NFL: Romo out for rest of season
December 28, 2013 10:59 AM

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo’s season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.

Coach Jason Garrett said Romo had back surgery Friday, and Kyle Orton will start when Dallas faces Philadelphia on Sunday night with the NFC East title and a postseason berth on the line.

• LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year contract extension with kicker Robbie Gould through the 2017 season. The Bears announced the deal Friday.

Gould has converted 86 percent of his attempts in his career and ranks as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history behind Mike Vanderjagt (86.5 percent) and Nate Kaeding (86.2 percent).

He has hit 26 of 29 field goals this season, including a franchise record 58-yarder against Cincinnati in the season opener.

Thunder star has knee surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.

Westbrook will miss at least 27 games.

Coach Scott Brooks said Reggie Jackson, who is averaging 12.5 points, will start. Jeremy Lamb will also see increased playing time in Westbrook’s absence.

Ibanez signs deal with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The 41-year-old Ibanez batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners last year. He hit his final homer of the season at Angel Stadium on Sept. 21, tying Ted Williams’ record for the most homers by a 40-and-over player.

• ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo has officially joined the Texas Rangers, a team that went into this offseason looking to remake its offense.

The 31-year-old South Korean was introduced Friday, and general manager Jon Daniels called him a “right fit” for the club.

Choo received a $130 million, seven-year contract. That deal was agreed upon last weekend, pending the completion of a physical.

He has a .288 career average and .389 on-base percentage in 853 major league games for Seattle (2005-06), Cleveland (2006-12) and Cincinnati.

Djokovic advances to finals

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Novak Djokovic overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to enter the final of the Mubadala Championship for the third time in three years, but he won’t be facing top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic beat Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in 74 minutes to set up a repeat of last year’s final against David Ferrer, who knocked out Spanish compatriot Nadal 6-4, 6-4 with breaks in the last game of each set, in 90 minutes of quality tennis.

Earlier, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray won his first match following a three-month layoff for a back injury when he beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.

Also, Roger Federer is adding Stefan Edberg to his team, part of a recent trend of top tennis players hiring ex-stars as coaches.

Federer, owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, said Friday on Facebook that six-time major champion Edberg “agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open.”

The Federer-Edberg announcement comes a little more than a week after Djokovic hired Boris Becker as a coach.

Murray already had been working with Ivan Lendl.

Michigan standout has surgery

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan star Mitch McGary is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.

Coach John Beilein announced McGary’s status Friday, the day before the Wolverines were scheduled to host Holy Cross. McGary missed the first two games of the season because of the injury. In eight games since then, he’s averaged 9.5 points.

The 6-foot-10 McGary did not play in Michigan’s 68-65 win over Stanford last weekend.

McGary says in a statement that his back problems have been a daily challenge since late August, and that he thought things were moving in the right direction until the last two weeks.

Michigan says there is no timetable for McGary’s return, although the medical staff expects a full recovery.

Kuck wins at speedskating trials

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Jonathan Kuck is heading back to the Olympics.

That wasn’t enough reason to take a gulp of champagne.

Kuck dominated the men’s 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials Friday night, then popped a bottle of bubbly on the victory stand. While third-place finisher Patrick Meek was eager to take a swig, Kuck got a whiff of the bottle and passed.

High school senior Emery Lehman finished about 6 seconds behind Kuck in the 12ᄑ-lap race, tiring noticeably at the end of the grueling event but hanging on to claim the second of three expected spots on the Olympic team.

On the women’s side, Jilleanne Rookard claimed her second straight trip to the Olympics with a commanding victory in the 3,000, coming back from couple of poor seasons that left her wondering if she wanted to keep skating. She actually walked away from the sport less than a year ago, taking four months off before returning to the ice.

Rio hotels costly for World Cup

SAO PAULO (AP) — Football fans heading to Brazil for the World Cup will pay almost 50 percent more for hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro than sports fans descending on the city for the Olympics two years later.

That’s because FIFA’s official accommodations agency isn’t capping the maximum room rate, unlike Olympic officials.

Industry studies show that hotel rates in Rio offered by FIFA agency MATCH Services will cost on average $150 more than those offered by hotels contracted directly through the local Olympic organizing committee for the 2016 Games.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo’s season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.
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