Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

ANGELS: Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols is congratulated by Kole Calhoun after Pujols hit a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Price in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 8, in Cleveland. Calhoun and Mike Trout scored on the play. Photo: Associated Press/Tony Dejak

In addition to Ray Rice being cut by the Ravens, the wins by the Lions and Cardinals, and the U.S. Open, here is a look at the other big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Union chief disturbed by Rice video

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the video showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in February was “disturbing to watch.”

Smith says the union has an “unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included. It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.”

Houston loses top pick to injury…Newton to start Sunday for Panthers

Sunday’s Titans win over Kansas City was costly for both teams.

Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons. Johnson went down without getting touched near the end of the first half. Early in the second half, DeVito went down at nearly the same spot on the field.

Titans linebacker Zach Brown suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the game and coach Ken Whisenhunt says it’s a potentially season-ending injury.

Elsewhere around the league:

  • The Texans have lost No. 1 NFL overall pick Jadeveon (juh-DAY’-vee-ihn) Clowney for 4-6 weeks after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The defensive lineman was injured late in the second quarter in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins.
  • Defending NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis is expected to miss the Colts’ entire season after tearing an Achilles tendon during a private workout last week in Atlanta, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press.
  • Running back LaMichael James has been released by the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Jim Harbaugh announced the move, a day after his team’s 28-17 win at Dallas. James had just two carries for no yards against the Cowboys on Sunday.
  • Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will start the team’s home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback was held out of Carolina’s win on Sunday at Tampa Bay with fractured ribs. Backup Derek Anderson stepped in and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory.
  • Weaver wins 16th…Kershaw wins 18th

    Jered Weaver has become the American League’s first 16-game winner in the Angels 12-3 win over Cleveland. Weaver improved to 16-8, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. The AL West leading Angels hit four home runs in the game. Kole Calhoun and David Freese connected in the six-run fifth inning and Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the ninth. The Angels have won three in a row.

    In other baseball:

  • The Angels now have a whopping eight-game lead in the AL West. That’s because the Chicago White Sox beat the reeling Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tyler Flowers’ walkoff home run in the 12th inning. Flowers had tied the game with a homer in the ninth.
  • Clayton Kershaw is baseball’s first 18-game winner. The L.A Dodgers left-hander allowed three hits and one earned run in their 9-4 win over San Diego. Kershaw reduced his major league-best ERA to 1.67, striking out eight in eight innings.
  • Torii Hunter had two of his three hits in a six-run third inning and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 9-5 to move within a game of the American League Central-leading Royals.
  • AL East-leading Baltimore blanked Boston 4-0. Nelson Cruz had a pair of hits and Miguel Gonzalez took a shutout into the seventh inning to improve to 9-7. The Orioles’ lead is now 10 games with 20 to play.
  • Brad Miller drove in three of Seattle’s runs in the Mariners’ 4-1 win over Houston. Miller’s two-run triple in the eighth inning broke a tie for the Mariners.
  • Pac-12 punishes USC athletic director

    The Pac-12 Conference has fined Southern California athletic director Pat Haden $25,000 for coming down to the field at Stanford Stadium on Saturday and confronting game officials. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement that Haden’s conduct was inappropriate.

    Haden, who is also a member of the new College Football Playoff committee, jogged onto the field after getting a text message from a member of USC’s staff during the Trojans’ 13-10 win over Stanford. He held an animated discussion with officials on the sideline between the third and fourth quarters.

    Penn State reinstated by NCAA

    The NCAA has lifted the rest of the sanctions placed on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban. The Big Ten school was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA last year rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions against Penn State.

    In a news release, the NCAA says that in addition to the postseason ban being lifted, Penn State will be allowed to have the full complement of football scholarships in 2015.

    Jones leaves Mustangs

    June Jones has resigned as SMU’s coach after the Mustangs scored only one touchdown in losing their first two games.

    Leigh Steinberg, the coach’s agent, said in a tweet that Jones had felt for some time that he had accomplished his mission to turn around the SMU program and needed a break.

    Jones was in his seventh season with the Mustangs, with a record of 36-43.

    Former PC, NBA, ABA star Barnes dead at 62

    Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, who led Providence College to the Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association, has died at 62.

    Kevin Stacom, a college teammate and one of Barnes’ closest friends, told the Providence Journal on Monday that Barnes died at a home in Providence. The cause of death was not known, but Barnes had battled drug addiction for years.

    “Marvin will always be remembered as one of the greatest Friars of all-time,” Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll said in a statement released by the school. “He will forever be linked with coach (Dave) Gavitt’s amazing team that reached the 1973 Final Four.”

    The 6-foot-9 Barnes was the second pick in the 1974 NBA draft but opted for the rival ABA and won rookie of the year in 1975 after averaging 24 points and 15.6 rebounds.

    Barnes went to the Detroit Pistons in 1976 before bouncing between the Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers. His last season in the NBA was in 1980.

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