Good Monday Nighter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Monday night football has New England at Carolina. Tom Brady is 13-4 in Monday night games with 41 TD passes and 14 INTs, and New England is 84-21 in the second half of the regular season since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. Cam Newton and the surging Panthers have won five straight. While the Pats enter play at 7-2, the Panthers are 6-3.
UNDATED (AP) — One of six top-25 college basketball games on the way has number-two Michigan State taking on Portland. The Spartans have won their first three games including an upset of top-rated Kentucky. Number-four Duke, at 2-1, takes on UNC Asheville.
The rest of the schedule has number-six Arizona meeting Fairleigh Dickinson, ninth-rated Syracuse facing St. Francis, Southern University challenging number-eleven Florida and 24th-rated UCLA meeting Sacramento State.
UNDATED (AP) — There are six games in the NBA tonight including surprising Portland at Brooklyn. While it's early in the season, the Trail Blazers are atop the Northwest Division after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons. Portland is riding a six-game winning streak and sports an 8-2 mark. The Nets are 3-6.
Another contest has Golden State looking to add to a three-game winning streak. The 7-3 Warriors visit a struggling Utah team that has just one win in eleven games.
The Los Angeles Clippers are also 7-3. They host Memphis tonight.
The rest of the schedule has Charlotte at Chicago, Oklahoma City home to Denver and Philadelphia at Dallas.
UNDATED (AP) — One of three games in the NHL has Anaheim at Pittsburgh. Despite being two of the top teams in the NHL, these two clubs are slumping. The 12-8 Penguins have lost four of the last five. The Ducks, at 15-5-2, have lost their last three.
The two other contests have Boston skating at Carolina while Winnipeg hosts Calgary.
A-Rod continues battle
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is back at Major League Baseball's office for the resumption of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz already has presided over eight days of sessions over the last two months. Rodriguez's legal team was set to call witnesses when the hearing resumed.
It was unclear whether the New York Yankees third baseman would testify. He had been scheduled for an investigatory interview with MLB on Friday, but the session was canceled when Rodriguez's side said he was ill with flu-like systems and could not travel from California.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract, and the players' association filed a grievance to overturn the penalty.
Armstrong: UCI head planned Tour doping cover-up
LONDON (AP) — Lance Armstrong claims former UCI president Hein Verbuggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France.
Armstrong tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper that Verbruggen insisted "we've got to come up with something" to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid.
The International Cycling Union accepted Armstrong's backdated prescription for a cream to treat saddle sores. That allowed Armstrong to continue in the race, and he went on to win the first of his seven Tours.
Armstrong says Verbruggen described the positive tests as "the knockout punch for our sport" before the backdated prescription was accepted.
Verbruggen, who served as UCI president until 2005, did not respond to messages Monday. The Dutchman has long denied any collusion with Armstrong.