Thursday's Sports In Brief

Thursday's Sports In Brief
October 18, 2013, 4:01 am
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PRO FOOTBALL

HOUSTON (AP) Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans on Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.

Keenum will make his first appearance in a regular-season game against the rugged defense of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the fans just set a Guinness record as the noisiest outdoor stadium in the world.

Keenum will start for Matt Schaub, who is out dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot, and try to help the Houston Texans snap a four-game losing streak.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday's game against Dallas.

However, coach Chip Kelly has not officially ruled him out yet.

Vick has practiced on a limited basis all week, while second-year quarterback Nick Foles has worked with the first team.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Injured Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker says he's preparing to start Sunday against San Francisco.

The Titans aren't saying he will, but they're also not saying he won't.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson rejoined the Minnesota Vikings after missing practice to attend the funeral for his 2-year-old son.

Peterson says he went to Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday for the private service. The boy died last week in an alleged case of child abuse. Peterson says he didn't know the child was his until about two months ago and had been working with the boy's mother to support the family financially and meet the boy, Tyrese Robert Ruffin.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new brokerage is offering sports fans a chance to bet on the moneymaking potential of star athletes.

The unorthodox opportunity kicked off with an IPO filing proposing to sell stock for a stake in the future income of the Houston Texans' Arian Foster, one of the NFL's top running backs.

The IPO hinges on a deal requiring Fantex Inc. to pay Foster $10 million in return for a 20 percent share of his remaining contract with the Texans, his endorsement income and any other future money tied to his football career.

Fantex plans to sell 1.06 million shares at $10 apiece to pay Foster and cover other expenses.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Rex Ryan has provided plenty of memorable quotes during his four-plus years as coach of the New York Jets. This one, though, might have topped them all.

''I did not tell our players that they couldn't have sex,'' Ryan said.

Newly acquired Josh Cribbs said he could tell how much Ryan wants to beat New England, telling his players to put off doing chores around the house until next week. Some players mistakenly thought Ryan implied that sex also was on his banned ''honey-do'' list.

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BASEBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.

In what the team called a retirement, Ryan said that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson.

Asked about the difference in the team announcing that he was retiring and him calling it a resignation, the 66-year-old Ryan paused and then said he wouldn't be the CEO of another major league team and called this perhaps the ''final chapter'' of his storied career in baseball.

CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search.

The Cubs are looking for a manager to help develop their young players, a big reason they cited for firing Dale Sveum. He was 127-197 over two seasons.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - Winless Grambling State changed football coaches for the second time this season.

Defensive assistant Dennis ''Dirt'' Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, has been named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Winston replaces George Ragsdale, who was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.

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GOLF

LAS VEGAS (AP) - J.J. Henry made a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on his final hole for an 11-under 60 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Henry also had nine birdies in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin en route to the lowest round of his career. The two-time PGA Tour winner broke the course record and was a shot off the event mark of 59 set by Chip Beck in 1991 at Sunrise Golf Club.

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AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy.

NASCAR announced its decision against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports. The substance was not identified.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville starting power forward Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely by the university for violating school policy.

Coach Rick Pitino didn't specify what the violation was but said Behanan violated a team rule.

The coach said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Behanan, who played a key role in the Cardinals' NCAA championship run last season, could possibly return in December.

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PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nets retired the No. 5 jersey of Jason Kidd, who led them to two NBA Finals as a player and is now their coach.

The ceremony took place before the Nets hosted the Miami Heat.

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PRO HOCKEY

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall scored two goals just 8 seconds apart to break the team mark set by Wayne Gretzky.

The 21-year-old Hall connected at 15:52 of the first period with a wrist shot from the left circle and then knocked a rebound past New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 16:00 on Thursday night.

Gretzky, the NHL career leader in goals and points, scored two goals in nine seconds against St. Louis on Feb. 18, 1981, in the third period of Edmonton's 9-2 victory.

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9. He's ready to go as Arian Foster's caddie against the Eagles.
Oct 31 2:55PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) is listed as probable for Week 9. He'll be all systems go against the Eagles' solid run defense.
Oct 31 2:54PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9. Johnson is a legitimate WR1 against the Eagles' inconsistent secondary.
Oct 31 2:53PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (illness) is expected to miss Week 9 against the Eagles. Updating a previous item, Clowney appears to be over his early-season knee injury. But he is dealing with an illness. Clowney's absence is an upgrade to Nick Foles'...
Oct 31 1:11PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
Oct 30 3:39PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More

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