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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM


Texans still atop AP Pro32 rankings; 49ers to 2nd

NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Texans remain first in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, with the San Francisco 49ers moving up to second after their convincing win over the Chicago Bears.

The 9-1 Texans received nine first-place votes and 346 points Tuesday from 11 of the 12 media members on The Associated Press panel casting ballots. The 49ers have one first-place vote and 326 points, and the New England Patriots have the other first-place vote and are seventh.

Despite needing overtime to beat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 43-37 on Sunday, Houston was the strong choice to stay at the top. Atlanta drops to third, with Chicago tumbling five sports to eighth after their 32-7 loss to the 49ers on Monday night. Kansas City is 32nd and last.


Reeds wins appeal on suspension

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore safety Ed Reed has avoided a one-game suspension for illegal hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.

Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh when Reed delivered a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Reed appealed the ruling, and hearing officer Ted Cottrell reduced the penalty.


Steelers Batch to start at QB

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Charlie Batch is back on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Mike Tomlin says the 37-year-old Batch will start at quarterback on Sunday in Cleveland.

Batch is 5-2 while subbing for starter Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) through the years. Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich are both out indefinitely with rib injuries. Batch passed for 208 yards in a 27-0 victory over St. Louis last December.

Pittsburgh has brought back Plaxico Burress to provide depth at wide receiver. He spent the first five seasons of his career with the Steelers from 2000-2004.

The Steelers (6-4) were down two receivers at the moment after Jerricho Cotchery fractured his ribs in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore. Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.


Cutler not sure when he'll return

CHICAGO (AP) - Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he is not sure if he will play this week against Minnesota after missing Monday's loss at San Francisco because of a concussion.

Cutler said on a radio show he's "going through the process," to get cleared to return, but still has some "hoops to jump through."


Washington puts Meriweather on IR

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - The Washington Redskins have placed safety Brandon Meriweather on injured reserve after he tore a ligament in his right knee. The injury occurred in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

It was Meriweather's first game of the season after missing the first nine with a sprained left knee.


Jaguars sign WR Shipley, waive FB Ta'ufo'ou

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed receiver Jordan Shipley and waived fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.

Shipley has played in 18 games since entering the league as a third-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2010.


Jays welcome back Gibbons

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays have hired John Gibbons as their manager for a second time. The 50-year-old returns to the club where he served as manager from 2004-2008. He had a 305-305 record and is the 3rd winningest manager in franchise history.

The announcement came a day after the Blue Jays completed a mega deal in which they acquired All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) from Miami. Toronto agreed to the trade last week and Commissioner Bud Selig approved it Monday. The Blue Jays also announced the signing of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Gibbons most recently managed the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League (AA) in the San Diego Padres organization last season. He also had three seasons as the Kansas City Royals bench coach. He joins Cito Gaston as managers serving two stints with the Blue Jays.


Cabrera gets Jays deal

TORONTO (AP) —The Blue Jays have finalized their $16 million, two-year contract with All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, which will pay him $8 million over each season.

Cabrera, who completed a 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone, was not wanted back by the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

The 28-year-old was leading the National League in hitting at .346 when he was suspended Aug. 15. He asked for a rules change that disqualified him from the batting title.

Cabrera had 11 homers, 25 doubles and 60 RBIs in 113 games.


Guthrie gets new deal with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals have signed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal, adding another piece to what should be a retooled starting rotation next season.

Guthrie will make $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. The 33-year-old was acquired in a midseason trade from Colorado, where he'd been just 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA. He wound up going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in Kansas City, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA over his final 11 outings.

The Royals have been trying to piece together a rotation after struggling mightily last season. They've already traded with the Angels for right-hander Ervin Santana and claimed right-hander Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs.


M's get Andino from O's

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle has acquired versatile Robert Andino (an-DEE'-noh) from Baltimore in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

Despite struggling at the plate, Andino has played in 266 games the last two seasons for the Orioles. Andino started 106 games last season for the Orioles, including 96 at second base.

Robinson played in 90 games over the past two seasons for the Mariners. He hit .215 in his limited major league time, but was caught in a log-jam of outfielders seeking playing time in Seattle.


Peralta finalizes $6M deal to remain with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a $6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Peralta gets $3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have $2.5 million annual options for 2015-17.

The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season.


Rockies acquire corner infielder from D-Backs

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have traded left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds to the Arizona Diamondbacks for corner infielder Ryan Wheeler.

Wheeler played in 50 games for the Diamondbacks last season, batting .239 with six doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBIs.

Reynolds went 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA, 17 walks and 51 strikeouts in 71 appearances for Colorado last season.


Cal boots Tedford

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Coach Jeff Tedford was fired on Tuesday after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity.

The Bears lost their final five games this season, finishing 3-9. Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Golden Bears after taking over a one-win team following the 2001 season. He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and spearheaded a facilities upgrade highlighted by a $321 million stadium renovation.

But he never was able to match early success that included a pair of 10-win seasons in his first five years and a share of the 2006 conference title.

Tedford is still owed $6.9 million over the final three years of his contract.


Rutgers to join Big Ten

NEW YORK (AP) — Rutgers is the second school in as many days to join the Big Ten conference.

Rutgers will be leaving the Big East, where it has been competing since 1991. Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014 when it will become the conferences 14th member. Maryland announced Monday it will also become a Big Ten school in 2014.

The Big East requires 27 months' notification for departing members. The Scarlet Knights will have to negotiate a deal with the Big East to leave early.


SDSU AD says Aztecs committed to Big East future

UNDATED (AP) — San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk says the Aztecs are committed to a future in the Big East in 2013 despite Rutgers' jump to the Big Ten.

Sterk made his comments Tuesday during the school's weekly press conference.

He also essentially ruled out the possibility of staying in the Mountain West Conference, noting he hasn't talked to MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson since May.

Brigham Young is another school frequently mentioned in regards to Big East expansion because the Cougars are independent in football.

Sterk says he would be "in favor" of BYU joining the Aztecs in the Big East.


Warriors center Bogut to miss 3 more games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is scheduled to miss at least the next three games as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle.

The team says Bogut spent several days last week in Los Angeles to get treatment under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performed the surgery on the 7-foot Australian on April 27.

The Warriors, who host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, anticipate Bogut being able to run on a special anti-gravity treadmill later this week and return to practice next Monday. Bogut has missed the last six games. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick fractured his ankle Jan. 25 with Milwaukee and missed the rest of the season after being traded to Golden State for guard Monta Ellis.


Lockout goes on

NEW YORK (AP) - Both sides in the ongoing NHL labor fight say negotiations are expected to resume Wednesday following a one-day break in talks.

After owners and players met for about 90 minutes Monday night at the NHL office in Manhattan, the players' association huddled to go over the league's request for a full proposal. Those internal conversations continued Tuesday, and the sides focused on a return to the bargaining table Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear if the players' association would deliver a new, complete offer to the NHL.

The lockout is in its 66th day and has already wiped out 327 games. More cancellations could be coming soon without a new deal.


Patrick splitting with husband

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Danica Patrick says she and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old NASCAR driver.