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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Hoyer to start at QB for Browns this week

BEREA, Ohio – Browns third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota in place of Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb last week.

Cleveland decided to go with Hoyer over more experienced backup Jason Campbell. The veteran came in for one series in the fourth quarter against Baltimore after Weeden injured his thumb when he banged it on a teammate’s helmet while making a pass. Campbell has 71 career starts.

Hoyer made one start with the Cardinals last season. He spent the three previous seasons in New England as Tom Brady’s backup.


Starks to start at RB for Packers against Bengals

GREEN BAY, Wis. – James Starks will get the start at running back Sunday for the Packers against the Bengals with rookie Eddie Lacy recovering from a concussion.

McCarthy named Starks the starter after practice yesterday. Starks ran for a career-best 132 yards last week against the Redskins.

Lacy left that game in the first quarter following a head-first tackle by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. Later, Meriweather left the game with his own concussion on a similar play trying to take down Starks.

McCarthy said Lacy will undergo further testing this week.


Broncos lose Clady for season with foot injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos placed Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve after the Pro Bowl left tackle hurt his left foot last weekend.

Clady will soon undergo surgery to fix his foot.

To fill Clady’s spot, the Broncos brought in veteran tackle Winston Justice.

Chris Clark is expected to step in for Clady, who’s never missed a start since being a first-round pick in 2008 out of Boise State.


Tom Coughlin’s brother, John, passes away

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The younger brother of New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin died unexpectedly on Monday night.

The Giants announced yesterday that John Coughlin of Hackensack died at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was 63.

There was no cause of death listed, but a funeral home handling the arrangements said the death was unexpected.

John Coughlin had lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years, working in harness racing. He owned and operated Coughlin’s Stables at the Meadowlands and was a former member of both the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.


Mayweather fight judge stepping away from ring

LAS VEGAS – A veteran Nevada boxing judge who drew widespread criticism for scoring the title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a draw said she’s stepping away from the ring, at least temporarily.

Cynthia “C.J.” Ross told the Associated Press yesterday that she’ll take time away from judging fights.

The 64-year-old Ross lives outside Las Vegas. She’s been judging fights for 22 years.

She scored Saturday’s world junior middleweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena a 114-114 draw, but Mayweather won a majority decision after two other judges scored him the clear winner.

Nevada boxing regulators generally backed Ross, although state Athletic Commission Chairman Bill Brady told reporters the panel could have looked more closely at Ross’s selection before the Mayweather-Alvarez fight.


Heat’s Chris Andersen cleared of wrongdoing

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Heat forward Chris Andersen was the victim of a wide-ranging internet hoax that resulted in a raid of his Denver-area home last year, his lawyer said yesterday, and prosecutors confirmed Andersen was cleared of wrongdoing in the “extremely complex” case.

Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District, told the Associated Press that the office is reviewing a 4,000-page report before charging decisions are made, but added that “based on the information that we have been able to obtain and analyze, we are not pursuing charges against Chris Andersen.”

Andersen’s lawyer and agent, Mark Bryant, said his client was duped by a woman in Canada who sought a relationship and gifts and who threatened a female acquaintance of Andersen’s in California while impersonating the tattoo-covered fan favorite known as “Birdman.”

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