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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is hit by New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) and New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones can't hold on to a pass as he is hit by New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Curtis Compton) GWINNETT OUT MARIETTA OUT LOCAL TV OUT (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)
Girardi signs four-year extension with Yankees
NEW YORK – Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension to stay with the New York Yankees.
General Manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening in his native Illinois.
New York took care of that quickly, announcing yesterday that he’s signed through the 2017 season.
The 48-year-old Girardi has led the team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons, winning the World Series in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a majors-best 564-408 (.580) since 2008.
Pafko, four-time All-Star, dies at 92
MILWAUKEE – Andy Pafko, a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, died at age 92.
Pafko died Tuesday of apparent natural causes, according to Kraig Pike, the director of the Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman, Mich.
Pafko also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves, and played in four World Series during 17 years in the major leagues.
He was the Brooklyn left fielder in the 1951 National League playoff game when Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning homer, the so-called “shot heard ‘round the world,” flew over his head.
Falcons say WR Jones is lost for season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons said star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
Jones injured his right foot in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets.
The severity of Jones’s injury was confirmed yesterday when he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Smith charged with felony weapons possession
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office said Smith is expected to surrender later this month. The 24-year-old Smith is on an indefinite leave from the team while undergoing treatment for substance abuse following a DUI arrest Sept. 20.
Last month, Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith’s house on June 29, 2012.
If convicted, Smith could face up to four years and four months in jail, the district attorney’s office said.
Browns’ Sandusky refused DUI blood test
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo police said Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky was cooperative but refused to take a blood test when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the 36-year-old Sandusky was pulled over for making an illegal turn at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near downtown Fargo. The director of player personnel for the Browns allegedly crossed over three lanes of traffic to make the turn.
Under North Dakota law, anyone who refuses to take a chemical test is considered guilty of drunken driving.
Sandusky’s father, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Kobe still weeks away from playing
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Although Kobe Bryant said he’s making steady progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, the Los Angeles Lakers’ guard is still a few weeks away from playing in a game.
Bryant is back with the Lakers after a short trip to Germany to get treatment on his right knee, another trouble area for the 35-year-old guard.
Bryant is running with his full body weight on a special treadmill, and he has done light jogging and calf exercises recently.
Driver Kvapil arrested on assault charge
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond following his arrest on charges of assault and false imprisonment.
A statement from the Mooresville Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call from the Kvapil residence on Tuesday. After an investigation, the police said they arrested the 37-year-old Kvapil in connection with a domestic dispute between him and his wife. No further details were provided.
Kvapil, who drives for BK Racing, is currently 31st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.