– Football –
- Chargers – LB Dwight Freeney was limited in Wednesday’s practice after hurting his knee in Sunday’s game…Coach Mike McCoy made it clear in a testy post-practice exchange that he will not provide specifics to update his players’ injuries…C Rich Ohrnberger remains out with a back injury.
- Jets – WR David Nelson missed practice because of a sprained ankle…Coach Rex Ryan said Chargers LB Jarret Johnson is as mean as “a junk yard dog.” They were together with the Ravens.
- Buccaneers – Quarterback Mike Glennon has a mentor in the injured Josh McCown and that’s helped with him going into the starting role.
- Cowboys – Coach Jason Garrett spoke to his player about the team’s stance on domestic violence. He said a player can’t play until an incident has been resolved.
- Raiders – Jon Gruden’s name is coming up, of course, as Oakland starts its search for yet another coach. Gruden is comfortable in his “Monday Night Football” assignment…Owner Mark Davis stirred the pot but saying he might speak with Gruden…The team had its first practice under interim coach Tony Sparano after he replaced Dennis Allen.
- Bills – QB Kyle Orton got his first taste of being the starter this year after starting two games last year. He accused Bills reporters after practice of giving him loaded questions about a struggling EJ Manuel.
- Eagles – RB Lesean McCoy said he’s just not getting it done after rushing for 17 yards against the 49ers. McCoy neglected to throw the banged-up offensive line under the bus.
- Giants – Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. looks to be back from hamstring that has sidelined him this season.
- Ravens – WR Steve Smith unloaded on the Panthers’ front office, his former team, after starring in the win over Baltimore on Sunday. Smith said he was misled by general manager David Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera.
- Texans – J.J. Watt was named the AFC defensive player of the week after returning his first interception for a touchdown. Better yet, he bought his mother a new car.
- Chiefs – QB Alex Smith gets to see his not-so-old-friend Jim Harbaugh when Kansas City plays the 49ers this weekend. Smith once got passed over by Harbaugh for Colin Kaepernick.
- Falcons – Osi Umenyiora sounded as if he wished he never left the Giants. He signed with the Falcons in 2013 and gets to play his former team this Sunday. He had 75 sacks in nine seasons with the Giants; he missed 2008 with an injury.
- Patriots – There was a certain word among the Patriots’ talking points after getting beat but the Chiefs: urgency. The Patriots are (2-2) and having trouble on both sides of the balls.
- Bengals – New England is trying to keep the Bengals from going 4-0 and doing so after their embarrassing showing on “Monday Night Football.” Some Bengals did say they were surprised by New England getting blown out 41-14 by the Chiefs.
– Baseball –
- Giants – Grand slam by Brandon Crawford sets the tone as the Giants beat the Pirates and advance to play the Nationals in the NLDS on Friday…Madison Bumgarner throws a four-hitter and is there another left-hander better than “Bum” not named Clayton Kershaw.
- Pirates – Righty Edinson Volquez gets the loss, after resurrecting his career with 13 wins following his release from the Padres and Dodgers. The carefree Volky was a favorite among the Padres….C Russell Martin could have played his last game in Pittsburgh.
- A’s – Oakland fans are irate over the team’s late-season collapse, capped by Tuesday’s 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Royals. Despite having the majors best record for a good chunk of the season, the A’s were the first team eliminated. It all came in the wake of GM Billy Beane’s controversial trade of OF Yoenis Cespedes.
- Angels – Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, the Halos open the ALDS tonight against the rolling Royals. Jared Weaver pitches for the Angels while another city is making a pitch for the team. Owner Arte Moreno said he’s had talk with Tustin about moving the club if a deal can’t be reached with Anaheim on redeveloping the stadium and the parking lot surrounding it.
- Dodgers – Not only is it the playoffs’ premiere matchup but it figures to be the pitchers finishing 1-2 in the NL Cy Young Award voting when the NLDS opens Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw against Adam Wainwright….Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch, three-inning simulated game on Wednesday with no setbacks, according to the Dodgers.He’s had a sore shoulder.
- Royals – Manager Ed Yost continues to get the last laugh as detractors question his willingness to bunt in Monday’s wildcard win over the A’s…With the long playoff drought over, the Royals bandwagon is filling. Tickets to its home games against the Orioles are the most expensive of the divisional round host cities.
– College Football –
Ohio State – A student who ran on the field during Saturday’s game is losing his scholarship as his case goes through the courts.
- Ole Miss – ESPN’s “GameDay” will be in Oxford, Miss., for the first time as the Rebels battle No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
- Michigan – Coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for quarterback Shane Morris’ return to the game on Saturday. Morris had shown signs of being concussed.…Hoke is not the only one on the hot seat as students protested in front of school president Mark Schlissel’s home regarding embattled AD Dave Brandon.
– Basketball –
- Knicks – F Carmelo Antony said he’s the most NBA’s underrated superstar at team’s training camp.
- Cavaliers – Las Vegas oddsmaker has set the over/under for Cleveland at 58.5.
- Lakers – New coach Byron Scott said those burying the Lakers before the season are doing the team a favor. Scott expects a motivated squad this season.
- Thunder Coach Scott Brooks isn’t shy about proclaiming Russell Westbrook the best point guard in the NBA.
– General –
- Olympian Michael Phelps registered a 1.4 blood alcohol level, almost double the limit of legal intoxication in Maryland. He was arrested Tuesday morning.