Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

RG3: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sits on the cart after he was injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 14, in Landover, Md. Also seen is Trent Williams (71). Officials said on Tuesday that it appears Griffin did not break any bones in his ankle. Photo: Associated Press/Nick Wass

In addition to the latest on the Adrian Peterson case and the Eagles comeback over the Colts, here is a look at the latest sports headlines making news today, Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Union to appeal Rice suspension

Ray Rice is preparing to battle the NFL through the aid of his union.

The NFL Players Association will appeal the indefinite suspension the league handed to the former Baltimore Ravens running back last week. A union spokesman told The Associated Press the appeal is expected to be requested before the Tuesday night deadline.

Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL’s personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, but the ban was increased when videotape of that incident was made public.

Rice was allowed to enter a counseling program instead of facing trial in New Jersey. However, an Associated Press review of domestic assault cases in New Jersey from 2010 through 2013 shows that only 70 of the 15,000 people with domestic violence assault charges adjudicated in state Superior Court were allowed into pretrial intervention.

Hardy’s status unclear

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he isn’t sure if Greg Hardy will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that the team hasn’t considered releasing the Pro Bowl defensive end, who is involved in a domestic violence case.

Rivera says Hardy will continue to practice and attend team meetings, but he won’t make a decision on if he plays until later this week.

Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the ruling.

Drug policy changes close to being finalized

The NFL and the players’ union are close to finalizing the drug policy changes they tentatively agreed upon last week. League and NFLPA attorneys and officials are reviewing the documents and could approve them this week. One key element is how the changes affect players currently under suspension, including Denver receiver Wes Welker’s four-game ban and Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s season-long punishment.

RG3 has no broken bones…Saints’ Ingram has broken hand

An MRI on Robert Griffin III’s dislocated left ankle showed no broken bones. That leaves Washington coach Jay Gruden optimistic the quarterback could return this season. Gruden says Griffin will be in a cast for a few weeks, and then the team will have an idea when Griffin could return.

Without the need for surgery he could return in two months.

In other injury news from NFL Week 2:

  • A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has a broken hand. The person says the timeline for Ingram’s return remains unclear. Saints coach Sean Payton says he’s following his policy of not releasing injury information until the next NFL-required injury report, which for New Orleans this week is Wednesday afternoon.
  • The San Diego Chargers say running back Ryan Mathews has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Coach Mike McCoy won’t say how much time Mathews is expected to miss, other than “he’ll be out for a little bit of time.”
  • The Chicago Bears say cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right triceps Sunday against San Francisco. The Bears left open the possibility of a comeback by placing Tillman on IR with a designation to return.
  • Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno is expected to be sidelined for at least a month with a left elbow injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. Miami has re-signed Daniel Thomas to shore up the position.
  • Jacksonville will be without versatile tight end Marcedes Lewis for six to eight weeks because of an ankle injury. Lewis suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to Washington. Coach Gus Bradley says Lewis could end up on the injured reserve/designated to return.
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians says outside linebacker John Abraham will return to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Abraham left the team last Tuesday after sustaining a concussion in the Cardinals’ season-opening victory over San Diego.
  • Tigers win, Royals keep pace…Nats, Birds win

    The Detroit Tigers continue to lead the American League Central race by 1 ½ games over Kansas City after both teams won on Monday.

    The Tigers have a four-game winning streak after Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning of an 8-6 victory in Minnesota. Cabrera had three hits and scored three times to help Detroit overcome Joe Mauer’s four RBIs.

    Andrew Romine had three hits and two ribbies for the Tigers, who led 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings.

    Like the Tigers, the Royals staged a ninth-inning rally as Lorenzo Cain hit a game-ending single to complete Kansas City’s 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole third and continued home for the tying run in the ninth as Jake Petricka threw a wild pitch. Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 and prolonged the winning rally with a two-out double.

    Kansas moved into a tie with Oakland for the AL’s top wild-card berth, two games ahead of Seattle.

    Elsewhere in the majors:

  • The Orioles are another win from taking the American League East after Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run homer and Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the sixth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the second-place Blue Jays in Baltimore. Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who can wrap up their first division title in 17 years Tuesday versus Toronto.
  • The Washington Nationals reduced their magic number to two for capturing the National League East by downing the second-place Braves 4-2 in Atlanta. Stephen Strasburg struck out seven while allowing just five hits in seven scoreless innings. Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer and scored twice in the Nationals’ third straight win.
  • Matt Kemp drilled a two-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers ripped Colorado 11-3 to move four games ahead of second-place San Francisco in the NL West. The game was tied 3-3 until Justin Turner’s two-run double sparked the Dodgers’ eight-run sixth.
  • The Giants were 6-2 losers in Arizona as Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam and drove in five runs. Wade Miley helped the Diamondbacks send the Giants to their third straight loss by holding them to a run and seven hits in seven innings.
  • The Angels’ magic number to win the AL West is down to three after their No. 3 hitters combined for five RBIs in an 8-1 romp over Seattle. Albert Pujols hit a three-run double before leaving the game with a cramp in his hamstring. Tony Campana took over in the three-hole and added a two-run single to help Matt Shoemaker pick up his 16th win.
  • Phils closer suspended

    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss to Miami in Philadelphia.

    Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward booing fans after allowing four runs in the ninth to blow a save. The gesture caused umpire Joe West to eject him from the game before the two engaged in a heated argument.

    Ryu has cortisone shot

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder and won’t throw for at least four days.

    The team said that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that was done in May.

    Ryu left his start on Friday after one inning, complaining of tightness and pain in his shoulder. He is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season.

    Tanaka says he felt all right after minor league simulated game

    Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said through a translator that he felt “all right” after tossing five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in a simulated game on Monday. Tanaka has been sidelined since July 9 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If the Yankees think he is ready, Tanaka could start against Toronto this weekend during the team’s final homestand.

    Habs going without single captain

    The Montreal Canadiens will play with no permanent captain and four alternates this season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. The Habs lost their last captain when Brian Gionta signed with Buffalo this summer. Gianta’s successor was a subject of intense debate among Montreal fans and media.

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