Livestrong drops Armstrong connection
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong's cancer fighting charity has formally dropped him from its name and will officially be known as the Livestrong Foundation.
The move is the latest of several by the charity to separate itself from its founder, who has been stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. The U.S. Anti-doping agency revealed evidence of doping by Armstrong and teammates.
MLB-CY YOUNG AWARDS
Price, Dickey win Cy Young Awards
UNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay's David Price is the winner of the American League Cy Young Award edging Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points for the honor.
Price picked up 14 first place votes in the balloting to 13 for Verlander.
Price won 20 games and posted a season-low 2.56 ERA. His 205 strikeouts were sixth best in the league.
The National League Cy Young Award winner is R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. He got 27 of the 32 of the first place votes to become the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award. Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Washington's Gio Gonzalez finished distant second and third, respectively.
AP source: Hunter agrees with Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — A source familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press free agent outfielder Torii Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical. The 37-year-old Hunter hit a career-best .313 last season for the Los Angeles Angels. He'll be able to fill a corner outfield spot for the AL champion Tigers, taking care of a major offseason priority for Detroit.
In other baseball news:
— Reliever Jeremy Affeldt and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants have completed an $18 million, three-year contract. The 33-year-old left-hander went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances covering 63 1-3 innings this season for the Giants.
Roethlisberger has rib injury too; out vs. Ravens
UNDATED (AP) — It turns out Ben Roethlisberger's (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gurz) sprained right shoulder is just the start of his problems.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's win against Kansas City. Roethlisberger sprained the SC joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern. He says said doctors are concerned the rib could cut into his aorta.
He's already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.
Roethlisberger said there is no timetable for his return.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith went through position work in a non-contact black jersey Wednesday, his status still unclear for Monday night's NFC showdown with the Chicago Bears after he sustained a concussion Sunday against the Rams. Backup Colin Kaepernick (KAY'-pur-nick) is the Niners' Plan B.
— Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's status for this week remains in question because of a concussion. Coach Lovie Smith says Cutler is "feeling a whole lot better," but whether he'll be ready to play against San Francisco on Monday night is another issue.
— Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.
— The New York Jets have signed running back Khalil Bell, who spent parts of the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears. Bell will add depth to their banged-up backfield.
— Jets coach Rex Ryan angrily addressed his players over some anonymous quotes ripping Tim Tebow in a newspaper report, calling the comments "a cowardly thing." Ryan says he has no respect for players who say things to the media without putting their names to their comments.
— Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is giving quarterback Christian Ponder a big vote of confidence. He tells reporters he has "full, 100 percent belief that Christian Ponder's going to be our quarterback heading into the future." Ponder is in his first full season as the Vikings starter.
— The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Omar Gaither and placed linebacker Travis Goethel on season-ending injured reserve. The team announced the move Wednesday to add depth after Goethel tore the ACL in his left knee in last week's loss in Baltimore.
— The Panthers announced they've signed free agent guard Jeremy Bridges to serve as a stop-gap for their struggling offensive line. Carolina surrendered seven sacks during Sunday's 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Even phone calls stop between NHL and union
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the NHL and the locked-out players' association aren't even talking by phone.
With the lockout entering its third month, communications between the fighting sides have come to a halt with no clear sign of what the next step will be or when it will be taken.
After four straight days of negotiations in New York last week, talks broke off angrily Friday night. Discussions resumed on Sunday, solely regarding player contract terms, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.
So far, 327 games — all those scheduled through Nov. 30 and the New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic — have been canceled by the NHL.
Rockets F White still absent from practices
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston rookie Royce White remains absent from the team in a dispute over how the Rockets are helping him confront his anxiety disorder.
The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.
White has yet to play in a game, and did not attend Monday's game against Miami, Tuesday's practice or the shootaround in advance of Wednesday night's game with New Orleans. He says on his Twitter account that the Rockets have been "inconsistent" in helping him.
Vonn out of the hospital
UNDATED (AP) — Lindsey Vonn has been released from a hospital in Vail, Colo., two days after being admitted for intestinal pain.
Vonn's publicist Lewis Kay says in an email Wednesday that she's "feeling much better and "resting comfortably at home." He's not sure when the four-time overall World Cup champion will return to skiing.
Big 12 reprimands Texas Tech coach... ESPN gets Sugar Bowl deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 says it is issuing Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville a public reprimand for his sideline outburst at a graduate assistant during last weekend's win against Kansas.
Tuberville said he has apologized to Kevin Oliver, whose headset and cap were knocked off when the coach pulled on Oliver's headset.
In another college football note, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. A source says it's worth $80 million a year.
3-time gymnastics world champion Memmel retires
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The three-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Chellsie Memmell has announced her retirement. She had attempted another comeback before the London Olympics following a series of injuries, but failed to make it past the qualifier for the U.S. championships. The 24-year-old ends her career with six world medals, including the 2005 all-around gold and 2003 team title, the first ever for the U.S. women.
US ends year with 2-2 tie in Russia
UNDATED (AP) __ Mix Diskerud has given the U.S. soccer a team a thrilling end to 2012.
Playing just his third game for the Americans, the 22-year-old midfielder scored his first international goal on a 20-yard shot 2:50 into four minutes of injury time to give the United States a 2-2 tie against Russia in an exhibition game at Krasnodar, Russia.