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Sports briefs for Jan. 20, 2014

By Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Yankees’ Jeter resumes baseball activities

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed baseball activities Monday by hitting off a tee in a batting cage and fielding 108 grounders at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

Jeter, 39, is coming off a season in which he batted just .190 in only 63 at-bats with eight runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs over 17 games.

He spent four stints on the disabled list last year and missed 145 games, mainly recovering from a broken ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs.

“I don’t think about it, and that’s a good thing,” Jeter said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s good to have a normal offseason and get some work in. Everything is normal now.”

49ers fear Bowman has ACL, MCL damage

The San Francisco 49ers fear that linebacker NaVorro Bowman has ACL and MCL damage to his left knee, according to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

A preliminary assessment of Bowman’s knee after Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game suspected an ACL injury, coach Jim Harbaugh said.

An MRI had not been conducted as of Pro Football Talk’s report.

Bowman was injured midway through the fourth quarter after stripping Seahawks running back Jermaine Kearse of the ball near the goal line. Bowman appeared to have possession of the ball as he fell to the turf with Kearse on his leg, but the Seahawks were given back the ball at the San Francisco 1-yard line.

A mild to moderate MCL injury can heal without surgery. A more serious injury could cause Bowman to miss at least part of the 2014 season.

Game streak for Canucks forward to end Tuesday night

Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin is scheduled to miss Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers because of bruised ribs, and that will end his streak of 679 consecutive games played.

Assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed on Monday that Sedin will not play on Tuesday, and he is listed as day-to-day.

The last time Sedin, 33, failed to play in a game was March 19, 2004. His iron-man streak is the sixth longest in NHL history, and is the second-longest active streak, behind St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who is at 683 games and counting.

Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks this season with 40 points (nine goals, 31 assists) in 50 games, just one point more than his twin brother Daniel Sedin.

Cowboys’ Witten, Giants’ Rolle named to Pro Bowl

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will replace Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos on the Pro Bowl roster while New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle was also named, replacing Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Julius Thomas and Earn Thomas are playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in Meadowlands, N.J.

The Pro Bowl is Sunday in Honolulu.

Witten made 73 catches for 851 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. He has played in 171 consecutive games.

Rolle started all 16 games, registered 98 tackles and making six interceptions.

Rolle has one more year left on his deal with the Giants. He accounts for a $9.25 million salary cap figure.


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