Sports briefs for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, at 6:22 p.m.

Celtics recall Melo from Maine Red Claws

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics announced Monday that they have recalled center Fab Melo from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Melo, a 7-foot center, averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 23.4 minutes over five games for the Red Claws. Melo recorded a high of 14 points against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Nov. 25 and recorded a high of 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Nov. 30.

Redskins coach Shanahan says Griffin has mild sprain

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III has a mild sprain of a ligament in the right knee and hasn’t been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns.

Shanahan said the injury is a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the knee, caused when the rookie quarterback was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.

Shanahan says Griffin has mild swelling and is receiving treatment multiple times a day.

“He’s definitely not ruled out for the Cleveland game,” Shanahan said.

The LCL is one of four ligaments in the knee. A Grade 1 sprain typically means the ligament is stretched or has some minor tears.

Slumping Ravens fire offensive coordinator Cameron

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.

Cameron ran the team’s offense since the start of the 2008 season, when current coach Jim Harbaugh replaced Brian Billick. Since that time, the Ravens’ attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team’s defense.

The move came Monday.

Jim Caldwell, who was hired as quarterbacks coach before the season, will assume Cameron’s duties. Caldwell was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.

Baltimore (9-4) scored seven points after halftime Sunday in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for only 182 yards, lost a fumble and was intercepted in the third quarter.

Western Kentucky hires Petrino as football coach

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Bobby Petrino has arrived at Western Kentucky and says he and his wife Becky “consider this coming home.”

Pertino was introduced Monday as the new Hilltoppers’ football coach. The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida’s coach.

Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall as a college head coach. He is looking forward to “building on the standards” that Taggart established.

Petrino was fired by Arkansas in April for a “pattern of misleading” behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and had given $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell’s presence.

Tagliabue bounty ruling coming Tuesday

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will rule Tuesday afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the NFL’s bounty probe, and any potential punishment will be delayed by a week, a person familiar with the decision said.

The delay is designed to give a federal judge in New Orleans the opportunity to rule on pending motions to throw out the suspensions and remove Tagliabue as the appointed arbitrator for the player appeals to the league, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because no rulings have been announced.

The NFL’s decision to delay potential sanctions for four current or former Saints also means linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith may play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.

If the sanctioned players find Tagliabue’s decision palatable, that could finally bring the bounty saga to an end more than nine months after the NFL first made public its probe of New Orleans’ cash-for-hits program. If not, it will be up to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to disqualify Tagliabue or let his ruling stand.

Raiders reinstate McClain, cut Bartell, Schmitt

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain from the suspended list on Monday and cut starting cornerback Ron Bartell in the team’s latest roster shake-up.

The Raiders (3-10) also cut backup fullback Owen Schmitt and promoted cornerback Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad as they plan to get a better look at young players down the stretch of another disappointing season.

McClain had been suspended for two games on Nov. 30 for conduct detrimental to the team after a practice run-in with coach Dennis Allen. McClain did not practice Monday and is not required to return to the team until he meets with Allen, who was in Texas on Monday for his father’s funeral. The team says Allen will discuss McClain’s role with him after he returns.

General manager Reggie McKenzie declined to comment on the moves and Allen will not be available to discuss them until he returns to practice on Wednesday.

But players said the news that Bartell was gone took them by surprise.

49ers suspend RB Brandon Jacobs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs on Monday for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”

The 49ers made the announcement about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, but provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined. It is doubtful he would return for the playoffs.

Harbaugh declined to address Jacobs’ comments, even when asked whether Jacobs was still on the team. He said he was invoking his “fifth amendment” right.

The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while playing in only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1). He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the New York Giants and has called this his “worst” year — though he knew he was joining a crowded backfield that features three-time Pro Bowler Frank Gore as one of the faces of the franchise.

In recent days, he posted a series of photos of himself playing for the Giants — and even a picture of his two Super Bowl championship rings, side by side.

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