Hoyer KO’d for season with torn ACL
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss the rest of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the first quarter of Thursday’s 37-24 win over Buffalo. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Brandon Weeden, who had been out with a sprained thumb but took over after the injury, will return as Cleveland’s starter. On the other side, Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss at least two weeks with a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee suffered Thursday . . . Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will sit out Sunday against Seattle and take a couple of weeks to decide whether to have season-ending neck surgery . . . Chargers left tackle King Dunlap (concussion) was ruled out of Sunday’s game at Oakland . . . The Chiefs will be without right tackle Eric Fisher (concussion) and tight end Travis Kelce (knee) at Tennessee on Sunday . . . The Giants placed guard Chris Snee on injured reserve with a hip ailment . . . Players’ attorney Dan Gustafson said 2,140 retired players — less than 8 percent of the settlement class — have opted out of a $50 million class-action settlement in a case accusing the NFL of using their names and images without consent.
Condoleezza Rice part of playoff panel
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the 12-to-18 member selection committee that will pick the teams for the College Football Playoff next year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the process . . . Ronnie Nelson was 16 for 24, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns as New Haven (4-1, 4-0 Northeast-10) won at Assumption (2-3, 2-2), 21-18 . . . . John Moscatel amassed 201 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns as Southern Conn. (3-2, 3-1 Northeast-10) beat Pace (0-5, 0-4), 47-18, in New Haven, Conn. . . . Left tackle Torian White will miss the rest of No. 12 UCLA’s season with an injured right ankle he suffered Thursday at Utah.
Nadal, Djokovic, Serena in China semis
Rafael Nadal rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals of the China Open in Beijing. Novak Djokovic beat Sam Querrey, 6-1, 6-2. In women’s action, Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki, 6-1, 6-4, Petra Kvitova beat Li Na, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, and Jelena Jankovic took down Lucie Safarova, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 . . . Top seed Juan Martin del Potro overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Japan Open semifinals in Tokyo. He will face Nicolas Almagro, who beat defending champion Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3.
Brooklyn’s Kidd banned for two games
The NBA suspended Nets coach Jason Kidd for the first two games of the regular season after he pled guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving stemming from a July 15, 2012, incident . . . Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates said defenseman Jack Hillen will have surgery and miss “months” after sustaining a right leg injury Thursday against Calgary . . . Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said defenseman Mark Fraser could miss 3-4 weeks with a knee injury sustained Wednesday . . . Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins should make his season debut Monday against New Jersey. He had surgery on his left shoulder April 23 . . . Rangers coach Alain Vigneault expects right wing Ryan Callahan to make his season debut Monday against the Kings. He had shoulder surgery in May . . . Jessica Korda shot a 5-under-par 68 to take a two-stroke, second-round lead at the Reignwood Classic in Beijing . . . Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano took a 6-and-5 win over Britain and Ireland’s Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher to help Europe to a 5½-4½ lead in the Seve Trophy at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France.