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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

GRIZZLIES WIN: Memphis Grizzlies forward Jon Leuer (30) shoots against Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 17, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 119-93. Photo: Associated Press/Brandon Dill

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Tuesday, Nov. 18.

SAINTS SAFETY BUSH HAS FIBULA FRACTURE

A person familiar with the injury says New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush has a fractured fibula in his right leg which will likely be surgically repaired. The person says it remains unclear if Bush will have to miss the rest of the season.

Receiver Brandin Cooks will also be out after suffering a broken thumb. His agent said Cooks had surgery today and his recovery time is four to six weeks.

Also from the NFL:

  • Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says his team could be without starting linebackers Karlos Dansby and Jabaal Sheard for the remainder of the season after both sustained significant injuries during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. Dansby hurt his left knee on a running play in the second quarter, and Sheard suffered a foot injury.
  • An MRI has confirmed that Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has a sprained knee ligament. Coach Jay Gruden says Williams is “day to day,” but that rookie Morgan Moses will be ready to take over if the two-time Pro Bowl player can’t play against San Francisco.
  • Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects 2013 Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert to play in the team’s next game Nov. 30 against the Minnesota Vikings. Tolbert has spent the last eight games on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a hairline fracture in his left leg, but is eligible to return against the Vikings.
  • HEYWARD HEADS TO ST. LOUIS

    The Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer. The deal ends Heyward’s tenure with his hometown team and lands a young pitcher to bolster Atlanta’s rotation. Heyward was due to make $7.8 million next season and then become eligible for free agency.

    The 25-year-old Heyward never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.

    Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cardinals, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA as a rookie in 2013.

    GRIZZLIES THRASH ROCKETS

    The Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets entered Monday’s NBA schedule with identical 9-1 records, tops in the league. The Grizzlies easily managed to break that tie as Memphis had seven players score in double figures for a 119-93 thumping of the Rockets. Mike Conley led the way with 19 points, Courtney Lee finished with 15 points, while Zach Randolph added 14 for the Grizzlies.

    The Rockets had been allowing a league-low 89 points a game before surrendering that many to the Grizzlies by the third quarter.

    In other NBA action:

  • Philadelphia is 0-10 after Matt Bonner had 18 points in San Antonio’s 100-75 laugher against the 76ers. Tim Duncan finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes, while Cory Joseph added 14 points to the rout.
  • Portland picked up its fifth consecutive win by outscoring New Orleans 34-13 in the fourth quarter of a 102-93 triumph against the Pelicans. Damian Lillard scored 24 points and seven assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 10 of his 22 points in the final period to help the Trail Blazers improve to 8-3.
  • Chicago was a 105-93 winner at the Los Angeles Clippers as Jimmy Butler delivered 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Taj Gibson finished with 20 points and Joakim Noah grabbed 16 rebounds for the 8-3 Bulls.
  • Mario Chalmers scored 22 points and Miami ended a three-game skid by downing Brooklyn 95-83. Chris Bosh ended his shooting slump and added 15 points and nine rebounds while Dwyane Wade sat out a third straight game with a strained left hamstring.
  • Tobias Harris scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of Orlando’s 107-93 triumph against Detroit. Nikola Vucevic finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic.
  • GATORS FALL TO MIAMI

    Eighth-ranked Florida has absorbed its first loss of the men’s basketball season.

    Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points, including a huge 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in Miami’s 69-67 comeback win against the Gators. The Hurricanes scored 48 points in the second half to overtime a 15-point deficit.

    Eli Carter led the Gators with 21 points, including 16 in the second half.

    Also on the top-25 schedule:

  • Seventh-ranked Louisville crushed Jacksonville State 88-39 as Montrezl Harrell scored 15 points in just 24 minutes. Freshman Terry Rozier dropped 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting and Chinanu Onuaku added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals.
  • Kris Jenkins had 15 points to lead No. 12 Villanova to an 81-44 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Daniel Ochefu, Darrun Hilliard and Dylan Ennis each scored 10 points for the 2-0 Wildcats.
  • No. 13 Gonzaga rolled over 22nd-rated SMU 72-56 as Kevin Pangos shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range while scoring 17 points. Domantas Sabonis added 13 points to the win.
  • NOT MANY CHANGES IN AP BASKETBALL POLL

    The first AP regular-season men’s basketball poll looks similar to the pre-season version. Kentucky kept the top spot despite struggling for a half against Buffalo, earning 49 first-place votes from the 64-member national media panel. Arizona was at No. 2 and earned four first-place votes, with No. 3 Wisconsin receiving seven and No. 4 Duke four.

    No. 7 Louisville and No. 8 Florida swapped spots in the only change in the top 10. Kansas was fifth, North Carolina sixth, with Virginia and Texas closing out the top 10.

    Harvard, tied for No. 25, dropped out after losing to Holy Cross.

    EX-RANGER LEADS LIGHTNING’S GARDEN PARTY

    New York Rangers fans had seen Ryan Callahan put together multi-goal games before Monday, but never against their team.

    Callahan scored twice in his return to Madison Square Garden as Tampa Bay whipped the Rangers 5-1. He put the Lightning ahead 2-0 with a power-play goal late in the first period and capped the scoring with 2:51 remaining.

    Callahan was facing the Rangers for the first time since he was traded to Tampa Bay last March.

    Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assists as the Lightning won for the eighth time in 10 games and improved to 13-4-2.

    BODE MILLER WILL UNDERGO BACK SURGERY

    U.S. skier Bode Miller will have back surgery that will keep him out until at least January. The 37-year-old missed the start of the World Cup season because of a herniated disk, which he said has been bothering him since a fall at the World Cup Finals last March.

    While training in Copper Mountain, Colorado, last week, Miller said he was hoping to manage the pain any way possible and avoid surgery at all costs.

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