Longtime LB Thomas released by Jets
The Jets released linebacker Bryan Thomas, their longest-tenured player, a day before their game at Miami. Cornerback Donnie Fletcher was signed off the practice squad and added to the roster. The Jets also announced that tight end Dustin Keller and fullback John Conner are out with injuries. Thomas missed most of last season with a torn left Achilles’ tendon, but was re-signed to a one-year, $900,000 contract in March. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury the last two weeks. Thomas could be back with the team because he’s still dealing with an injury and is a vested veteran with a guaranteed salary. He is not subject to waivers . Receiver Greg Jennings is questionable for the Packers’ Monday night game against the Seahawks. He missed last week’s game because of a groin injury.
Reds manager Baker still in hospital
Reds manager Dusty Baker stayed in a Chicago hospital, getting another day of treatment for an irregular heartbeat while his team clinched the National League Central title. The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized Wednesday while the Reds were in Chicago because of the heart problem that he’s had for some time. He has missed three games . . . Tigers righthander Max Scherzer has recovered from a fatigued shoulder and is scheduled to pitch the opener in Sunday’s doubleheader against the Twins. His last start was cut short Tuesday night after just two innings because his arm felt weak . . . Cardinals righthander Jake Westbrook, who suffered a strained right oblique Sept. 8, was shut down just a few pitches into his bullpen session. He will be evaluated Sunday . . . Kevin McClatchy, who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007 and is now the board chairman at the McClatchy Company newspaper chain, said in an interview with The New York Times that he is gay. The interview is the 49-year-old McClatchy’s first public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation. No athlete in the four major US professional sports leagues has come out while playing. ‘‘You’re not going to solve any problem until you start a dialogue,’’ he said. ‘‘And there’s no dialogue right now.’’
Beaten Tabor (Kan.) player still critical
A Tabor (Kan.) College football player found beaten and unconscious in McPherson, Kan., nearly a week ago remains in critical condition. Police found 26-year-old Brandon Brown, a 6-foot-3-inch, 280-pound redshirt defensive lineman from Sacramento, Calif., lying near a road unresponsive early Sunday. He was taken to a hospital in Wichita, where he is on life-support. A relief fund has been established for Brown, who has a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter . . . A South Carolina police officer who issued a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was fired after using company equipment to post an account of it on the Internet. Pickens (S.C.) Police Chief Rodney Gregory said in a release that officer Michael McClatchy used a department computer on Sept. 14 to detail what he said happened during the stop. Swinney was clocked going 63 miles per hour in a 35-m.p.h. zone Sept. 3 on the way to his radio call-in show. He was cited for speeding and the officer reduced the penalty to a minimum fine and points, according to Gregory.
UCI doesn’t have Armstrong evidence
The chief of world cycling’s governing body is questioning why American anti-doping authorities have not sent him the file of evidence that prompted them to erase Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid said the United States Anti-Doping Agency had not given the UCI a date to expect the details. ‘‘UCI assumes that USADA have the file, the full file, as they've already made a decision based on it and therefore it’s difficult to understand why it hasn’t arrived yet,’’ McQuaid said.
Lewis leads by two at Navistar LPGA
Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead at 15 under in the Navistar LPGA Classic at Prattville, Ala., while second-round leader and defending champ Lexi Thompson fell five shots behind The 17-year-old Thompson had a 74 to drop into a tie for sixth at 10 under . . . . . . Olympian Matthew Centrowitz edged defending champion Bernard Lagat to win the Fifth Avenue Mile at New York. Centrowitz finished in 3 minutes 52.4 seconds , followed by two-time Olympic medalist Lagat in 3:52.9 . . .. . . In the WNBA, Plenette Pierson had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists as the New York Liberty defeated the Tulsa Shock, 91-74, at Newark . . . Long shot Handsome Mike won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, and My Miss Aurelia took the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing at Bensalem, Pa. . . . Jockey David Amiss won his 1,000th race, guiding Adahai to victory in the $50,000 African Prince Stakes at Suffolk Downs.