Sep 4, 2014 6:55 PM
Update on the latest in sports:
The Associated Press
NFL champs host Packers
SEATTLE (AP) The National Football League kicks off a new season tonight with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks entertaining Green Bay. Each team is expected to contend for the title in its division this season and could battle for the NFC title.
This marks the second time in four seasons the Packers are playing in the season opener.
A year ago the Seahawks won the NFL Championship with a final record of 16-3 while the Packers were 8-8-1.
Brady missed practice
UNDATD (AP) Tom Brady sat out practice with the Patriots ahead of the team's season opening game against Miami Sunday. New England's starting quarterback is suffering from a calf injury. Coach Bill Belichick didn't meet with reporters after practice.
In other news from around the league;
Carolina coach Ron Rivera says he'll make a game-time decision on quarterback Cam Newton's availability for Sunday's regular season opener at Tampa Bay. Newton was limited in practice this week while recovering from fractured ribs. Derek Anderson would start if Newton can't play.
Texans top overall pick Jadeveon (juh-DAY'-vee-ihn) Clowney says he suffered a concussion in a joint practice with Denver last month after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He missed the Texans' final two preseason games, but says he passed the league protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play in Sunday's opener against Washington.
The Daily News of New York says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team. The name may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute if the team's nickname. The newspaper will also drop the team's logo of a feathered Native American and replace it by an image that features team colors.
NFL looks into Jets player's domestic violence arrest
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The NFL is reviewing the arrest of Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa under its new domestic violence policy as police released details of last weekend's incident.
The practice squad member was arrested and charged with domestic violence and simple assault Sunday night, according to an arrest report released by the Florham Park Police Dept. The 22-year-old Enunwa pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
Ex-Bill Kelly cancer free
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Follow up tests have revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shows no sign of having sinus cancer three months after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The update was provided in a news release issued by Kelly, less than a week after he had biopsies performed at the hospital.
The results confirm an initial physical exam Kelly had two weeks ago.
Kelly calls the update as "some of the greatest news I've ever gotten."
Men's quarterfinal action
NEW YORK (AP) Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 at the U.S. Open.
Cilic missed last year's U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He'll face the winner of tonight's Roger Federer-Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES').match on Saturday
The top-seeded men's doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. has advanced to another Grand Slam final with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over fellow Americans Rajeev Ram and Scott Lipsky. The Bryan's are looking for their 16th Grand Slam championship and 100th overall doubles title.
Key NL Central series starts tonight
UNDATED (AP) The Cardinals and Brewers open a big four-game weekend series in Milwaukee tonight. The Brewers are riding an eight-game losing streak and have dropped out of first place in the National League Central. The Cardinals have won their last five games and have replaced Milwaukee in the standings. Entering tonight's game the Cards have a three-game lead over the Brewers with 76 wins and 63 defeats, while the Brewers are 73-66.
On the mound for the Brewers tonight is 15-game winner Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah), who is facing Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) in his first Major League game since going down with a shoulder stress reaction. The Cards plan to limit Wacha to roughly 50 to 60 pitches against the Brewers. He threw 34 pitches in two innings in a Double-A game on Sunday.
The Tigers and Indians wrap up a four-game set in Cleveland tonight. The Tigers won the first two games of the series before losing last night. Each team can improve its position in the American League Central as first-place Kansas City has the night off. The Tigers trail the Royals by 1 1/2 games while the Indians are 5 1/2 back. Detroit's Max Scherzer is looking for his 16th win of the season.
The remaining games tonight feature the Red Sox in New York against the Yankees, the Orioles home to the Reds, Toronto at Tampa Bay, the Mariners in Arlington to play Texas, Minnesota hosting the Angels and Arizona at San Diego.
New deal for La Rosa
DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract extension with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The 33-year-old has been a dependable arm in a rotation hit hard by injuries this season. He's 13-10 with a 4.26 earned run average.
De La Rosa's 68 wins with the Rockies trail only Aaron Cook's 72 for most in franchise history.
Three share lead
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. (AP) Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) and Gary Woodland share the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the BMW Championship after shooting 3-under 67's. Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) and three others are a shot back in the third of four FedEx Cup events.
Bruins ink center
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed center David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) to a six-year, $43.5 million extension. The new deal begins in the 2015-16 season after the final season of his current deal.
Krejci led the Bruins last season with 50 assists and 69 points.
BASKETBALL WORLD CUP
U.S. wins again
BILBAO, Spain (AP) The U.S. entry in the Basketball World Cup has finished pool play with a 95-71 win over Ukraine. James Harden scored 17 points and Stephen (STEF'-ihn) Curry added 14 in the win, which gave the American's a record of 5-0. The U.S. will next play Mexico in the round of 15 in Barcelona this Saturday night.