Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Tuesday's Sports In Brief
November 6, 2013, 4:06 am
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PRO FOOTBALL

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers' franchise quarterback is taking a seat.

Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out.

The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. He got hurt after getting sacked by the Bears' Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers' first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.

''I do have a fractured collarbone. That's a significant injury,'' Rodgers said. ''We'll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.''

Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly. ''In this case, it was considerably more pain than I've felt in a long time,'' he added.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texans coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke and there's no word on when he will resume coaching duties.

The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack at halftime of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. He was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

''I've been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health,'' Kubiak said in a statement released by the team. ''Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery.''

Kubiak collapsed on the field and was rushed to a hospital. The Texans blew an 18-point lead without him and the 27-24 setback was the team's sixth straight loss.

MIAMI (AP) - The NFL Players Association said it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.

The league is investigating the relationship Incognito had with teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week because of emotional issues. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.

''As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved,'' the union said in a statement that included no condemnation of Incognito's conduct.

Instead, the union said accountability rested with the Dolphins.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos placed guard John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list after he told the team he was quitting the NFL.

Moffitt, a third-year pro from Wisconsin, didn't return from the team's bye week Monday. On Tuesday, he told 102.3 ESPN in Denver that he'd lost his love for the game and didn't want to keep playing just for a paycheck.

Moffitt also told the radio station he was thinking about his long-term health, saying, ''scientists do know that hits to the head do deteriorate your brain,'' and that wasn't a risk he was willing to take any longer.

''I still love football,'' Moffitt said. ''I just don't love doing it.''

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BASEBALL

SEATTLE (AP) - Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from.

McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners' fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team. Wedge's three-year contract expired after the season.

The 54-year-old McClendon is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year. He will be formally introduced by the team on Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as AL MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Detroit's star third baseman is joined by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has been a finalist in each of his first two major league seasons.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina are up for top player in the National League.

Finalists for the BBWAA awards are being announced Tuesday. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested late Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Monfort was arrested in Windsor, about 60 miles north of Denver. Police Sgt. Gerald Beers said he had no details.

Monfort issued a statement apologizing to the team, fans and his family.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The champion Boston Red Sox are saying thank you to fans - of their World Series opponents.

The Red Sox took out a full-page ad in Tuesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Under a large photo of two boys - one in Cardinals clothing, the other in a Red Sox jersey and cap - the heading reads, ''From one great baseball town to another.''

The ad is signed by Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for, and his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under ''special pressure,'' The Associated Press has learned.

The agent, Jimmy Sexton, made the comments during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall. Hicks detailed the call in a Sept. 24 email that was obtained by the AP through an open-records request.

''Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him,'' Hicks wrote.

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POKER

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 23-year-old poker pro from Michigan won the World Series of Poker main event late Tuesday, claiming the $8.4 million title after pushing past his last opponent in a brief, dramatic match.

Ryan Riess started out behind, but used cleverly varied play to seize and maintain a lead amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold `em.

On the last hand, 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber went all-in with a Queen-Five. Riess, dealt an Ace-King, rightly suspected his opponent wasn't holding much and called instantly.

Riess backed into the stands to watch the cards turn, and won the championship with the arms of his girlfriend around his shoulders.

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COLLEGES

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Steve Patterson is leaving Arizona State for Texas, where he will take over the wealthiest athletic department in the country and a program facing serious questions about the job security of its football and men's basketball coaches as well as its president.

Patterson accepted an offer from Texas after interviewing for the athletic director opening over the weekend. West Virginia's Oliver Luck had reportedly been the leading candidate, but Patterson was the choice to succeed DeLoss Dodds, who is stepping down at Texas after 32 years.

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SWIMMING

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan.

The five-time Olympic champion tore a ligament and sprained another in his left knee last weekend during a visit to Gainesville, Fla.

A teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process, his publicist said. Lochte hit his knee on a curb, while the girl was not hurt Sunday.

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RUNNING

NEW YORK (AP) - An 86-year-old Californian who was the oldest woman to complete Sunday's New York City Marathon died of complications of blunt trauma resulting from a fall she took during the race.

Joy Johnson, of San Jose, Calif., Johnson stumbled and hit her head on the road at about the 20th mile, according to her sister, Faith Anderson.

Anderson told the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1hgv0Hg) that medics wanted to take Johnson to the hospital but she insisted on continuing the race.

On Monday, Johnson felt tired after her visit to the ''Today'' show and lay down on the bed at her hotel. She never woke up.

Organizers said Sunday's race was Johnson's 25th New York City Marathon.