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49ers activate WR Manningham, waive CB Asomugha
SAN FRANCISCO – Wide receiver Mario Manningham is back for the San Francisco 49ers, activated yesterday from the physically unable to perform list and available for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.
The 49ers, 6-2 and riding a five-game winning streak following the bye week, also waived cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and activated cornerback Eric Wright from the reserve/non-football injury list.
Manningham made 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown in 12 games and 10 starts last season before injuring his left knee in a loss at Seattle Dec. 23. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments.
He has been practicing for two weeks and the Niners had until Tuesday to decide whether to add him to the 53-man roster from the PUP list.
Winslow back with Jets after 4-game suspension
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. returned to the New York Jets’ facility after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Winslow said yesterday that he’s still unsure why the positive test occurred, but thinks it was possibly for allergy medication he took. He insists that he doesn’t take “illegal stuff.”
He adds that he opted to serve the suspension immediately rather than appeal because he wanted to be sure he would be available to the team for the second half of the season.
Winslow, who was the team’s leading receiver before the suspension, says he was a bit disappointed by a decrease in playing opportunities but is optimistic about being productive after the team returns from its bye week next Monday.
Bengals put Atkins on IR; Bilukidi’s deal voided
CINCINNATI – The Bengals put defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve yesterday, four days after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The All-Pro lineman was hurt during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. Atkins led all NFL interior linemen with 12½ sacks last season and led the Bengals with six this season.
Cincinnati tried to replace him by signing defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, a sixth-round pick of the Raiders last year. The deal was later voided by the NFL because Bilukidi didn’t have a work permit from Canada to keep playing in the United States.
Also, the Bengals filled the open spot on their practice squad by signing rookie linebacker Bruce Taylor.
Cabrera voted top player by peers
NEW YORK – Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera won his second straight player of the year award in voting by his fellow major leaguers.
Cabrera followed his Triple Crown season of 2012 with another impressive year. He led the American League with a .348 average and had 44 homers and 137 RBIs, both second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis. Cabrera edged Davis and the Angels’ Mike Trout for the honor.
Retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was voted Marvin Miller man of the year for excellence on and off the field, and Rivera was also picked as the AL’s comeback player of the year, notching 44 saves after missing most of 2012 with a knee injury. Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano was selected the NL’s comeback player.
For the second consecutive year, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won NL outstanding player. Cabrera was selected AL outstanding player.
Other awards last night went to Detroit’s Max Scherzer (AL outstanding pitcher), the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (NL outstanding pitcher), Rays outfielder Wil Myers (AL outstanding rookie) and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (NL outstanding rookie).
Orioles decline option for 2B Casilla
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles declined a $3 million contract option for second baseman Alexi Casilla, making him a free agent.
Monday’s move means Casilla receives a $200,000 buyout.
Casilla hit .214 with a homer and 10 RBIs in 61 games in his first season with Baltimore, which claimed him off waivers from Minnesota in November 2012.
The 29-year-old switch-hitter is a career .248 hitter in eight years in the majors. He also has 80 steals in 91 chances.
Giants decline 2014 contract option for Vogelsong
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants declined to exercise their $6.5 million option for right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, but are expected to continue negotiating with him about a contract for 2014.
Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2-3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand during the procedure at Stanford, performed by orthopedist Dr. Tim McAdams.
Vogelsong won 13 and 14 games, respectively, the previous two seasons. He is due a $300,000 buyout.
The Giants already declined options Saturday for lefty Barry Zito ($18 million) and outfielder Andres Torres ($3 million).
Northwestern apologizes for uniform misconception
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern is apologizing for any misconceptions about uniforms it plans to wear against Michigan next week.
The Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for the red, white and blue when they host the Wolverines on Nov. 16 to honor the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports wounded service members. The Under Armour jerseys with the stars and stripes will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to the Project.
The uniforms show what to some look like blood stains on a flag. Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said yesterday it’s a “distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time” and apologized “for any misinterpretation.” He added Boston College used a similar design last year.