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  • Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley is taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured after a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley is taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured after a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley reacts after catching a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Green Bay, Wis. Finley has tweeted that he left the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs after injuring his neck in a game. Finley posted Monday night, Oct. 21, 2013, on Twitter that he was able to walk to and from the shower. He thanked family, friends, teammates and fans for an outpouring of support. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley reacts after catching a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Green Bay, Wis. Finley has tweeted that he left the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs after injuring his neck in a game. Finley posted Monday night, Oct. 21, 2013, on Twitter that he was able to walk to and from the shower. He thanked family, friends, teammates and fans for an outpouring of support. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

  • Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley is taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured after a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1952, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers football player Ray Mathews gathers in a pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. State police say they've found an 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was reported missing because he has dementia and didn't return from a walk. Troopers from the Butler barracks say Raymond Mathews was found Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, 2013. Mathews was a wide receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley reacts after catching a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Green Bay, Wis. Finley has tweeted that he left the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs after injuring his neck in a game. Finley posted Monday night, Oct. 21, 2013, on Twitter that he was able to walk to and from the shower. He thanked family, friends, teammates and fans for an outpouring of support. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

BASEBALL

Red Sox deal minor league OF Hazelbaker to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – The Boston Red Sox traded minor league outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Alex Castellanos.

Hazelbaker spent this season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .257 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 121 games. He was fifth in the International League with 37 steals.

The 26-year-old outfielder from Muncie, Ind., has compiled a .258 batting average with 194 steals, 60 home runs and 247 RBI in 530 games in his five professional seasons after being selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2009 first-year player draft out of Ball State.

Castellanos, who was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Oct. 17, has appeared in 24 games for Los Angeles during the past two seasons, hitting .171 in 41 at-bats. In 615 minor league games over six seasons he has hit .288 with 85 home runs.

NFL

Redskins safety Meriweather’s suspension down to 1 game

NEW YORK – Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather had his two-game suspension cut in half by an appeals officer.

Meriweather was suspended on Monday by the NFL for repeat violations of player safety rules. But hearing officer Ted Cottrell reduced the fine to one game yesterday.

Cottrell is jointly appointed to the position by the league and the players union.

NFL

Freeman banged up, Ponder likely to start

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Josh Freeman has a concussion and Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said he will likely turn the offense back over to Christian Ponder for the game against Green Bay on Sunday night.

Frazier said Freeman showed up to the facility after his first start on Monday night with concussion-like symptoms. Freeman has to go through a battery of tests to get clearance to play again, but Frazier thinks that it will be very difficult for that to happen on a short week.

That means Ponder is back in after losing his starting job a month ago. Ponder started the first three games, all losses for the Vikings.

NFL

Browns switch to Campbell at quarterback

BEREA, Ohio – Browns backup quarterback Jason Campbell will replace struggling Brandon Weeden and start on Sunday in Kansas City.

Coach Rob Chudzinski announced the decision to sit Weeden yesterday. Chudzinski said the choice to go with Campbell was based on “consistency and production.” Chudzinksi said the bottom line is that Campbell, who has made 71 career starts in the NFL, gives the Browns the best chance against the unbeaten Chiefs.

Weeden had played poorly in losses to Detroit and Green Bay. He completed just 17 of 42 passes against the Packers.

Campbell will be the third QB to start for the Browns (3-4) this season. Brian Hoyer made two starts before a season-ending injury on Oct. 3.

NFL

Eagles QB Vick again practices with first team

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went through a second consecutive practice with no setbacks yesterday.

But the injured veteran said he still needs to test out his injured hamstring and won’t know more until tomorrow, as Philadelphia (3-4) continues preparations for the New York Giants (1-6) on Sunday.

Vick, who has missed the Eagles’ last two games after injuring his hamstring in the first half of an Oct. 6 game against the Giants, practiced with the first team.

NFL

Packers’ Finley progressing, seeks more opinions

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said injured tight end Jermichael Finley is making progress in recuperating from a serious neck injury but is seeking more opinions from specialists.

Finley remained in a hospital yesterday after getting hurt in last week’s 31-13 win over the Browns.

Finley posted Tuesday night on Twitter a brief video of him walking down a hospital hall accompanied by three others. His neck appeared to be in a brace.

He was officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

NFL

Falcons’ Jackson practices, says ready to ‘give it a go’

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offense out of their three-game losing streak last week.

It’s looking like Ryan will have more help in Sunday’s game at Arizona.

Running back Steven Jackson, who has missed four straight games with a hamstring injury, practiced yesterday and said he feels ready to “give it a go.” Left tackle Sam Baker, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, also was in full pads.

MOTORSPORTS

NASCAR punishes LaJoie for insensitive tweet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR ordered Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie to undergo sensitivity training for an insensitive tweet.

LaJoie was also placed on indefinite probation yesterday.

NASCAR did not refer to the since-deleted Oct. 15 tweet, but penalized LaJoie for “an insensitive and intolerable communication.” The tweet suggested TSA should conduct a cavity search of a man wearing a turban.

The 22-year-old LaJoie said in a statement “it was an immature and insensitive comment. I’m upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”

LaJoie competes in the NASCAR K&N East Series and ARCA. He is expected to run some Nationwide Series races next season.

ALPINE SKIING

Vonn puts off return from knee surgery for a month

Still recovering from right knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn decided to skip Saturday’s season-opening race in Austria, preferring to return next month.

Vonn has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the last week and made her decision yesterday.

She’ll return at the races in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

Vonn shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming last February.

FIGURE SKATING

Weir retires, joins NBC for Sochi

NEW YORK – Three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retired and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.

Known as much for his outlandish costumes and statements as for his strong skating, Weir spent 16 years in the sport, going to two Olympics. He will begin his broadcasting career on Sunday during the network’s coverage of Skate Canada. Weir won the 2004, ’05 and ’06 titles, and finished fifth at the 2006 Olympics and sixth in 2010.

Joining Weir on NBC’s team for Sochi will be 1998 gold medalist Tara Lipinski, the youngest Olympic figure skating champion when she won in Nagano at age 15, and 2006 silver medalist Tanith Belbin. With ice dance partner Ben Agosto, Belbin came in second at the Turin Olympics.

The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 6.

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