NFL: ’Skins owner defends nickname
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said respect goes both ways when it comes to the debate over his team’s nickname.
The man who ultimately gets to decide whether the name stays or goes offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday in a letter to season-ticket holders, the first time he has addressed at length the change-the-name campaign that has picked up momentum this year.
The tone of the letter suggested that no change is under consideration.
WR Jones out for rest of year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons’ fears were confirmed when a second medical opinion found star wide receiver Julio Jones’ foot injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
Coach Mike Smith said Jones will have surgery Monday, but the Falcons still did not release details of the injury.
Jones, the NFL’s leading receiver, injured his right foot in Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets.
• GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews will miss at least a couple weeks with a thumb injury. McCarthy said that Matthews may have to play with a cast when he returns. He says it could be “multiple weeks” overall.
Texans stick with QB Schaub
HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Schaub has managed to keep his starting job, and the beleaguered Houston quarterback vowed to turn things around this week.
“I need to be better,” he said, “and I’ll be the first to admit that.”
Houston coach Gary Kubiak said that Schaub would start on Sunday against St. Louis, but added that staying with him wasn’t an easy choice.
“It was a tough decision — real tough,” Kubiak said. “But I feel like it’s the best thing for our football team this weekend.”
Schaub has had a terrible three weeks. He has thrown six interceptions — three of them returned for touchdowns — and the Texans have dropped three straight.
Vols, Hokies to play at Bristol
UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is still in the works.
The speedway holds 150,000. The NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
Bryant unsure of return date
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Although Kobe Bryant is making steady progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, he’s still a few weeks away from playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant is back with the Lakers after a short trip to Germany to get treatment on his right knee, another trouble area for the 35-year-old guard. He sat on Los Angeles’ bench for an exhibition game Tuesday night, and he’ll travel with the team to China later this week.
But the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history isn’t committing to any return date until he gets in shape and figures out how his legs will hold up when he’s back in uniform.
• LOS ANGELES (AP) — Free agent Lamar Odom pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in connection with his arrest in August. Odom didn’t appear in court for the arraignment and his attorney entered the plea on his behalf. A pretrial hearing was set for Nov. 8.
Odom remains free on $15,000 bail. He could face six months in jail if convicted.
Kvapil charged in dispute
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond following his arrest on charges of assault and false imprisonment.
A statement from the Mooresville Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call from the Kvapil residence on Tuesday. After an investigation, police said they arrested the 37-year-old Kvapil in connection with a domestic dispute between him and his wife.