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  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Noak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Noak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Noak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Noak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner watches the game clock during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner watches the game clock during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Long) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures as he reacts to a line call while he plays Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures as he plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Noak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov.  12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
  • Noak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Tennis singles final match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner watches the game clock during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

NFL

Bills’ Jackson ruled out with concussion

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills Coach Chan Gailey said running back Fred Jackson was diagnosed with a concussion and was ruled out from playing against Miami Thursday.

Gailey made the announcement yesterday, a day after Jackson was hurt in a 37-31 loss at New England.

Gailey said tests confirmed Jackson had a concussion after the player wasn’t feeling well on the flight home.

Jackson was hurt in the final minute after taking a blow to head while being tackled by linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Jackson’s absence means co-starter C.J. Spiller will handle most of the duties while being backed up by Tashard Choice.

The Bills (3-6) have lost five of six and face a short week in preparing to host their AFC East rival Dolphins (4-5).

NFL

Chiefs place DE Dorsey on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH – The Kansas City Chiefs placed defensive end Glenn Dorsey on injured reserve with a calf injury and added defensive back Neiko Thorpe to the 53-man roster.

Dorsey played in just four games this season. He injured his left calf in practice in September and missed four games, then injured his right calf during a 31-13 loss to the Chargers on Nov. 1. The former first-round draft pick finishes the season with seven tackles and no sacks.

Thorpe made the Chiefs this summer after signing with the club as an undrafted rookie free agent. He played on special teams during a 9-6 loss to the Ravens last month, and was on the practice squad when he was promoted before Kansas City faced the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.

NFL

Refs acknowledge missed call on Broncos touchdown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver’s Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown.

In the second quarter of Denver’s 36-14 win, the Broncos’ returner raced up the sidelines and appeared to score. Replays showed Holliday prematurely celebrating the TD by flipping the ball out of his hands before crossing the goal line.

Replay official Bob Boylston confirmed the touchdown and, as a result, referee Alberto Riveron did not stop the game for an instant replay review.

The NFL said yesterday in a statement “Boylston should have stopped the game to initiate an instant replay review” and “the result of the play should have been a touchback – not a touchdown – with Carolina gaining possession at the 20 yard-line.”

NFL

Turner comes to struggling Rivers’s defense

SAN DIEGO – In the wake of another come-from-ahead loss, Coach Norv Turner brushed aside any notion that the San Diego Chargers would consider sitting mistake-prone quarterback Philip Rivers.

Turner, who has limited running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Robert Meachem after they made crucial mistakes, said Rivers gave the Chargers a chance to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Chargers lost, though, in large part because Rivers threw a pass straight to cornerback Leonard Johnson, who returned it 83 yards to give Tampa Bay a 10-point lead in a game it would win 34-24.

Rivers has committed 15 turnovers this season and 40 in the last 25 games.

San Diego (4-5) is two games behind Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. The Chargers visit Denver on Sunday, and a loss would seriously damage their playoff chances. San Diego has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

NFL

Steelers release rookie NT Ta’amu

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with troubled rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and added wide receiver David Gilreath to the 53-man roster.

Ta’amu was chosen by the Steelers in the fourth round of the NFL draft but has yet to play in a game. He was suspended two weeks without pay last month following a run-in with police in the city’s South Side neighborhood that resulted in more than a dozen charges, including multiple felonies.

Ta’amu was reinstated on Oct. 30 but remained on the inactive list. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court date last week and apologized for his actions while expressing hope he would remain with the team.

Gilreath spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad.

The Steelers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs last night.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Leach denies abuse allegations

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State football Coach Mike Leach denies his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson.

Wilson made the allegations in a letter he released Saturday in which he quit the team and also complained that the coaching staff would “belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.”

Leach said during his regular meeting with reporters yesterday: “There is no truth about it at all.” He described Wilson as a disgruntled player.

Asked if there had been any actions by coaches that could be construed as abuse, Leach replied: “No, no, no. Next question.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Player out of hospital after near-fatal injury

HOUSTON – A University of Houston defensive back checked out of the hospital, six days after taking a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds the heart.

A statement from the university said cornerback D.J. Hayden was discharged from Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston yesterday afternoon. UH athletics spokesman David Bassity says Hayden and his family won’t be available for comment immediately.

Team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said the senior was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital after the collision last Tuesday. Hayden was rushed into immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Cardinals’ Perry out for the season with torn ACL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville running back Senorise Perry will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

The No. 20 Cardinals’ top rusher and Big East Conference touchdowns leader sustained the injury during Saturday’s 45-26 loss at Syracuse, Louisville’s first this season.

The junior from Summerville, Ga., rushed for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns as part of Louisville’s two-pronged running attack. Junior Jeremy Wright is second on the team with 680 yards and Coach Charlie Strong said yesterday he will now get additional carries.

Freshman Corvin Lamb, who caught a 53-yard touchdown pass against Syracuse but has rushed just twice for minus-1 yard this season, will back up Wright.

The Cardinals have a bye this week and host Connecticut on Nov 24.

TENNIS

Top-ranked Djokovic tops Federer to win ATP finals

LONDON – Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to beat Roger Federer, 7-6 (6), 7-5 yesterday in the championship match at the ATP finals.

Federer broke Djokovic’s serve to take a 2-0 lead in the first set, and then again to open to the second set, but the top-ranked Serb rebounded each time.

It was Djokovic’s second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai.

Federer had been looking for his record seventh title.

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