Sports briefs for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

The Associated Press
Posted Nov. 12, 2012, at 5:04 p.m.

Eagles QB Vick has ‘pretty significant’ concussion

PHILADELPHIA — His head pounding and his play erratic, Michael Vick’s time could be up in Philadelphia.

Once considered the long-term answer at quarterback after a sensational 2010, Vick’s already uncertain future with the Eagles was placed further in doubt Monday after he was diagnosed with a “pretty significant” concussion.

Vick was concussed in Philadelphia’s loss to Dallas on Sunday and looked groggy in the locker room. Coach Andy Reid told Vick to stay home Monday and rest. Out of respect to the former Pro Bowl quarterback, Reid even reiterated Vick is still the starter, if healthy — but left wiggle room to change his mind.

Because there are more medical tests still to be administered, Reid could not immediately rule out Vick for Sunday’s game at Washington. Reid, though, made it sound quite positive that rookie Nick Foles will make his first career start.

“I’ve got confidence that Nick will do a nice job, if given that opportunity,” Reid said. “Listen, I get excited for every game, but if the kid has an opportunity to start, I’m excited to see him play.”

Foles will take the first-team snaps when the Eagles return to practice on Wednesday. Foles was 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception in relief of Vick. Those numbers weren’t enough to help the Eagles avoid their fifth straight loss, a first in Reid’s 14 seasons.

College football playoff to have 6 games, not 7

DENVER — The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group five conferences that includes the Big East.

The tweak to the postseason format that will start in 2014 was made Monday during a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents.

In September, a proposal was put forth to add a seventh game to the format that would match the best team from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12.

But ultimately that plan was dumped, and instead an automatic spot was created to give those conferences access to the top games.

Bronc rider from Missouri killed at Vegas rodeo

LAS VEGAS — A Missouri man died after being critically injured during the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Rodeo officials said J.D. Jones, 25, of Goodman, Mo., died after an accident at the saddle bronc riding competition Saturday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of J.D. at this difficult time,” rodeo officials said in a statement. “J.D. was a favorite of the rodeo because of his passion and respect of the sport and he died doing something he loved.”

According to rodeo spokeswoman Perse Hooper, Jones got stuck after his foot slipped through a stirrup. The horse fell on him and eventually had to be euthanized for internal bleeding and a broken pelvis, she said.

It was Jones’ first time competing in the national finals, which were held Nov. 6-10 at the South Point resort, Hooper said.

Last week’s competition was the 37th annual Indian National Finals Rodeo. Competitors must prove Native American heritage and typically win regional rodeos before advancing to the national event.

It was the first time in the event’s history that a competitor has died, Hooper said, adding that the organization is investigating whether changes can be made to make the rodeo safer.

Lance Armstrong cuts formal ties to Livestrong

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped of his titles. The International Cycling Union, which had originally supported Armstrong’s fight, later agreed to wipe out Armstrong’s record seven victories.

Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Monday that Armstrong “remains the inspiration” and is still its largest donor with nearly $7 million over the years.

In a statement, new board chairman Jeff Garvey said Armstrong resigned from the board to spare the organization any negative effects resulting from the controversy surrounding his cycling career.

Panthers fire special teams coach Brian Murphy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy on Monday became the latest casualty of Carolina’s disappointing season.

Coach Ron Rivera announced the Panthers (2-7) fired Murphy one day after Carolina surrendered a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Trindon Holliday in Sunday’s 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Rivera said he has promoted assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers to coordinator. Rodgers, in his first season in Carolina, was a college teammate of Rivera’s at Cal.

Rivera said the decision was made because of “philosophical differences and productivity.”

Earlier this year, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired general manager Marty Hurney after the team lost its fifth straight game. Hurney has yet to be replaced, but the team has hired former New York Giants GM Ernie Accorsi to serve as a consultant to lead the search for Hurney’s replacement.

Yahoo apologizes after fantasy site goes down

Yahoo Sports is apologizing for a site outage that left thousands of fantasy football players complaining of last-minute lineup problems and possible lost money on an NFL Sunday.

Ken Fuchs, head of entertainment, sports and games at Yahoo Inc., emailed players early Monday to apologize for problems with the site and its mobile apps.

Fuchs says the outage started about one hour before the first games kicked off, which he calls “awful timing.”

Yahoo said Monday afternoon on its fantasy football Twitter account that the website was back up, but users were still unable to make lineup changes on mobile apps.

Players enraged about the outage took to Twitter, Facebook and Reddit on Sunday and Monday to express their displeasure, some saying they planned to switch platforms as a result.

Vonn admitted to hospital with undisclosed illness

VAIL, Colo. — Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to a hospital in Vail with an undisclosed illness.

Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, had no other updates on the U.S. skier’s condition Monday.

The four-time World Cup overall champion skipped a slalom competition in Finland last weekend to prepare for upcoming races in Aspen. She also had a promotional event lined up for last Friday in Vail, but had to cancel because she was sick.

Vonn recently requested to compete in a men’s downhill race, only to be rejected by the International Ski Federation. She was hoping to enter the men’s race Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alberta. Had she been allowed to compete against the men, Vonn would’ve missed the two races in Aspen because they take place the same weekend.

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