Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is questionable Sunday
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is questionable for Sunday’s NFC North showdown against Minnesota. Rodgers, who missed the end of the first half of the Week 1 victory against Chicago with an injured left knee, did not practice Wednesday and Thursday and would not have practiced Friday. ‘‘Aaron’s getting better,’’ coach Mike McCarthy said. ‘‘I would say he feels better than he did at the beginning of the week. [Saturday’s] practice will be a pretty big indicator.
Roethlisberger iffy to play, too
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned under center after missing the previous two practices with a bruised right elbow. He is listed on the injury report as questionable for Pittsburgh’s home opener Sunday against Kansas City . . . The Seahawks signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges, and it is possible Kendricks will play Monday night when Seattle visits Chicago . . . Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he expects to play starting quarterback Marcus Mariota (elbow) and backup Blaine Gabbert in Sunday’s game against the Texans . . . Key starters not playing in Week 2: Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (foot); Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (knee); and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson (hamstring).
Yankees activate Judge from DL
The Yankees activated Aaron Judge from the disabled list but for now only intend to use him in the outfield and as a baserunner. Judge played right field in the final two innings of New York’s 11-0 rout of Toronto Friday. Judge had not played since July 26 because of a broken right wrist sustained when hit by a pitch.
Cubs’ Strop (hamstring) is out
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop will miss the rest of the regular season with a left hamstring strain, leaving the NL Central leaders with major questions at the back end of their bullpen. Strop has been Chicago’s closer since Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list July 18 . . . The Pirates said right fielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. Polanco dislocated his throwing shoulder on an awkward slide into second base on a double last Friday.
Vana wins Mass. Mid-Amateur
Frank Vana Jr. captured a record 10th Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship title on the first sudden-death playoff hole at Plymouth Country Club. Vana defeated Mike Calef (Pine Oaks GC) and Jack Kearney (Elmcrest CC) . . . Tour rookie Maria Torres shared the four-way lead after two rounds in her second major tournament. Torres, the first Puerto Rican to earn an LPGA Tour card, shot a 2-under-par 69 and is tied with Amy Olson, Mo Martin, and Mi Hyang Lee at Evian-Les-Bains, France . . . Brandt Jobe shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in Champions Tour The Ally Challenge at Grand Blanc, Mich.
Red Wings’ Zetterberg retires
The Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg said his professional hockey career is over because of a back injury. Zetterberg, 37, will go on long-term injured reserve with three years left on his 12-year, $73 million contract.
. . . The NHL questioned the Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing. General manager Brian MacLellan said the league questioned the Capitals for trading the veteran defenseman and then bringing him back at a cheaper salary after the Avalanche bought him out. MacLellan said the Capitals were above board in everything they did and would not face consequences.
Croatia leads US in Davis Cup
Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that had the crowd bowing in admiration during the Davis Cup semifinals at Zadar, Croatia. Later, sixth-ranked Marin Cilic gave Croatia a 2-0 lead over the United States with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe. Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the US Open, officiated the second match without incident.
Russia to be reinstated by WADA?
A key review committee is recommending Russia’s anti-doping agency be reinstated after a nearly three-year suspension resulting from the country’s scheme to circumvent rules and win Olympic medals. The World Anti-Doping Agency statement said its compliance review committee was satisfied with Russian promises to fulfill one key criterion for reinstatement: Providing access to samples and data that could help corroborate positive tests uncovered during the investigation into Russia’s corruption.