Packers’ Jimmy Graham has broken thumb
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham suffered a fractured thumb in Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seahawks, NFL.com reported. Graham, who had one catch for 13 yards in the game before getting hurt, will have more tests to determine the severity and whether he’ll miss time.
Broncos lose Garcia
Denver left guard Max Garcia is out for the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in practice Thursday. Garcia arrived at team headquarters Friday with soreness and an MRI revealed the tear. He is Denver’s third starting offensive linemen to suffer a season-ending injury, joining center Matt Paradis and guard Ronald Leary . . . Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (broken right foot) will remain inactive Sunday against visiting Dallas, but kicker Matt Bryant (right hamstring) will return after missing three games . . . Lions receiver Marvin Jones (knee), tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder), and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) are out of Sunday's home game against the Panthers . . . Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (hip) is doubtful but coach John Harbaugh could wait Sunday to decide if the veteran will face the visiting Bengals.
Howell leads in Georgia
Charles Howell III was just as good on the tougher scoring Seaside course at Sea Island with a second straight 64 to match the best 36-hole score of his career for a 14-under 128 and a three-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ (63) and Jason Gore (63) in the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. . . . Lexi Thompson — still winless this year — shot a 5-under 67 to move to 12-under 132 overall, three shots clear of first-round leader Amy Olson (72) and Brittany Lincicome (71) after two rounds of the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Champions at Naples, Fla. Rockland’s Megan Khang (67) is six shots back. World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn is back atop the Race to the CME Globe standings after shaking off a bogey-bogey-bogey start to finish with a 71 and get to 3-under . . . Matt Wallace took a one-shot lead over over Danny Willett (67), Jordan Smith (68), and Adrian Otaegui (68) in the World Tour Championship at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a 7-under 65. Wallace is 11-under 133 overall in the European Tour’s season-ending championship.
Russell lifts URI past Harvard
Fatts Russell’s scored 20 points and drained a 3-pointer with four seconds left as Rhode Island (2-1) eked out a 76-74 win over visiting Harvard (2-2). Jeff Dowtin (31 points) and scored 6 of the Rams’ last 9 points. He hit a 3 with 1:12 left to put the Rams up 73-72. Justin Bassey (23 points) made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to play to give Harvard a 74-73 lead. Ryan Preston blocked Noah Kirkwood’s 3-point attempt as time expired . . . Charles Williams hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 and freshman Akuwovo Ogheneyole added 11 points and 14 rebounds help Howard (4-0) hold off UMass for a 68-63 win at the Mullins Center. Luwane Pipkins scored 18 for the Minutemen . . . Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points as No. 16 Virginia Tech (3-0) used a 23-2 run before halftime to overpower Northeastern (2-2) for an 88-60 win and a berth in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic men’s final. Tomas Murphy (11 points) led the Huskies . . . On the women’s side, Jadyn Bush scored 19 points to lead Harvard (2-2) to a 73-54 win over Siena (0-3) at Loudonville, N.Y. . . . Nia Irving led all scorers with 16 points but BU (1-2) dropped a 68-57 decision to Marist (2-0) at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
No. 4 UMass tops Holy Cross
Filip Lindberg stopped 20 shots and No. 4 UMass (9-1-0) held on for a 3-1 nonleague men’s win at Holy Cross (1-7-1) . . . Zach Solow broke a scoreless tie at 1:46 of the third period to give No. 13 Northeastern (7-3-1, 4-1-1 Hockey East) a 1-0 win at Vermont (3-6-0, 1-5-0) . . . Jack McBain and David Cotton scored in the third period as host BC (3-5-1, 3-1-1 Hockey East) salvaged a 2-2 tie with UNH (1-5-3, 1-2-2) . . . David Farrance got the winner on the power play with 1:11 left in the third period as BU (3-4-1, 3-2-1 Hockey East) escaped with a 3-2 home win over Maine (3-5-1, 1-3-1) . . . Lewis Zerter-Gossage’s goal and two assists helped Harvard (2-2-2) deal No. 18 Arizona State (9-4-0) a 4-1 loss . . . On the women’s side, Caitrin Lonergan had a goal and an assist and freshman Maddy McArthur made 17 saves as No. 4 BC (9-3-0, 6-1-0 Hockey East) skated to a 3-0 shutout of host UConn (6-6-1, 3-5-1) . . . Alina Mueller potted two goals to lead No. 5 Northeastern (11-1-1, 10-0-1 Hockey East) in a 3-1 win at Maine (7-6-0, 3-6-0) . . . Host BU (3-3-3, 3-3-3 Hockey East) rode Corinne Schroeder’s (26 saves) first career shutout for a 3-0 win over Vermont (2-7-3, 2-6-1).
Vasilevskiy fractures foot
According to reports, the Lightning will be without goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for 4-6 six weeks after he fractured his left foot at practice Wednesday . . . The NHL suspended Coyotes forward Josh Archibald two games for an illegal check to Nashville forward Ryan Hartman's head during Arizona’s 2-1 home win Thursday . . . The Rangers traded former Bruins forward Ryan Spooner to the Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Strome.
WNBA’s Bird joins Nuggets
Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets’ front office as basketball operations associate while continuing her WNBA playing career. Bird, Seattle’s first overall pick in 2002 out of UConn, recently completed her 16th season with the team with her third title . . . Alexander Zverev set up a Saturday semifinal with Roger Federer by beating American John Isner, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, at the ATP Finals in London. Novak Djokovic, who beat Marin Cilic, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, faces Kevin Anderson . . . Denny Hamlin took the pole with a lap at 173.863 miles per hour to edge Kyle Busch, the highest qualifier of the four title contenders for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup championship finale at Homestead, Fla. Martin Truex Jr. was third, with Joey Logano fifth and Kevin Harvick 12th. . . . Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigned in the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization.