Falcons say Julio Jones is lost for season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons say star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
Jones injured his right foot in Monday night's loss to the New York Jets.
The severity of Jones' injury was confirmed on Wednesday when he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Anderson repaired Jones' broken right foot before his 2011 rookie season.
The loss of Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week.
Receiver Roddy White hurt his hamstring in the loss and missed Wednesday's practice.
McCoughtry, Dream in tough spot vs. Lynx
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Nothing has come easily for Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream against the Minnesota Lynx.
Game 3 could be just as tough.
Minnesota, which won each of the first two games by 25 points, might have somewhat of a homecourt advantage when Lynx forward Maya Moore returns Thursday to the Gwinnett Arena.
The Dream were forced to move this elimination game to the northeast suburbs because of an ice skating show at their home court, Philips Arena.
Coach Fred Williams says the Dream needs their fans to counter a homecoming for Moore, who led Gwinnett-based Collins Hill High School to state titles at the Gwinnett Arena from 2005-07.
McCoughtry, the WNBA's two-time defending scoring champion, has averaged just 28 percent from the field in four games against Minnesota this year.
NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBE
Georgia-based agent arrested in NC agents probe
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.
An unsealed indictment states that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson with 13 counts of providing cash and travel accommodations to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction for not providing records sought by authorities.
Watson was arrested Wednesday morning, released on a $50,000 secured bond and will have his first court appearance in the afternoon.
All three former UNC players are in the NFL.
The law requires agents to register with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office and prohibits offering gifts to entice athletes to sign representation contracts.
Potter, Shirley each US Women's Mid-Amateur final
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Stroke-play medalist Julia Potter and Margaret Shirley advanced to final Wednesday in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Biltmore Forest.
The 25-year-old Potter, a recently reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind., beat Tara Joy-Connelly of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Canada's Stefi Markovich 3 and 2 in the afternoon semifinals.
The 27-year-old Shirley, from Roswell, Ga., beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals, and rallied to edge four-time champion Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., in 19 holes in the semifinals. Against Stasi, Shirley took the last two holes in regulation with pars and won with a birdie on the first extra hole.
The tournament is limited to players 25 and older.
Allmendinger to run IndyCar finale for Penske
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger will race in the IndyCar season finale for Penske Racing.
Allmendinger will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Izod in the Oct. 19 race at Fontana, Calif.
It was the site of Allmendinger's comeback last year. Team owner Roger Penske had Allmendinger attend the IndyCar season finale as his guest during his NASCAR suspension for failing a random drug test.
Allmendinger was re-instated by NASCAR shortly after, and Penske has entered him in five other IndyCar races this season, including the Indianapolis 500.
Allmendinger led 23 laps at Indianapolis and was out front when he had to make an unplanned pit stop because his seat belt came undone. He still finished seventh.
ACC seeing its share of 1-sided games so far
UNDATED (AP) — Forgive the fans in the Atlantic Coast Conference if they're leaving games a bit earlier than usual so far this season. With the way many of the matchups have gone, they may as well try to beat the traffic.
Down-to-the-wire games have been tough to find in the ACC. Conference teams have played 56 games, and 44 of them have been decided by at least 10 points.
Florida State hasn't played a game decided by fewer than 14 points. Maryland's four wins came by an average of 28 points, and its one loss was by a whopping 63. Clemson's only nail-biter was in the season-opener against Georgia.
Virginia Tech is the exception to the league rule, going 3-0 so far in games decided by no more than nine points.
Freshmen playing critical roles on SEC defenses
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Any teams wanting to capitalize on the suspect Southeastern Conference defenses should get their shots in now.
Defenses were hit hard by the NFL draft and have turned to promising freshmen to fill vital roles.
Thirteen of the 20 SEC players selected in the first two rounds of the draft were defensive standouts. Now, nearly all the contenders for the SEC title have at least one defensive starter just out of high school.
They're learning on the job, and the lessons have been difficult.
Georgia has had five freshman defenders start games this season and the seventh-ranked Bulldogs are allowing a league-worst 32.2 points per game.
Still, several SEC freshmen have had an immediate impact. Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions.
Created: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:17:05 EST
Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:17:05 EST