Monday's Sports in Brief

Monday's Sports in Brief
November 6, 2012, 5:20 am
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Doctors say Colts coach Chuck Pagano is winning his battle with leukemia.

On Monday, Dr. Larry Cripe, Pagano's physician, told The Associated Press that the illness that has sidelined Indy's head coach for more than a month was in ``complete remission.'' Cripe said a morning exam showed Pagano's white blood cell count and bone marrow tests were normal as he prepares to start a second round of chemotherapy.

The doctor explained patients typically undergo three rounds of treatment to wipe out any potentially lingering cancer cells. The second round of chemo is scheduled to start later this week and will last four to six weeks.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Saints safety Steve Gleason was taken to a New Orleans hospital after becoming unresponsive at the Superdome while watching Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gleason suffers from the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He underwent treatment in the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital. His wife reports through the Saints that Gleason is alert and ``doing well.''

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Dismissing speculation that Sean Payton may leave New Orleans because of a glitch in his contract, Drew Brees has no doubt he'll be reunited with the suspended Saints coach in 2013.

``I absolutely believe he'll be back,'' Brees said after guiding the Saints to a 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Payton was suspended for the season by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal. The league has taken issue with a clause in the contract extension he agreed to more than a year ago, which was to have kept him in New Orleans through 2015.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday he does not know if Payton might become a coaching free agent after the season.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew for Thursday night's game against Indianapolis.

Coach Mike Mularkey ruled Jones-Drew out, no surprise since he's wearing a walking boot on his sprained left foot and using a push cart to get around the facility.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs made another round of sweeping changes in an attempt to lift themselves out of a season-long funk.

Coach Romeo Crennel sacked himself as defensive coordinator, and plans to spend more time with the team's inept offense, while cornerback Stanford Routt was waived and defensive tackle Shaun Smith was signed.

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, completed a $26 million, two-year contract, a deal that could be worth up to $30 million if he avoids another significant Achilles tendon injury next year.

The soon-to-be 37-year old had expressed his preference for a two-year deal the past two seasons.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pitcher Bartolo Colon's new $3 million contract with the Oakland Athletics could pay him an additional $1.2 million as a starter.

The AL West champion A's announced Saturday they had reached agreement on a one-year deal with the right-hander, who still must sit out the final five games of his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Cardinals promoted John Mabry to hitting coach as the replacement for Mark McGwire, who told St. Louis he won't return after three seasons and appears headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 42-year-old Mabry, whose 14 major league seasons included three stints with St. Louis, and was assistant hitting coach last season.

PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL and the players' association stuck to their word and made quick plans to get back to the bargaining table.

After all-day negotiations Saturday, the sides agreed Monday to resume talks on Tuesday in New York. Both sides said the discussions over the weekend were good, creating some optimism that perhaps a deal could soon be reached to save the already truncated hockey season.

The NHL and union hadn't met since Oct. 18 when each side turned down offers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is hopeful injured quarterback Collin Klein will be available for Saturday's game at TCU.

The Heisman Trophy candidate was hurt during the third quarter of the No. 3 Wildcats' 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Snyder did not discuss the nature or severity of the injury, but all indications point toward a possible concussion.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules, and will miss Saturday's game against No. 17 UCLA.

Cougars coach Mike Leach declined to say why Wilson was suspended, although he said the punishment would last at least a week.

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA issued flopping warnings to Minnesota's JJ Barea and Cleveland's Donald Sloan, the first two under a new policy designed to end the act.

Barea threw his upper body backward after contact while defending Sacramento's Jimmer Fredette in the fourth quarter Friday. Sloan tumbled wildly to the court a few feet from contact after a pick set against him by Chicago's Nazr Mohammed on Friday.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won their opening matches at the ATP finals, setting up a showdown between two of the top three players in the world.

The top-ranked Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-3 in Group A, hours after third-ranked Murray rallied to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic and Murray will play Wednesday.

CYCLING

GENEVA (AP) - Olympic road race champion Alexandre Vinokourov is being investigated for allegedly bribing a rival to fix a race, becoming the latest of cycling's big names to be threatened by the ongoing fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair.

The International Cycling Union pledged to open a probe into revived allegations that the London Games gold medalist from Kazakhstan paid off his opponent in a two-man breakaway to ensure he won the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic.

OBITUARIES

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN radio announcer Jim Durham, who called NBA games for the network, died. He was 65.

ESPN said that Durham died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, Texas. A cause of death was not announced.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died of pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 82.

HORSE RACING

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Havre de Grace sold for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, fetching the highest price for a horse since 2008.

The 2011 Horse of the Year was bought by Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm. The 5-year-old mare was from Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm.