National Sports Briefs
PHILADELPHIA ó Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has thrown for a second straight day, has not taken part in any practice drills on Friday, and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with the New England Patriots.
Vick, bothered by broken ribs, is one of four Eagles players and one of three key starters who could miss the interconference matchup against the AFC East front-runners at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles (4-6) are in must-win mode to stay in contention for a playoff spot.
DETROIT ó For the first season-and-a-half of his young career, Ndamukong Suh could almost brush off talk about his penalties and fines, saying he would keep doing what was needed to help his Detroit Lions.
After hurting the team with a penalty and ejection on Thanksgiving, Suh now says he has learned his lesson.
“My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable,” the star defensive tackle said in a statement on his Facebook page. “I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand ó by winning.”
The statement appeared on Suh’s page around the same time he was publically chastised by the Lions, one night after being ejected Thursday in a loss to Green Bay for stomping at an opposing player.
“The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection from yesterday’s game was unacceptable and failed to meet the high level of sportsmanship we expect from our players,” the team said. “Ndamukong has made many positive contributions to the Lions on and off the field. We expect his behavior going forward to consistently reflect that high standard of professionalism.”
HAINAN, China ó Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot an 8-under 64 in better-ball play Saturday to give Ireland a two-stroke lead in the World Cup.
McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both from Northern Ireland, had a 21-under 195 total on Mission Hills’ Blackstone Course. Americans Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar (63) were tied for second with Germany’s Alex Cejka and Martin Kaymer (61) and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (61).
LONDON ó Roger Fedreached his 100th career final by beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer could add a few more today. He’s in position to win his 70th title overall and a record sixth at the season-ending tournament for the world’s top eight players.
“It’s obviously a special occasion for me,” said Federer, who will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.
MONTREAL ó Jordan Staal scored with 4:30 left in regulation to tie it for the Penguins, who improved to 3-0-1 since Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup in a 4-3 win over Montreal on Saturday.
Crosby got his eighth point in four games back from concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for the better part of 11 months with an assist on Evgeni Malkin’s goal 21 seconds in.
BRUINS 4, JETS 2
BOSTON ó Chris Kelly scored two second-period goals and Tim Thomas stopped 40 shots to lift Boston to its 11th win in 12 games.
RED WINGS 4, PREDATORS 1
DETROIT ó Valtteri Filppula scored twice and added an assist to lead Detroit to its fifth straight win.
RANGERS 2, FLYERS 0
NEW YORK ó Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots, Carl Hagelin scored his first NHL goal and the Rangers improved on their best home start in nearly 20 years.
LIGHTNING 5, PANTHERS 1
TAMPA, Fla. ó Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Mathieu Garon made 24 saves for Tampa Bay.
SABRES 5, CAPITALS 1
BUFFALO, N.Y.ó Luke Adam scored twice, Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves and Zack Kassian scored his first NHL goal for Buffalo.
ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 2
NEWARK, N.J. ó Michael Grabner snapped a tie with a short-handed goal to help the Islanders pick up their first road win of the season.
AVALANCHE 5, OILERS 2
DENVER ó Stefan Elliott scored his first NHL goal and Semyon Varlamov had 31 saves to lead Colorado.