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Broncos’ Warren on season-ending IR

September 18, 2011

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NFL
The Denver Broncos have given up hope of getting defensive tackle Ty Warren back this season, placing him on injured reserve yesterday. The Broncos had kept Warren on the 53-man roster in hopes he’d return from surgery to repair his torn right triceps by mid-November. But they needed his roster spot to promote running back Jeremiah Johnson from their practice squad with Knowshon Moreno hobbled with a hamstring injury. Warren was the centerpiece of the Broncos’ modest free agency plan, signing a two-year, $8 million deal shortly after his release from the Patriots. He was injured in early August and had surgery a week later . . . Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was charged with assaulting a woman a year ago in Walnut Creek, Calif., the Contra Costa Times reported. The woman said Janikowski used force against her on Sept. 24, 2010, but she did not report it at the time. The paper said Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment. “This incident occurred over a year ago, Sebastian was not arrested, we were aware of this matter and this is not news,’’ Raiders CEO Amy Trask said in a statement. On Monday night, Janikowski tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in Oakland’s opener . . . The Seahawks placed defensive end Dexter Davis (hip) on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Kennard Cox.

NHL
Penguins’ Crosby skates hard at camp Former MVP Sidney Crosby skated alongside his Penguin teammates for about an hour yesterday as the club opened training camp in Pittsburgh. “I went as hard as I possibly could out there,’’ Crosby said. Other than a white helmet indicating he wasn’t to be touched and the rousing ovation he received when he came out of the tunnel and onto the bench, Crosby blended right in. The last nine months have been difficult as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. Though he said it’s “likely’’ he’ll play at some point this season, Crosby remains reluctant to put a timetable on his return. Crosby, 24, plans to participate in every practice during camp except scrimmages, but he’ll be cautious . . . Jarome Iginla’s first skate of training camp lasted less than a half-hour as the Flames captain left the ice because of back spasms . . . The Sabres hired former defenseman Teppo Numminen as an assistant coach.

NBA
Lakers’ Bryant mulling playing abroad Kobe Bryant said he’s still considering playing overseas because an owners’ lockout threatens to sabotage the upcoming NBA season. The Lakers superstar, who was at a youth basketball clinic in Singapore, said he didn’t know if there will be a 2011-12 season. Turkish club Besiktas said in July it was in talks with Bryant’s representatives about possibly playing for the team. At least one team in China has also expressed interest in the 33-year-old Bryant . . . In the WNBA, Nicole Powell scored 19 points, Plenette Pierson had 15, and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever, 87-72, in Newark to even their best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series . . . Candice Dupree scored 29 points and the host Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm, 92-83, to even their Western Conference playoff series at a game apiece.

Tennis
Serbia, France trail in Davis Cup semis Serbia and France won doubles matches in the Davis Cup to trail, 2-1, in its respective semifinals. Defending champion Serbia is hoping that US Open winner Novak Djokovic will be fit enough to help complete a comeback against Argentina in the reverse singles today. Rafael Nadal will try to complete a victory for Spain over France . . . Top-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Russia won her first WTA title, beating Eva Birnerova, 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open.

Miscellany
Four arrested in Pacquiao burglary Four people were arrested after detectives discovered a burglary in progress at the Los Angeles home of champion boxer Manny Pacquiao while he was in his native Philippines preparing for a fight, authorities said. Nothing was taken and no one was home Friday during the midday break-in that detectives witnessed by chance in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The four people, whose names have not been released, were being questioned . . . Besik Kudukhov of Russia defended his freestyle wrestling world title in the 60-kilogram category in Istanbul, beating Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico, 5-0, 1-0. Sharif Sharifov from Azerbaijan overcame Ibrahim Aldatov of Ukraine, 2-0, 1-0, in the 84-kilo category, while Iranian wrestler Reza Mohammad Ali Yazdani defeated Turkey’s Serhat Balci, 4-0, 0-1, 1-0 in the 96-kilo final . . . Defending champion South Africa dazzled in a 49-3 win over Fiji, while Australia’s vaunted backs were smothered in a 15-6 defeat to Ireland in the Rugby World Cup’s first major upset in Hamilton, New Zealand. In the first match, Argentina beat Romania, 43-8. The United States plays Australia Sept. 23.

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