NFL: Falcons’ Jones could be done
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets.
Jones, the NFL leader with 41 catches, did not get encouraging results from a visit with doctors Tuesday morning, coach Mike Smith said.
Jones was to see a foot specialist today in Charlotte, N.C., for a second opinion. Jones ranks second with 580 yards receiving.
• NEW YORK (AP) — Quarterback Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, possibly also signaling the end of his New York Jets career.
The surgery on the torn labrum was performed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, the team announced on Twitter and its official site. Sanchez, who hasn’t played since being injured in the third preseason game, says in a statement that he was advised by Andrews and other doctors to have surgery.
• INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the rest of this season after opting for neck surgery.
A person with knowledge of Bradshaw’s medical options confirmed the decision, requesting anonymity because the Colts have not yet made the decision public.
Manager, GM to stay with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are getting another chance with the Los Angeles Angels.
Scioscia and Dipoto confirmed that they will be back with the Angels next year despite the club’s worst season in a decade.
Hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return in 2014.
Scioscia has spent 14 seasons in charge of the Angels, and he has five years and about $27 million left on the richest managerial contract in the sport.
• LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp was scheduled to undergo cleanup surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder, a procedure that was planned before the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger was shut down for the postseason because of a sprained left ankle.
Kemp will begin rehabilitation in a few days and is expected to be ready for spring training.
Bryant back with Lakers
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant rejoined the Lakers after having a procedure on his knee performed overseas earlier this week.
Bryant sat on the bench Tuesday night as Los Angeles beat Denver 90-88. He received an ovation when he walked onto the floor in sweats during warm-ups. Bryant, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, was not made available to the media but reported progress in an in-house television interview.
“It’s going well,” Bryant said. “I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.”
Lynx top Dream in Game 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of their second title in three seasons with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who lead the best-of-five series 2-0.
Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but she made just 5 of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night.
Game 3 is on Thursday night in Georgia.