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
Andre Johnson - WR
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
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Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

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