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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who normally throws right-handed, throws a pass with his left hand before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Jets on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Jim Furyk watches his approach shot to the 18th green during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Jets’ Sanchez placed on short-term IR
NEW YORK – Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was placed on injured reserve-designated for return, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks.
Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.
The team announced the move yesterday.
The exact nature of the injury has not been announced, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum.
Geno Smith has started the Jets’ first two games and it appears will continue to be under center while Sanchez is sidelined. Matt Simms and Brady Quinn are the other quarterbacks on the roster.
Cardinals release CB Fleming, promote WR Kelly
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals released cornerback Jamell Fleming and promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad.
Fleming was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, but had fallen to the bottom of the depth chart under the Cardinals’ new coaching regime.
Taylor, a former Arizona State player signed as a free agent, adds needed depth to wide receiver. Arizona had only four wide receivers on its roster before the move and Larry Fitzgerald is listed as questionable for Sunday’s home opener against Detroit with a hamstring injury.
Taylor, originally signed as a rookie free agent by Green Bay in 2011, has spent time on the practice squads of the Packers, New England and San Francisco.
Jags sign WR Ebert, CB Burley off practice squad
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With injuries at receiver and cornerback, the Jacksonville Jaguars turned to their practice squad to fill potential holes against Oakland.
The Jaguars signed first-year receiver Jeremy Ebert and rookie cornerback Marcus Burley off the practice squad yesterday.
To make room for them on the roster, the team waived guard Jacques McClendon and defensive end Chris McCoy. McClendon and McCoy accompanied the team to the West Coast and likely will be re-signed next week.
Ebert and Burley might be needed if receiver Mike Brown (back) and cornerback Alan Ball (groin) can’t play against the Raiders. Both are questionable and considered game-day decisions.
Ebert, a seventh-round pick by New England in 2012, spent the preseason with the Jaguars. Burley, an undrafted rookie signed earlier this year, spent the preseason with the club.
Epileptic Minnesota coach carted off at halftime
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill was taken away on a stretcher at halftime of his team’s game against Western Illinois.
Kill has epilepsy, and he has a long history of game-day seizures. He was lying on the ground, writhing back and forth with medical staff surrounding him, right after the Gophers left for the locker room.
The university had no immediate update on Kill’s condition.
Kill has worked with doctors to bring his seizures under better control with medication, rest, nutrition and exercise, but the stress of a game day is hard to avoid. Kill suffered a seizure in the locker room at halftime last November against Michigan State, his third documented episode during a game at Minnesota since taking over in 2011.
Cowen gets four-year deal with Senators
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with defenseman Jared Cowen on a four-year contract.
Cowen began the 2012-13 season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, getting three assists in three games. He had surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, sidelining him until April when he made his NHL season debut against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 22-year-old Cowen played seven regular-season NHL games last season, scoring one goal. He also played in each of Ottawa’s 10 playoff games against the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, getting three assists and 21 penalty minutes.
Cowen was the Senators’ first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2009 draft.
He played in all 82 games of his rookie season with the Senators in 2011-12, scoring five goals and adding 12 assists
Furyk takes 1-shot lead at BMW Championship
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse than his 59, though it was still enough for him to take a one-shot lead in the BMW Championship.
Furyk three-putted from 30 feet on the final hole yesterday at Conway Farms for a 2-under 69, giving him the lead over Steve Stricker going into the final round. Furyk on Friday finished with a birdie on the ninth hole for a 59, only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot golf’s magic number.
Furyk, winless since the Tour Championship in 2010, was at 13-under 200. Stricker holed out for eagle on the 15th hole and shot 64 to get into the last group.
Tiger Woods, assessed a two-shot penalty after his second round, had a 66 and was four shots back.
Noh leads Web.com Tour finals event
COLUMBUS, Ohio – South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh shot a 1-under 70 in tricky wind conditions yesterday to take a three-stroke lead in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals series.
“Yesterday the wind was hard, but it was really consistent,” Noh said. “It was easier to control the distance because it was consistent. Today the wind was swirling and then came up a little bit and died a little bit. It wasn’t consistent and made things tougher on the second shot.”
Noh had a 10-under 203 total on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
Jim Herman and South Africa’s Tyrone Van Aswegen were tied for second. Herman had a 67, and Van Aswegen shot 68. Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo was 6 under after a 69.
Nadal helps Spain win Davis Cup playoff
MADRID – U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal helped Spain win its doubles match yesterday and capture its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Ukraine.
The world’s No. 2 player teamed with Marc Lopez to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denys Molchanov, 6-2, 6 (6)-7, 6-3, 6-4, giving Spain a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Nadal and Fernando Verdasco won singles matches Friday. Captain Alex Corretja paired Nadal with Lopez, intent on preventing the series from going to reverse singles today.
Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam at the U.S. Open on Monday and still looked fresh despite the travel and playing two straight days. This is Nadal’s first Davis Cup since 2011, and Corretja called Nadal’s commitment to the team critical.
Spain, a five-time champion, extended its unbeaten run on clay to 27 consecutive series.
Kiwis almost capsize in Cup loss to Oracle
SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized in Race 8 of the America’s Cup, allowing defending champion Oracle Team USA to sail away to a 52-second victory yesterday on windy San Francisco Bay.
It was just the second victory of the series for the American syndicate, which has now erased the two-point penalty it was assessed in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year-history of the America’s Cup.
Team New Zealand leads 6-0.
The most heart-stopping moment in the regatta came as the Kiwis tried to tack on Oracle on the upwind third leg. The 131-foot wing sail didn’t pop the right way and the 72-foot catamaran began to tip over, with its starboard hull hanging in the air for several seconds before splashing down.
Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill did a great job of steering clear of Team New Zealand.