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NFL

Buccaneers S Goldson suspended one game

NEW YORK – Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.

The suspension was imposed yesterday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks. Goldson can’t practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers’ game on Sunday against New England. He can return to football activities with the team next Monday.

The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season. Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area against the New York Jets.

NFL

Seattle’s Okung not expected to play vs. Jaguars

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said left tackle Russell Okung is unlikely to play on Sunday against Jacksonville after suffering a toe injury against San Francisco.

Carroll would not give specifics on the severity of Okung’s injury yesterday. He said the team is still awaiting more information before coming to a determination on how long they’ll be without their Pro Bowl lineman.

Okung was injured on the final play of the first quarter on Sunday night, following a 60-minute weather delay. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson fell forward in a pile for a 2-yard gain on a 3rd-and-2 run.

Okung walked off the field with a limp and was taken by a cart for further tests at the stadium.

He returned to the sideline and went through some footwork drills, but ultimately spent the rest of the night on the sideline as a spectator.

NFL

Clady could miss game for first time

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos might not have to wait long to see if Chris Clark is worth every penny of the two-year contract extension he signed yesterday – he could be protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside this weekend.

All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady hurt his left foot in the waning minutes of the Denver Broncos’ 41-23 win over the New York Giants Sunday, and there’s a possibility he could miss a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career.

Coach John Fox said yesterday the team was still evaluating Clady’s “left foot sprain.”

Baseball

Helton ready to leave game after 17 seasons

DENVER – The usually stoic Todd Helton became a little emotional at his official retirement ceremony before the game last night against St. Louis.

His days of grabbing his glove and sauntering out to first base for the Colorado Rockies are quickly dwindling after deciding to call it a career following this season.

Helton has more homers than Hank Greenberg, more RBIs than Johnny Mize and a higher career batting average than Eddie Murray.

All those first basemen are in the Hall of Fame.

Helton will find out in five years if he’s done enough over his 17-year career to merit consideration.

The 40-year-old Helton remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.

Baseball

Hernandez not returning to Mariners rotation yet

DETROIT – Felix Hernandez is not ready to return to Seattle’s starting rotation.

Hernandez, who has been bothered by an oblique strain, threw a bullpen session yesterday in Detroit, but the Mariners say Hisashi Iwakuma will start against the Tigers tomorrow night, followed by James Paxton on Thursday. Erasmo Ramirez is slated to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Hernandez is expected to throw another bullpen session Thursday.

Pitching coach Carl Willis says Hernandez felt fine physically yesterday but is a little erratic. He has not pitched since Sept. 2.

Motorsports

Montoya leaving NASCAR to drive for Team Penske

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving NASCAR for a return to IndyCar, where he’ll drive for Chip Ganassi rival Roger Penske.

The Colombian agreed to join Team Penske next season as a teammate to current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves and Will Power. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal.

The move could be seen as a betrayal by Montoya against longtime team owner Ganassi.

Ganassi decided in August he was not bringing Montoya back to his NASCAR program next season. But he and Penske are fierce rivals in IndyCar, and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon is currently locked in the championship battle with Castroneves.

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