Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

FOOTBALL IS BACK: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette celebrates after his touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 4, in Seattle. Photo: Associated Press/Scott Eklund

In addition to the dominating victory by Seattle to open the 2014-15 NFL season, here are the other big sports stories we’ll be talking about today, Friday, Sept. 5.

Brady misses practice

Tom Brady sat out practice with the Patriots ahead of the team’s season opening game against Miami Sunday. New England’s starting quarterback is suffering from a calf injury. Coach Bill Belichick didn’t meet with reporters after practice.

In other news from around the league:

  • Carolina coach Ron Rivera says he’ll make a game-time decision on quarterback Cam Newton’s availability for Sunday’s regular season opener at Tampa Bay. Newton was limited in practice this week while recovering from fractured ribs. Derek Anderson would start if Newton can’t play.
  • Texans top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney says he suffered a concussion in a joint practice with Denver last month after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He missed the Texans’ final two preseason games, but says he passed the league protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play in Sunday’s opener against Washington.
  • The Daily News of New York says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington’s NFL team. The name may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute if the team’s nickname. The newspaper will also drop the team’s logo of a feathered Native American and replace it by an image that features team colors.
  • The Oakland Raiders have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they failed to pay their cheerleaders minimum wage. The settlement covers 90 Raiderettes who worked for the team from 2010-13 and will pay them between $2,500 and $6,000 for each of those seasons.
  • NFL looks into Jets player’s domestic violence arrest

    The NFL is reviewing the arrest of Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa under its new domestic violence policy as police released details of last weekend’s incident.

    The practice squad member was arrested and charged with domestic violence and simple assault Sunday night, according to an arrest report released by the Florham Park Police Dept. The 22-year-old Enunwa pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

    Ex-Bill Kelly cancer free

    Follow up tests have revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shows no sign of having sinus cancer three months after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The update was provided in a news release issued by Kelly, less than a week after he had biopsies performed at the hospital.

    The results confirm an initial physical exam Kelly had two weeks ago.

    Kelly calls the update as “some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten.”

    Federer rallies into semifinals

    Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011. It’s the ninth time Federer has won a match after dropping the opening two sets.

    Next up is Marin Cilic, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years. Cilic upset sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

    The top-seeded men’s doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. has advanced to another Grand Slam final with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over fellow Americans Rajeev Ram and Scott Lipsky. The Bryan’s are looking for their 16th Grand Slam championship and 100th overall doubles title.

    Orioles go deep on Reds…Angels up by 5 in AL West…Brewers losing streak hits 9

    American League home run leader Nelson Cruz hit his 37th home run and Nick Hundley added a three-run shot in a six-run first inning as the Baltimore Orioles finished a three-game interleague sweep of Cincinnati, 9-7.

    Despite taking a big early lead, the Orioles needed a two-run single by J.J. Hardy to break a seventh-inning tie.

    The victory moves the AL East-leading Orioles 25 games over .500 at 82-57.

    In other baseball:

  • inch-hitter Chris Iannetta’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over Minnesota. The gives the Angels a five-game lead over idle Oakland in the AL West.
  • The New York Yankees rallied with two late home runs to edge Boston 5-4. Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley homered in the bottom of the ninth. New York is four games out of the second AL wild-card spot with 24 games left.
  • Detroit erupted with seven runs in the 11th inning and beat Cleveland 11-4. Eugenio Suarez’s two-run single and Victor Martinez’s three-run homer highlighted the big inning.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers losing streak is now nine. St. Louis stretched its lead in the NL Central to four games over Milwaukee by beating the Brewers 3-2. The Brewers stranded potential tying runs in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth. Cards starter Michael Wacha was limited to three innings in his first start off the disabled list. Marco Gonzalez got the win in relief.
  • New deal for La Rosa

    The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract extension with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The 33-year-old has been a dependable arm in a rotation hit hard by injuries this season. He’s 13-10 with a 4.26 earned run average.

    De La Rosa’s 68 wins with the Rockies trail only Aaron Cook’s 72 for most in franchise history.

    McIlroy shares lead

    Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland share the lead when the opening round of the BMW Championship was stopped due to lightning. All are at 3-under 67. Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Canadian Graham DeLaet are among those one shot back in the third of four FedEx Cup events.

    Bruins ink center

    The Boston Bruins have signed center David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension. The new deal begins in the 2015-16 season after the final season of his current deal.

    Krejci led the Bruins last season with 50 assists and 69 points.

    U.S. wins again

    The U.S. entry in the Basketball World Cup has finished pool play with a 95-71 win over Ukraine. James Harden scored 17 points and Stephen Curry added 14 in the win, which gave the American’s a record of 5-0. The U.S. will next play Mexico in the round of 16 in Barcelona Saturday night.

    NCAA says UConn broke rules calling Mo’Ne

    The NCAA has determined that Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo’Ne Davis last month.

    Athletic director Warde Manuel says UConn accepts the decision but does not agree with it.

    Manuel says before Auriemma called Davis during the Little League World Series, he checked with UConn’s compliance department and was told the call was permissible. The department thought the 13-year-old wouldn’t be considered a prospective student athlete by the NCAA and the school says the call was not “recruiting in nature.”

    Hall of Fame coach unhurt in Wyoming accident

    Retired college basketball coach Bob Knight was supposed to be on a fishing trip, but escaped injury when his vehicle struck a cow on a dark northern Wyoming highway late last month.

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 22 on a remote section of state road known as the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

    Trooper Brad McConnell says the impact caused the air bag on the 2012 Ford Expedition to deploy and severely damaged the front end. The vehicle was totaled.

    Knight told McConnell that he never saw the cow, which was among several that wandered onto the roadway in an open range area.

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