Update on the latest sports
Lock sidelined, Sutton out for season
UNDATED (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock could be out until midseason due to a shoulder injury suffered in yesterday’s loss to Pittsburgh. The Broncos also lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Courtland Sutton for the season after he tore an ACL in his left knee against the Steelers. Sutton made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns.
In other NFL-related news:
— Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss “multiple weeks” with a high right ankle sprain he sustained in Carolina’s 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
— The 49ers have contacted the NFL about the conditions of the new artificial playing surface at MetLife Stadium after several players went down with injuries in a victory over the Jets. The 49ers players complained before the game that the turf was “sticky.” Those complaints only grew louder after Nick Bosa (BOH’-sah), Solomon Thomas, Raheem Mostert (MOHS’-turt) and Tevin Coleman all had knee injuries, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his ankle.
— Giants running back Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley likely will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Barkley was injured during Sunday’s loss to the Bears. The team said that the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will undergo surgery in the near future.
— Vikings four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle. Barr was hurt before halftime of Minnesota’s 28-11 loss Sunday at Indianapolis.
— Patriots owner Robert Kraft likely won’t face trial in Florida for allegedly soliciting a prostitute. Florida prosecutors say they will not appeal a court ruling throwing out video recordings allegedly showing Kraft paying for massage parlor sex acts last year. The recordings are the only known evidence against them.
Halos top Rangers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels were winners in the final home game of their fifth consecutive losing season.
Jared Walsh homered for the seventh time in 12 games, a grand slam that highlighted a seven-run fourth in an 8-5 win over the Rangers. Walsh extended his hitting streak to 13 games when he mashed a sinker from Kyle Gibson 450 feet over the ficus trees behind the center-field fence at the Big A.
Max Stassi had a two-run single to help Los Angeles win for the 12th time in its last 18 games.
Seeding, not record determines who bats last in World Series
NEW YORK (AP) — The higher seeded team reaching the World Series will have last at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and if needed Games 6 and 7, not necessarily the team with the best record.
This year’s change means a No. 1 seed from one league with fewer regular-season wins than a lower seed from the other league would have the “homefield advantage” for the World Series should they both win pennants. In the event both pennant winners have the same seed, regular-season winning percentage would decide which team is “home” for the first two games.
In other baseball news:
— Braves pitcher Cole Hamels is done for the season after telling the team that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.
— The Rockies have shut down third baseman Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) for the rest of the regular season because of a sore left shoulder. The loss of the five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner is a big blow for a Rockies team trying to hang in the postseason chase after starting 11-3.
— Blue Jays closer Ken Giles will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season and sending him into free agency on an uncertain note. Giles has no record, a 9.82 ERA, and one save in four appearances this season.
Draisaitl adds Hart, Lindsay to Art Ross hardware
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) has won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award after recording his second consecutive 100-point season. He netted 43 goals and had a career-high 67 assists for 110 points to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer, edging teammate Connor McDavid. The Hart Trophy is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and the Lindsay Award is voted on by members of the NHL Players’ Association.
Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon finished second in the Hart balloting, just ahead of New York Rangers winger Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn).
In other NHL Awards:
— Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) won the Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy as top goaltender. Hellebuyck was second in the league with 31 wins while posting a .922 save percentage.
— Nashville’s Roman Josi (YOH’-see) got the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman. Josi had a 12-game point streak and broke a team record for blueliners with 65 points.
— Colorado defenseman Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) came away with the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. Makar produced 12 goals and 50 points with a +12 in 57 games.
Bob Nevin dies at 82
UNDATED (AP) — The former NHL player and fan favorite Bob Nevin has died. The NHL says he died early Monday but did not give a cause.
Nevin won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New York Rangers. He also played for Minnesota and Los Angeles during a 19-year career.
Bob Nevin was 82 years old.
The Montreal Canadiens announced the death of Albert Langlois, who won three straight Stanley Cups with the team from 1958-60. Langlois also played for the Rangers, Bruins and Red Wings, finishing with 21 goals and 112 points in 497 games from 1957-66.
Langlois was 85.
Massachusetts will play after all
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — UMass says it will play football this fall, reversing an August decision to postpone the season until the spring.
One of few independents in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the school says it will start in mid-October. Games still need to be scheduled, which could be a challenge since most leagues are playing a limited number of nonconference games, if any.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-JACKSON STATE-SANDERS
Deion Sanders named head coach at Jackson State
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders has been hired as Jackson State’s football coach.
This will be Sanders’ first head coaching job. He replaces John Hendrick and will take over the Tigers this spring. The Southwestern Athletic Conference school postponed fall sports because of the pandemic.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLE-NCAA RESPONSE
Louisville challenges NCAA over recruiting allegations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has refuted NCAA allegations against its men’s basketball program.
The school is requesting that the highest-level violation be reclassified. The university is also challenging the charge that former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.
The university filed a 104-page response last week to the Notice Of Allegations sent to the school in May. It states that college sports’ governing body seeks to ignore wire fraud convictions against several people involved in the scheme by suggesting they were representing Louisville’s athletic interests.
Djokovic, Halep win in Rome
ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to win his fifth Italian Open title. He also passed childhood idol Pete Sampras for the second-most weeks at No. 1 with 287.
Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Rome title after Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the women’s final with a left thigh injury.