Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained right shoulder, and his status for Sunday's home game against Baltimore is uncertain.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger

has sprained right shoulder

Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Monday night with his sprained right shoulder in a sling. When he walks back in ready to play is anybody’s guess.

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Of the Steelers’ quarterback, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said, “He is being evaluated. Obviously this injury puts his participation in the questionable category for this week.”

Roethlisberger was pounded into the ground by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime victory.

ESPN reported Roethlisberger also suffered a rib injury on the play and said the team’s staff was told “it doesn’t look like you’re going to have Ben this week.”

Pittsburgh (6-3) plays two games in the next three weeks against AFC North leader Baltimore (7-2). Byron Leftwich is the Steelers’ backup quarterback.

Grand jury dismisses charge

against Vikings’ Peterson

A grand jury in Houston dismissed a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge against Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, 27, after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowl selection and other witnesses.


Jackson says phone call

from Lakers ‘seemed slimy’

Los Angeles Lakers officials discussed the team’s coaching vacancy with Phil Jackson, who guided the team to five championships, last weekend but decided to hire Mike D’Antoni, previously coach of the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns.

Jackson, 67, got a phone call near midnight Sunday to tell him he wasn’t the Lakers’ choice to replace the fired Mike Brown.

“I wish it would have been a little bit cleaner,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. “It would have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that’s involved. It seemed slimy to be awoken with this kind of news. It’s just weird.”

Bernie Bickerstaff, an ex-Sonics coach, is 2-1 as interim coach of the Lakers, who lost 84-82 at home to San Antonio on Tuesday.

Knicks beat Magic, rise to 5-0

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as the New York Knicks won 99-89 in Orlando.

The Knicks (5-0), the lone unbeaten team in the league, are off to their best start since going 7-0 to begin the 1993-94 season.

Portland ends skid at 4

Rookie guard Damian Lillard scored 22 points as Portland won 103-86 in Sacramento, ending its losing streak at four games.

Stern discusses revenue rise

Commissioner David Stern estimates revenue will be a record $5 billion in the current season, an increase of about 20 percent from the league’s last full season in 2010-11.

Budinger to miss 3-4 months

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Chase Budinger will miss the next three to four months while recovering from knee surgery. He is averaging 11.8 points this season.

College football

Report: Oregon’s Patterson

is out for rest of season

Oregon safety Avery Patterson, who suffered a left-knee injury in the second quarter of a 59-17 victory at California on Saturday, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament, The Oregonian reported.

Big East to have 2 divisions

The new Big East will have a West Division that includes Temple, in Philadelphia.

The conference revealed its divisional alignment for the 2013 season, when it becomes a 12-team league for football.

The East will have Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, Southern Methodist and Temple.


• Some fans are questioning NASCAR’s motives for fining Sprint Cup Series leader Brad Keselowski $25,000 for tweeting during a red-flag period in Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Some contend the driver was actually being disciplined for his profanity-laced outburst after the crash- and fight-marred AdvoCare 500.

“It just drives me absolutely crazy that I get lambasted for racing somebody hard without there even being a wreck and then you see stuff like this … from the same people that criticized me,” Keselowski said.

• Thousands in Detroit paid tribute to boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who died Oct. 25 at age 68.

Former and current world champions attended and Motown legend Aretha Franklin sang “I’ll Fly Away.”

• U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, remained hospitalized in Vail, Colo., with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.

Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email that Vonn was “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain.”

Jason Day beat Stacy Lewis with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff to lift the PGA Tour past the LPGA Tour in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge in Henderson, Nev. The PGA Tour team made $500,000, compared with $270,000 for the LPGA Tour squad and $230,000 for the 50-and-older Champions Tour team. Each team had three players.

• Two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova, 31, of the Czech Republic will miss next season because she is pregnant.

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