas hurt his left knee for the second time in 2013 on the final play of the opening series Monday night in the Giants' 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings, their first victory of the season. The nine-year veteran hurt the knee in the preseason and also suffered a neck injury that caused him to miss three other games. He played in only three of the seven games.

Third-year pro Jim Cordle will replace Baas, who is in his third season with New York.

DALLAS (AP) — A co-conspirator and cousin of former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has received eight years in prison for his role in trying to set up a drug-distribution ring.

Jesse Tyrone Chavful was sentenced in Dallas federal court.

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PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2-3-2 NBA Finals format is following David Stern out of the league.

NBA owners unanimously voted to return to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, believing the travel inconveniences that teams faced when Stern became commissioner nearly 30 years ago no longer exist.

Beginning with the 2014 finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds.

The current format was instituted in 1985, Stern's first full year in charge, in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Celtics and Lakers frequently meeting for the championship. But critics felt it gave an edge to the lower-seeded team.

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BASEBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are asking some fans for their opinions on the team's "Chief Wahoo" logo.

As part of their annual postseason survey to gauge fan satisfaction, the team is asking fans for feedback on a variety of topics including in-game experience, uniforms and Cleveland's smiling Indians logo, a caricature some of have labeled offensive. In the survey, fans are asked to give their stance on five statements regarding the logo. The survey asks for similar responses — on a standard, five-choice scale — on the team's "Block C" and "Script Indians logo."

The Indians have no immediate plans to change any of their logos.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Four female officials will work a game between Division II Miles and Lane in what appears to be a first for a college football game.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, an Atlanta-based league comprised of historically black schools, said Thursday night's game at Miles will mark the first time a mostly female officiating crew has worked any NCAA football game. The league said the NFL 's director of football officials David Coleman and director of recruiting Ron Baynes will attend the game to evaluate the officials' performance.

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SOCCER

GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warmed up for their World Cup playoffs meeting with big games for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Ronaldo had two goals in Madrid's 2-1 home victory over Juventus in the marquee matchup of the day, and Ibrahimovic scored four times — including an unstoppable long-range strike — to help PSG outclass Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels.

Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Viktoria Plzen 5-0, and Bayer Leverkusen topped Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0.

Madrid, PSG and Bayern all lead their groups with three straight wins, and Manchester United has a one-point lead over Leverkusen after edging Real Sociedad 1-0

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TENNIS

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer rallied past Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Indoors.

Federer conceded a set for the first time in five matches against the 48th-ranked Istomin, and rallied from 0-40 down in his first service game in the third.

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — John Isner of the United States edged Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) at the Valencia Open.

Top-seeded David Ferrer eased into the second round by stopping Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-2. Monfils appeared to be in pain during the second set, but kept playing.

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