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Sports log: Jets’ Mark Sanchez placed on short-term IR

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Mark Sanchez has his sights set on returning to the field this season — as the Jets’ starting quarterback. Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks while he recovers from an injured right shoulder. ‘‘As far as making a decision that’s best for the team and best for my medical health, we’re all on the same page,’’ Sanchez said during a conference call. Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing rookie Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the team’s third exhibition game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum. Sanchez was examined by team doctors, Dr. James Andrews, and consulted with several others last week . . . The Jaguars signed receiver Jeremy Ebert, a 2012 Patriots’ seventh-round draft pick, and cornerback Marcus Burley off their practice squad, and waived guard Jacques McClendon and defensive end Chris McCoy . . . The Redskins signed kicker John Potter in case Kai Forbath (groin) is unable to kick in Sunday’s game against the Packers. To make room for Potter, the Redskins released fourth-string quarterback Pat White.

BASEBALL

Braves’ Heyward on comeback trail

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Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said his recovery is ‘‘going in the right direction’’ after taking batting practice for the second straight day in Atlanta. Heyward is wearing a protective flap on his helmet and a mouthpiece as protection for his surgically-repaired jaw, which was fractured when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21. The playoff-bound Braves hope to have Heyward back before the end of the regular season . . . Former American League MVP VladimirGuerrero announced his retirement after failing to secure a contract this season. He last played in 2011 for the Orioles. Guerrero, 38, told a radio station in his native Dominican Republic that he made the decision in part because he’s still feeling the effects of two operations on his right knee. He also wants to spend more time with his family, including Vladimir Jr., his 14-year-old baseball-playing son . . . The Pawtucket Red Sox were eliminated from the best-of-five International League championship series in Game 4, losing to the visiting Durham Bulls, 7-0.

TENNIS

Canada closing in on Davis Cup final

Canada is one victory from the Davis Cup final after the Canadians beat host Serbia in a five-set doubles match for a 2-1 lead. Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil outlasted NenadZimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8, in 4½ hours on clay at Belgrade Arena. The winner of the best-of-five semifinal will play for the title in November against the Czech Republic, which beat Argentina in the other semifinal in Prague as Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, to give the Czechs an unbeatable 3-0 lead. Berdych and Stepanek improved their Davis Cup doubles record to 13-1 . . . Top-seeded Bojana Jovanovski earned her second career WTA title, outlasting Olga Govortsova, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), in the final of the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open . . . Lucie Safarova rallied to beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and reach the final of the Bell Challenge in Quebec. Safarova, the No. 3 seed, will face sixth-seeded Marina Erakovic in Sunday’s final after the New Zealander beat American Christina McHale, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal.

MISCELLANY

Lynx get home-court edge for playoffs

Maya Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky, 79-66, to secure home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs . . . Tina Thompson scored 22 points as the host Seattle Storm beat the Tulsa Shock, 85-73 . . . Christopher Horner, an American cyclist who turns 42 next month, closed in on the biggest victory of his career by building his lead in the next-to-last stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Alto de L’angliru. Horner increased his lead from three to 37 seconds over Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali after the 20th stage. . . . The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with defenseman Jared Cowen on a four-year contract . . . Non Stanford of Britain captured the women’s world triathlon title after winning the Grand Final race in London . . . Ridden by John Velazquez, French filly Alterite won her US debut, taking the $500,000 Garden City Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park in New York.

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