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Sports briefs for Sept. 16, 2013

By Joe McLaughlin, BDN Staff

Patriots receiver Amendola may need surgery

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola has torn adductor muscles in his hip and may need surgery, according to Fox Sports.

Earlier reports indicated that Amendola would miss two to six weeks with a sports hernia injury. The latest report that the injury is in the muscle that connects the pelvis and the thigh bone is slightly different but the timetable for recovery is the same.

However, Amendola could return in less than a month if he does not need surgery.

Amendola injured his groin in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 16. After missing the Patriots’ final two preseason games, he aggravated the injury late in the second quarter of the regular-season opener last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. He had 10 catches for 104 yards.

The former St. Louis Rams receiver has a history of injuries, having missed 21 of the past 34 games.

About two dozen protest Redskins name at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. — About two dozen members of various American Indian tribes stood in the rain outside the stadium before Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field, protesting Washington’s use of the team name “Redskins.”

Chilly and wet conditions likely kept away many of those planning to demonstrate, organizer Clif Morton said. But he added that he hoped the group’s location, at a corner along Washington’s bus route to the stadium, would garner attention including that of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who has vowed to never change his team’s name.

“Mr. Snyder thinks that he’s in control of more than he’s in actual control of,” Morton said. “The people will speak on this issue, more and more people.”

A Green Bay Packers spokesman said the group had been granted permission this past week to hold its demonstration on team property.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on a Washington radio show this past week, saying that “if one person is offended, we have to listen” to suggestions the name should be changed.

“We’re trying to get the attention of Dan Snyder,” said Ken Munson, a demonstrator who described himself as a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. “We’ve gotten the attention of Roger Goodell.”

Morton said a group of about 170 gathered Friday at an all-day forum in Green Bay to discuss the issue, adding that he hoped for as large a number outside Lambeau. On Sunday, the protesters held signs and distributed flyers describing what Morton called a “racist legacy.”

Rainy BMW Championship set for Monday finish

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The BMW Championship was heading for a Monday finish after torrential rain swept across Conway Farms Golf Club on Sunday, forcing final-round play to be suspended for three-and-a-half hours.

With standing water affecting fairways and greens on the par-71 layout, the siren sounded at 10 a.m. to halt the action at the FedExCup playoff event after only 36 players in the field of 70 had teed off.

Play eventually resumed at 1:31 p.m. but with the final pairing of overnight leader Jim Furyk and second-placed Steve Stricker scheduled to start the final round at 4:10 p.m., there was no chance of the tournament ending on Sunday.

It will mark the third unscheduled Monday finish on the PGA Tour this year, the most since 2010 when three tournaments also spilled over into an extra day.

In all, 22 tournaments have been delayed by weather on the U.S. circuit this season, including the first three FedExCup playoff events.

Conditions are expected to remain cloudy and wet for the rest of Sunday, though the rain has been forecast to taper off later in the day.

Ronaldo highest-paid soccer player in world

Cristiano Ronaldo signed a contract extension with Real Madrid that will pay him $23 million per year, according to The Independent.

The new contract makes Ronaldo the highest-paid soccer player in the world.

Ronaldo’s deal was set to end after next season, but he will remain with Madrid for five more years.

After Madrid signed former Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale to a record six-year, $132 million deal, Ronaldo was able to renegotiate his contract.

Bale and Ronaldo scored in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Villareal on Saturday.

Nebraska drops out of Top 25

Nebraska fell out of the Associated Press top 25 media poll after losing to UCLA on Saturday.

The poll was released Sunday.

The Cornhuskers held an 18-point lead over the Bruins before falling 41-21 and dropping out of the poll. UCLA benefitted by climbing up from 16th to No. 13. Nebraska was 23rd before the loss.

Alabama held on to the No. 1 spot after its 49-42 shootout victory over Texas A&M. The Aggies fell from sixth to No. 10.

The Crimson Tide received 59 out of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Oregon got the other top vote. Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford rounded out the top five.

Ole Miss made the biggest jump in the top 25 by moving four spots to No. 21 after beating Texas 44-23.

TCU fell out of the top 25. The Horned Frogs were 24th last week.

Gomez beats the Brownlees to take third world title

LONDON — Javier Gomez won his third triathlon world title when he outsprinted defending champion Jonathan Brownlee in a gripping finish to the series finale in sodden London on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Spaniard, third in the standings entering the final race, took full advantage of an ankle injury that foiled world champion Alistair Brownlee’s hopes of a repeat triumph on the same course that he lifted the Olympic gold 13 months ago.

However, he still had to deal with younger brother Jonathan, the man he edged for Olympic silver last year and an opponent he knows inside out after seasons of fighting it out for the podium slots.

He did so, but only after a gripping duel over the final 10km run, which ended with Gomez pipping the home favourite on the line.

His winning time of one hour 48.16 minutes, was a second ahead of Brownlee, with another Spaniard Mario Mola finishing third in 1:49.10 to also finish third in the overall standings.

“It was a great race, I hid behind Jonathan and got away and now I’m a three-time world champion,” said Gomez, who also triumphed in 2010 and 2008 and was runner-up last year.

“Jonathan was running very fast but it was the last race of the year and I had to give it my all. Today it was a bit tactical in the run and luckily I had a bit more in that last 200 meters.”

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