Eagles QB Vick won’t play Sunday
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a hamstring injury, an NFL source familiar with the situation told ESPN.com. Nick Foles, who turned up on the injury report late in the week with a groin issue, is on track to make his first start of the season. Rookie Matt Barkley, inactive for the first five games, is expected to dress and back up Foles . . . Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, the third Tampa Bay player diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection resistant to many common antibiotics, was cleared to play Sunday. The NFL and NFL Players Association issued a statement saying a jointly retained specialist has informed them that Banks does not pose a risk of transmitting the disease to other players . . . The Browns placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a knee injury, officially ending his season. Hoyer led Cleveland to two wins in his first two starts. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter of the Browns’ victory over the Buffalo Bills Oct. 3. Hoyer was sliding at the end of a run when his cleat got caught in the turf as he hit the ground. Hoyer will undergo surgery Friday . . . New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury, a team source told ESPN.
Rose sits out with left knee soreness
Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out the Chicago Bulls’ 83-81 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. His absence disappointed a sellout crowd of 13,635 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro — the gymnastics venue at the 2016 Olympics. Without Rose, the Bulls got 18 points from Taj Gibson and 14 from Luol Deng. Rose had played in two preseason games without any sign of problems, but the knee flared up Friday in practice. There was no immediate indication of the seriousness of the injury, or whether it was just a case of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau being cautious . . . Al Jefferson sprained his right ankle and hopes to return in time for the start of the Charlotte Bobcats’ regular season. The Bobcats’ key offseason acquisition was injured contesting Chris Bosh’s shot in the third quarter of Charlotte’s 86-75 loss to the Miami Heat Friday night . . . Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller will be sidelined for an indefinite period after having his appendix removed. Zeller had an appendectomy Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. The team said Saturday that no timetable has been set for his return.
Federer splits with coach Annacone
Roger Federer, who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles, dropped coach Paul Annacone after 3½ years together. “We felt like this was the best time and path for both of us.,” Federer said on his website. The move comes only two days after Federer was beaten, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, in the third round of the Shanghai Masters in China by Gael Monfils, a former top-10 player now ranked 42d and recently back from injury. The loss hurt the seventh-ranked Federer’s chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals . . . Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was eliminated in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters, losing, 6-2, 6-4, to Juan Martin del Potro. The fifth-ranked Del Potro will try to win his first Masters title Sunday against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Djokovic will be trying to win his 20th straight match — and fourth straight tournament — in China.
Bradley keeps welterweight title
Timothy Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision to keep his piece of the welterweight title . . . Gay boxer Orlando Cruz lost his bid for a piece of the featherweight title, getting stopped in the seventh round by 126-pound champion Orlando Salido in Las Vegas. Cruz, the first openly gay active fighter, was outclassed much of the fight by Salido, who landed the heavier punches before knocking Cruz down with a right hand . . . Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were dropped from the US soccer team’s roster for Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs. The US clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica, 2-0, Friday to clinch first place in North and Central America and the Caribbean for the third straight cycle . . . In the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers lost two proven goal-scorers to injury in Friday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. General Manager Paul Holmgren said forwards Scott Hartnell (upper body) and Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) could miss a week.