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Texans’ Kubiak had mini-stroke, out indefinitely

HOUSTON – Texans Coach Gary Kubiak was released from a Houston hospital yesterday after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke during Sunday night’s loss to Indianapolis.

The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack at halftime. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the Texans said they aren’t sure when he’ll resume his coaching duties.

“I’ve been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health,” Kubiak said in a statement released by the team. “Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery.”

Kubiak collapsed on the field and was rushed to a hospital. The Texans blew an 18-point lead without him and the 27-24 setback was the team’s sixth straight loss.

The team didn’t name an interim coach as the Texans prepare for Sunday’s game at Arizona. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, a former head coach for Dallas, took over after Kubiak was taken to the hospital and he ran Houston’s practice on Monday. The Texans will need to figure out who’s calling the plays on offense since that was done by Kubiak.


Packers place TE Finley on injured reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is done for the season after the team placed him on injured reserve.

General Manager Ted Thompson announced the move yesterday. Finley had to be carried off on a stretcher after suffering a spinal cord contusion while being tackled Oct. 20 against the Browns.

Finley has said he plans to return to football. He was having a good year with 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns.


Sheriff: Robbery not motive in RB Miles shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Investigators still don’t know why former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was shot and injured earlier this week.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Miles was not being robbed at the time. The 23-year-old athlete was shot in the arm Monday afternoon at an industrial park on a dead-end street just off Interstate 26 near Irmo. He initially told deputies a man was trying to take his championship rings and money.

Lott said the investigation and statements from Miles led deputies to determine the original story was false. The sheriff said no charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

Miles was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday.


Rangers agree to $3.05M, 1-year deal with C Soto

ARLINGTON, Texas – Catcher Geovany Soto and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $3.05 million, one-year contract, a raise of $300,000.

Texas acquired Soto in a trade from the Chicago Cubs in July 2012. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2008, when he hit .285 with 23 homers for the Cubs.

Soto hit .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in 54 games this season, then became a free agent. While he was a backup to A.J. Pierzynski, Soto became the primary catcher for Rangers ace Yu Darvish the second half of the season.

He became the first of the 168 major league free agents to agree to a big league contract. Cleveland’s Jason Giambi agreed to a minor league deal last week.


Jeter deal leaves Yanks about $80M before tax

NEW YORK – Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year. That leaves leaving New York with about $80 million to spend on the rest of its roster if the team wants to get under the 2014 luxury tax threshold.

Jeter and New York agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year contract. The Yankees’ captain was injured most of this year. He was playing under a three-year contract with a player option for 2014 that wound up being worth $9.5 million and was replaced by the new salary.

The Yankees want to re-sign free agents Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda. They need to fill roster holes after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years.


Estranged wife of ex-pitcher Benson guilty in assault

MARIETTA, Ga. – The estranged wife of a former major league pitcher who also was featured on the VH-1 show Baseball Wives pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapons charges.

Cobb County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Kim Isaza said yesterday that 37-year-old Anna Benson pleaded guilty to being armed with a gun when she went to Kris Benson’s suburban Atlanta home July 7 and demanded $30,000 from him.

Isaza said Anna Benson was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a metal baton at the time.

Kris Benson pitched for the Pirates, Mets, Orioles, Rangers, and Diamondbacks between 1999 and 2010.

A judge ordered Anna Benson to serve 15 years of probation and complete inpatient psychiatric treatment and follow-up care.


Djokovic downs Federer in 3 sets at ATP Finals

LONDON – Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated six-time winner Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2, at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday, improving his chances of overtaking Rafael Nadal in the race for the year-end No. 1 spot.

Playing his first round-robin match at the elite tournament this year, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 18 matches after capturing his sixth title of the season last week in Paris. He beat Federer in Paris in the semifinals.

Djokovic is trying to finish No. 1 for the third year in a row. Nadal, who eased past David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2, earlier yesterday, needs only one more win in London to be guaranteed of the top spot.


Snedeker injures knee in China

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brandt Snedeker injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China.

Snedeker was at a corporate outing at Sheshan International on Monday when he injured himself. He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship and returned home to Nashville. Doctors said he bruised his left tibia and strained the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Snedeker said surgery will not be required. He said his injuries could heal in a couple of weeks, or it might take as much as two months. He is scheduled to play the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California from Dec. 5-8, and the Franklin Templeton Shootout a week later in Florida.

Snedeker missed six weeks earlier this year when he cracked a rib.

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