NFL-THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Bills end skid
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn't pretty, but the Bills managed to beat the AFC East-rival Dolphins 19-14 last night on Buffalo's home field.
The Bills much-maligned defense held Miami to just 184 yards of offense.
Buffalo's offense wasn't much help, stalling numerous times in the red zone and settling for four field goals by Rian Lindell. The Bills only TD came on a 79-yard punt return by Leodis McKelvin .
The victory snaps a three game losing streak and boosts the Bills to 4-6, same as the Dolphins. They are tied for second in the division race, two games behind New England.
Harbaugh's status up in the air
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers expect their coach to be back with the team today, but they don't know how much he'll be able to contribute to preparations for Monday night's NFC showdown with Chicago. Jim Harbaugh underwent what the team describes as a "minor procedure" yesterday, aimed at correcting an irregular heartbeat.
Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely oversaw team meetings and the afternoon practice on Thursday and will be interim coach if Harbaugh isn't able to return to the sidelines for the Bears game.
Knicks' road test continues
UNDATED (AP) — One night after facing and beating a one-loss team in San Antonio, the unbeaten Knicks face the same task tonight in Memphis. The Grizzlies have run off six straight wins after losing their season opener. New York is off to a 6-0 start.
Also tonight in the NBA, the 1-8 Detroit Pistons will be hunting a second straight W when they face a visiting Orlando club that's lost five in a row after a 2-0 start, Philadelphia is home to Utah, Dallas plays at Indiana, Minnesota hosts Golden State, New Orleans entertains Oklahoma City, Portland is home to Houston, Atlanta visits Sacramento and the L.A. Lakers host Phoenix.
Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee) was introduced as the Lakers' new head coach yesterday but isn't expected to be on the bench until Sunday's game against the visiting Houston Rockets. He's still on crutches after recently undergoing knee surgery. The Lakers have won two of three under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff and are 3-5 on the season
Bears meet Buffaloes in South Carolina
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor's basketball team will be the first of seven Top 25 teams to take the court today. The 16th-ranked Bears take on revenge-minded Colorado in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic (12:30 p.m. Eastern). Baylor knocked the Buffaloes out of last season's NCAA tournament in the round of 32.
The Bears beat Boston College 84-74 yesterday and Colorado advanced with a 67-57 win over Dayton.
MVP awards handed out
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967 is the American League MVP while National League honors go to the 2010 NL rookie of the year.
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera hit .333 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs while helping the Tigers to the AL title. The veteran third baseman was listed first on 22 of 28 ballots, beating out rookie of the year Mike Trout of the L.A. Angels.
San Francisco's Buster Posey picked up 27 of 32 first-place votes after batting an NL-best .336. His 24 home runs and 103 RBIs were also career highs. Posey missed most of the 2011 season with a fractured bone in his lower left leg and three torn ankle ligaments suffered in a home-plate collision. He is the first catcher in four decades to win the NL award.
Last year's winner, Ryan Braun of the Brewers, is this year's runner-up.
Bettman floating 2-week break from talks
TORONTO (AP) — Negotiations had already hit a wall in the ongoing hockey labor fight, and now the NHL has suggested the sides take an official two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman floated the idea of a break to players' association executive director Donald Fehr (feer). The union hasn't responded to the league yet.
The hockey lockout is entering its third month.
GOLF-HONG KONG OPEN
Not a good week for No. 1
HONG KONG (AP) — Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open. The top-ranked golfer in the world followed up Thursday's 3-over 73 with a 72 that was capped with a double-bogey on 18.
Michael Campbell is the leader by a stroke after holing a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 6-under 64. The 43-year-old golfer is 9-under as he tries to end a seven-year winless drought.
Round 2 today in the Sunshine State
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Round two of the LPGA's season-ending tournament is under way. Norway's Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn), rookie of the year So Yeon Ryu and fellow South Korean Sun Young Yoo began the day sharing a three-stroke lead after shooting 6-under-par 66s in yesterday's opening round.
Cristie Kerr was one of four players carding 67s.
Fellow American and LPGA player of the year Stacy Lewis needs to win the Titleholders to have any chance of capturing the money title. She is coming off a 2-under 70.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
PRAGUE (AP) — Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic will play David Ferrer (feh-REHR') of Spain in today's opening singles match of the 100th Davis Cup final.
Sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') will face Nicolas Almagro in the second singles match on an indoor hard court in Prague.
The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.
TENNIS-HALL OF FAME SUSPENSION
Sexual abuse claims cost Hewitt
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been suspended from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. This comes after an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused girls he coached, and his legacy has been stripped from the institution.
Hall of Fame CEO Mark Stenning tells The Associated Press that the Hall's executive committee voted unanimously to suspend Hewitt indefinitely