Monday's Sports In Brief


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brock Osweiler is preparing for his second consecutive start for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning is seeking a second opinion on his injured left foot.

Manning flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet with renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson about his torn plantar fascia. That doesn't mean he had a setback in his rehab nor does it indicate Manning faces increased odds of a season-ending surgery, coach Gary Kubiak said.

Kubiak told the team Osweiler will start again next weekend when the Broncos (8-2) face the New England Patriots (10-0).

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed for Rams quarterback Case Keenum late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.

St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said the system failed because of a ''combination of unusual events'' and believed that nobody in particular was to blame.

A league spokesman said a review was begun after the game. That review is continuing through discussions with the Rams and their medical staff, the ATC spotter, game officials, NFL medical advisers, and the players' union.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - An MRI confirmed Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Sunday's win over St. Louis.

It's a season-ending injury, so Matt Schaub will start next Monday night against Cleveland.

Flacco and coach John Harbaugh both made their NFL debut in 2008, Flacco as a rookie starter and Harbaugh as a first-year coach. They worked 122 successive regular-season games together through Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court set a March date for oral arguments in the NFL's appeal of a ruling lifting New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the ''Deflategate'' controversy.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan noted the March 3 argument date in the court record. The date occurring weeks after the next Super Bowl ensures no ruling will occur until well after the end of this season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Panthers backup defensive end Wes Horton was suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league also announced injured wide receiver Stephen Hill was suspended without pay for one game for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers hired Dave Roberts, making him the first minority manager in franchise history.

They plan to introduce him at a news conference on Dec. 1.

The 43-year-old former major league outfielder served as bench coach for San Diego the last two seasons. Before that, Roberts was a special assistant in the Padres' front office in 2010 and their first base coach from 2011-13. He served as manager for one game this season after Bud Black was fired.

Roberts' father is black and his mother is Japanese. Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan, where his father served in the U.S. Marines. He becomes the third minority manager in the majors, joining the Washington Nationals' Dusty Baker and the Atlanta Braves' Fredi Gonzalez.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hall of Famer Rod Carew hopes to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.

The 70-year-old Carew told Sports Illustrated he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, California, on Sept. 20. He told the magazine underwent six hours of open heart surgery in which a device that pumps blood was implanted. The device typically acts as a bridge until a heart transplant.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners signed veteran catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract. Iannetta spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and struggled at the plate in 2015, hitting .188 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma confirmed quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a concussion in last weekend's win over TCU, and the fifth-ranked Sooners are optimistic he will be able to play against No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Mayfield took a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Ty Summers early in the second quarter of Saturday's 30-29 win. Mayfield finished the quarter, but didn't play in the second half after acknowledging he had a headache.

Coach Bob Stoops said the Heisman Trophy hopeful successfully went through concussion protocol on Sunday. He will be monitored the rest of the week.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse fired football coach Scott Shafer two days after the team's eighth straight loss.

Athletic director Mark Coyle announced the dismissal and said a national search will begin immediately. Shafer will coach the season finale against Boston College on Saturday.

The Orange (3-8) started the season with three straight wins before going into a tailspin for the second consecutive year.


CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the Top 25 in points and assists.

With his fifth assist against Orlando, James pulled into the elite company of Robertson, who finished with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James needs six points to surpass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 18th place on the career scoring list.

ATLANTA (AP) - Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized for bumping an official, an incident that drew a $25,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended.

The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's loss at Cleveland.


LONDON (AP) - The Davis Cup final is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the ongoing terror alert in Belgium, the International Tennis Federation said.

After delaying the trip by a day, Britain's team flew into Ghent ahead of the three-day final against Belgium, which begins on Friday.


ZURICH (AP) - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally opened cases against the FIFA and UEFA presidents for alleged financial wrongdoing.

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