iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti disputed a report by ESPN regarding the organization’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.
ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported on Friday that Bisciotti, Ravens president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be lenient in his punishment of Rice.
“It’s Ray’s attorney, its Ray’s agent, and it’s Ray’s friends,” Bisciotti said. “They are building a case for reinstatement and the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to make everyone else look like they’re lying.”
The Ravens parted ways with Rice following the release of a video by TMZ that showed the running back striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel hotel in Atlantic City. The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games, then changed course and handed him an indefinite ban following the publication of the video.
iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doran Lamb on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In 53 games with the Orlando Magic last season, Lamb averaged 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. The three-year NBA veteran was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.
Lamb was a member of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.7 points in 31.2 minutes of action.
In 100 career regular-season NBA games, Lamb has averaged 3.6 points per game.
Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Already dealing with an injury to starting running back Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is likely out the rest of the season with a severe high ankle sprain as well as a fractured fibula.
Woodhead suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team's win over the Buffalo Bills. He needed to be carted off the field.
"Hey, we're going to keep rolling," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "We have to keep going, and we're not going to make any excuses."
Donald Brown, who signed with the team during the offseason, will likely see the bulk of the carries while Mathews recovers from a MCL knee sprain.
"Unfortunately, that's the nature of the sport," said Brown, who finished with 62 yards on 31 carries in San Diego's 22-10 win at Buffalo. "Guys are going to get hurt, and other guys have to step out and carry the load. Next man (up) is pretty much the mantra of this team."
Woodhead ends his season with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.
General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn't reach by Oct. 31.
"We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love," Newton said. "We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush."
"Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player," Newton continued. "So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides."
If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.
Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.
Major League Baseball(SAINT LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, but did so despite losing to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Sunday.
St. Louis (87-69) reached the postseason thanks to Milwaukee's 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh earlier.
Jay Bruce hit a pair of home runs, two of the four belted by the Reds (72-84), helping Cincinnati snap a six-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (15-10) gave up just two run over six innings for the win. Todd Frazier's solo shot in the top of the sixth gave the Reds the lead for good, one that was ballooned by a Bruce RBI Single later that inning.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals must now fight for the National League Central division crown while battling a flu bug that is going throughout the clubhouse. Both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter sat out for the second consecutive game due to flu-like symptoms.
"There are a lot of guys that are unavailable," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "Almost as many unavailable as available."
Matheny also added that more than 10 players are sick, many of whom may be held back from the team flight to Chicago on Monday. The Cardinals will play the Cubs in a three-game series and currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the division.
BannanStock(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Joey Logano etched his spot in the next round of NASCAR's "Chase for the Cup" by winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, and happened at the track he considers to be home.
"To me this is almost like Daytona," said the Connecticut native. "I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and started my first one, and won my first one...to top it off with a win was really neat."
Logano was the second member of Team Penske to win a Chase race, following Brad Keselowski's victory last week. Keselowski finished seventh and led 78 laps, but hit the wall in the second half of the race.
The race was marred by a season-high 15 cautions, the last of which came in overtime and saw Logano pull away for the win. Kyle Larson took second followed by Kevin Harvick, who led 27 laps.
Next week's race at Dover International Speedway marks the first "elimination" race in NASCAR's new playoff format where four drivers will be bounced from contention every three weeks. Currently, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Aric Amirola are in the bottom four spots.
Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Marshawn Lynch scored on a six-yard touchdown run on the first drive in overtime, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 26-20 win over Denver in a rematch of Super Bowl 48.
Lynch capped off an 80-yard drive that denied the Broncos (2-1) a comeback win over the team that beat them for the championship in February.
Peyton Manning led a furious fourth quarter rally, erasing a 14-point deficit with a game-tying touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. A successful two-point conversion knotted the game at 20-20, sending the contest into overtime.
However, Seattle (2-1) ensured a win as Russell Wilson led the team down the field on the opening possession of overtime. Wilson finished the game with 258 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards.
The Seahawks led 17-3 at halftime as Wilson connected with both Ricardo Lockette and Lynch on touchdown passes in the first half to take the early lead. Lynch was later tackled in the end zone for a safety, sparking the Broncos comeback.
Manning's day ended with 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but also threw a pick in the fourth quarter.
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAINT LOUIS) -- The Dallas Cowboys mounted the largest comeback in franchise history, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.
It's the fourth time this season a team has won after trailing by at least 17 points.
The Rams (1-2) opened up their lead with a pair of first half touchdown throws from Austin Davis, holding a 14-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. The advantage then went to 21 when Janoris Jenkins picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. However, the St. Louis defense could not hold back a pass-happy Cowboys squad.
Romo led the comeback march beginning with an 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half, capped off by a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to get on the board. A field goal with just two seconds left in the period made it a 21-10 game at halftime.
"We never blinked, I can honestly say that," wide receiver Dez Bryant said.
Bryant contributed to the rally, catching a 68-yard pass from Romo in the third that brought the Cowboys (2-1) within four points. After another Dan Bailey field goal, Dallas trailed 21-20 heading into the final frame.
St. Louis would get a field goal early in the fourth, making it a four point contest, but Romo again captained a drive that ended with a Terrance Williams 12-yard touchdown catch, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 27-20. On the next Rams possession, Bruce Carter returned an interception for a touchdown to help put the game out of reach.
The Rams did get a late score on an Austin Pettis touchdown reception, but they were unable to complete a comeback of their own. Despite throwing two picks, Davis tossed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for St. Louis.
Romo rebounded from an early interception to finish with 217 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his franchise-best 21st come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.