sports briefs 11-7


The New York Giants will be minus Michael Strahan for a while. A sprained ligament in his right foot will keep the Pro Bowl defensive end off his feet for at least a week and out of the lineup for two weeks to a month — and possibly longer. Tests on Strahan’s foot revealed a sprain to the Lis Franc ligament, one of the main stabilizers in the middle of the foot.....

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher sprained the big toe on his left foot during a 31-13 loss to Miami and his status for Sunday night’s game against the Giants is undetermined....

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis suffered a season-ending neck injury Sunday that is not expected to require surgery....

Three Tennessee players were suspended following their arrests for disorderly conduct and underage drinking at a nightclub after the Vols’ loss to LSU. Starting tailback Arian Foster, safety Antonio Wardlow and fullback David Holbert, all 20 years old, were charged with disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol. Wardlow also was charged with public intoxication. Authorities said Holbert and Wardlow were fighting each other outside of the Good Fellas nightclub when they were confronted by the police. Foster will sit out the first half of Saturday’s matchup against Arkansas, and Holbert for the game. Wardlow will not play against the 11th-ranked Razorbacks and also is suspended for Tennessee’s game against Vanderbilt on Nov. 18.



Ron Washington was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers after serving as coach of the Oakland Athletics the past 11 seasons. Chosen over four other candidates to replace Buck Showalter.


The same starting five that left the court in Indianapolis with Florida’s first national championship will start this season with the No. 1 ranking. The Gators were the runaway choice in The Associated Press’ preseason college basketball poll — no surprise, since they have everyone back for a run at being the first repeat national champion since Duke in 1992. Florida received 63 first-place votes and easily outdistance North Carolina, which got the other nine No. 1 votes. Third-ranked Kansas will face Florida in Las Vegas on Nov. 25.

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