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Bautista done for the season with hip injury
PHOENIX – The Toronto Blue Jays are shutting down right fielder Jose Bautista for the rest of the season due to a nagging left hip injury.
Bautista has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21 and Toronto Manager John Gibbons said the slugging outfielder will not play the rest of the season to give him more time to heal.
Though Bautista had been improving, a hip specialist recommended he rest two more weeks, leaving just one week left in the season.
Bautista played 118 games this season, hitting .259 with 28 homers and 73 RBIs.
He also had his 2012 season cut short due to wrist surgery.
Cushing signs $55 million extension with Texans
HOUSTON – Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing signed a six-year, $55.6 million contract extension.
General Manager Rick Smith announced the deal yesterday, saying “it’s a big day for the franchise.” The deal includes $21 million guaranteed.
Cushing was in the last year of the deal he signed as a rookie in 2009. The 26-year-old linebacker returned to the field this summer after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of last season. It will keep him with the team through the 2019 season.
The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, he saw limited action in preseason after surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. But the Texans expect him to start in the opener Monday at San Diego.
49ers’ Smith named in lawsuit in alleged shooting
SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was named in a lawsuit by a man who said he was shot during a party at Smith’s house.
In the suit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Ronndale Esporlas said Smith and his former teammate Delanie Walker fired weapons illegally during the party at Smith’s San Jose home in June 2012.
The lawsuit said Smith and Walker were intoxicated on Smith’s balcony when they began firing gunshots in the air while trying to end the party.
Esporlas said he was shot twice in the crossfire between two groups after Walker allegedly fired more shots in the driveway.
Neither Walker nor Smith, who was stabbed at the party, have been charged in the incident. Walker now plays for the Tennessee Titans.
Smith’s attorney declined to comment and a call to Titans spokesman Robbie Bohren was not immediately returned yesterday.
Bailey to miss Broncos opener tonight with ailing foot
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Champ Bailey won’t play in the Denver Broncos’ opener against the Baltimore Ravens tonight because of a sprained left foot.
The 15th-year pro was ruled out yesterday. He hasn’t practiced since getting hurt in a preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 17.
Denver will start Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Bailey’s place alongside right cornerback Chris Harris with Tony Carter getting work at nickel.
Although Bailey was beaten twice by Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in the playoffs, his absence may prove less critical because Joe Flacco is without his top two targets from last season in Anquan Boldin (trade) and Dennis Pitta (hip).
Bailey plans to play against the New York Giants in Week 2.
Jaguars TE Lewis leaves practice with calf injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis left practice early yesterday after re-injuring his left calf.
Coach Gus Bradley said Lewis’s calf “tightened up” early in practice, so team doctors pulled him for further evaluation.
Lewis missed part of training camp and the final three preseason games because of the injury. If he can’t play Sunday against Kansas City, the Jaguars would be really thin at that position. The team has backup tight end Allen Reisner, but Clay Harbor and D.J. Williams were claimed off waiver last weekend.
Also Wednesday, newly added receiver Stephen Burton left practice with cramping issues.
Running back Justin Forsett (toe), defensive tackle Roy Miller (knee), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (allergic reaction) and guard Will Rackley (ankle) also were limited.
Lions’ Ansah recovering from concussion
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions have acknowledged that rookie defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah is recovering from a concussion.
Ansah, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, did not travel for the team’s preseason finale at Buffalo last week. He was believed to have hurt his head after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24. Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t give any details on Ansah’s status yesterday, but he was listed with a concussion on the team’s official injury report later in the day.
Ansah did not practice yesterday, although he did some running off to the side during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.
The Lions open the season against Minnesota on Sunday.
Giants place RB Brown on recallable IR
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants placed running back Andre Brown on the injured reserve-designated to return list.
Brown broke his left leg in the preseason finale on Thursday. He can begin practicing with the team in six weeks and will be eligible to return Nov. 10 against Oakland.
The Giants filled his spot on the 53-man roster Wednesday by signing defensive end Adewale Ojomo from their practice squad for Sunday’s opener at Dallas. Offensive lineman Sam Baker was signed to the practice squad.
Ojomo was on the Giants’ roster last season but only played in one game. He was waived Saturday in the final cut.
Baker spent last season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. He was in the Kansas City Chiefs training camp this summer.
NASCAR bans driver’s girlfriend for slapping rival
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR indefinitely banned a driver’s girlfriend from all events for slapping a rival racer after the Truck Series race Sunday in Bowmanville, Ontario.
NASCAR said yesterday that Kelly Heaphy, driver Mike Skeen’s girlfriend, also was fined $2,500 for slapping Max Papis in the face.
Papis and Skeen had been battling for third in the closing laps of the race until contact between the two on the last lap ruined Papis’s finish. The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure about Skeen during his post-race interview. Heaphy then approached Papis and slapped him.
Papis finished sixth in the road race, and Skeen was 13th.
Thunder guard Liggins accused of domestic violence
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins was arrested after his girlfriend told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.
No charges had been filed by yesterday. Liggins’ attorney, Billy Bock, said the NBA player denies the allegations.
A probable cause affidavit said the woman told police that Liggins punched her at his home Saturday. She says she locked herself in a bedroom, but he kicked in the door, pushed her down and dropped a fan and Xbox on her head.
Liggins was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and other charges that night. The 25-year-old was released after posting $8,000 bail.
Prosecutors didn’t return a message for comment yesterday.
Thunder General Manager Sam Presti noted the seriousness of the allegations but declined comment pending more information.