Quinn, out for season, 'was willing to risk' injury



Brady Quinn waited his whole life to make the NFL and then 1 1/2 years more for his first start for the Cleveland Browns. And then, it was gone. Quinn's season ended officially yesterday after just three starts, done in by a broken right index finger that he tried to play with Sunday and might now require surgery. Quinn could have sat out against the Houston Texans, but the second-year quarterback chose to play and did more damage to his finger. "That was something that I was willing to risk," said Quinn, who must decide whether to have surgery or have his finger immobilized in a splint. Either way, Quinn won't play again this season. Cleveland put him on injured reserve last night. With Quinn out, Derek Anderson, a former Raven, is back as the starting quarterback for the 4-7 Browns. However, Anderson's days in Cleveland appear numbered. Coach Romeo Crennel, who might not be back next season, said Quinn will be his starter going into training camp in 2009.

Ravens: : A federal judge has dismissed a Baltimore artist's lawsuit, which argued that the Ravens are unfairly profiting from a logo he designed in 1995. Frederick E. Bouchat, a security guard from South Baltimore, filed suit in February, alleging that the Ravens copied their original logo from an image he created and continued to show the logo in video clips from the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons. He asked the judge to return all film and copies of the logo to him so he could destroy them. Bouchat also named NFL Films, the NFL and The Baltimore Sun as defendants in the case because all three sell videos or photographs depicting the logo. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis dismissed the charges against all defendants, noting that the "flying B" logo was an "inconsequential" component in depicting action from the Ravens' first three seasons.



Giants: : Kicker Lawrence Tynes has asked the Bush administration to commute a lengthy sentence given to his brother for distributing marijuana. Tynes maintains that the 27-year sentence that his brother Mark is serving in a federal facility in Arkansas was excessive for the crime.

Redskins: : Linebacker London Fletcher wasn't able to practice because of a sprained foot, putting his streak of 130 consecutive NFL starts in jeopardy.

Ovechkin's hat trick helps Capitals end skid


Alex Ovechkin had his sixth career hat trick and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals stop a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. Eric Fehr and Viktor Kozlov added goals for Washington. The injury-hampered Capitals needed Ovechkin's help because they were missing seven players from their roster. Chris Clark (stress fracture of forearm), Jeff Schultz (broken finger), Boyd Gordon (back) and John Erskine (undisclosed) were hurt Monday night in a loss to the Minnesota Wild. They joined Alexander Semin (back), Mike Green (shoulder) and Sergei Fedorov (ankle), each of whom has been out with injuries. Schultz will be out four to six weeks, while Clark is expected to miss at least three weeks. The rest are considered day-to-day.

Obituary:: Armand "Bep" Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game, for the Boston Bruins, and later coached Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82. He died Monday in Barrie, Ontario.

No. 1 North Carolina captures Maui title


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Tyler Hansbrough, the reigning National Player of the Year who had played in only two games this season because of leg injuries, had 34 points to lead top-ranked North Carolina (6-0) to a 102-87 win over No. 8 Notre Dame (4-1) in the championship game of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. The title was the Tar Heels' third in the tournament's 25 years, second to Duke's four.

More college basketball:: Damion James had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 6 Texas (4-1) to a 70-57 victory over Oregon (3-3) in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and No. 10 Purdue (5-0) won, 71-64, over Boston College (3-2) in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. ... Blake Griffin had 32 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 11 Oklahoma (5-0) to a 77-67 win over Alabama-Birmingham (4-1) in the other NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal.

College football:: Florida State freshmen wide receivers Bert Reed and Cameron Wade were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a campus fight two weeks ago. They were released after posting bond. They were suspended Nov. 15 against Boston College and won't be punished further, coach Bobby Bowden said.

More college football:: Yale coach Jack Siedlecki said he is retiring after 12 years but will stay at the university to become assistant athletic director.

Baseball:: Thousands of pages of grand jury testimony related to the long-running steroid investigation of Barry Bonds and other athletes were unsealed by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. It came in response to a request from the U.S. Attorney's office that the protective order on the documents be lifted to avoid possibly delaying Bonds' trial, scheduled to begin March 2. Prosecutors noted that much of the testimony had already been leaked to news media. The documents, however, will not be made public, according to Jack Gillund, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello.


Tennis:: Jimmy Connors was charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation last week before a men's basketball game between host UC Santa Barbara and North Carolina. Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, was charged in Santa Barbara Superior Court with disrupting campus activities and refusing to leave a university facility.

today's nfl games

Titans (10-1) @Lions (0-11)

TIME, TV:: 12:30 p.m., chs. 13, 9

LINE:: Titans by 11

FANTASY FACTOR: : Tennessee QB Kerry Collins has completed 62 percent of his passes for 762 yards and six TDs with only one interception in the past three games. ... Detroit WR Calvin Johnson has scored in six of the past seven games and leads the team with 48 catches, 905 receiving yards and eight TDs.


THE BUZZ:: The Titans, who have won four straight games on Thanksgiving since 1979, can reach 11-1 for the first time in franchise history.


(TO WIN, NOT AGAINST THE SPREAD):: Titans: Jamison Hensley, Edward Lee, Rick Maese, Ken Murray, Mike Preston, Peter Schmuck, David Steele.

Seahawks (2-9) @Cowboys (7-4)

TIME, TV:: 4:15 p.m., chs. 45, 5

LINE:: Cowboys by 12 1/2


FANTASY FACTOR: : In the two games since he returned from injury, Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck is 29-for-53 for just 273 yards and three TDs with five interceptions. ... Dallas QB Tony Romo has thrown 31 touchdown passes to Terrell Owens since the beginning of 2006, the most for any quarterback-wide receiver duo.

THE BUZZ:: T.O. and turkey, who could ask for anything more?

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICKS:: Cowboys: Hensley, Lee, Maese, Murray, Preston, Schmuck, Steele.

Cardinals (7-4) @Eagles (5-5-1)

TIME, TV: : 8:15 p.m., NFL Network

LINE: : Eagles by 3


FANTASY FACTOR: : Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb will start coming off perhaps the worst back-to-back games of his career. ... Arizona QB Kurt Warner has five straight 300-yard games. One more would tie the NFL record he shares with Steve Young and Rich Gannon.

THE BUZZ: : With a win, the Cardinals clinch their first division title since 1975, when they were in the NFC East. ... If McNabb struggles again, things could get ugly.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICKS:: Cardinals: Lee, Maese, Murray, Preston. Eagles: Hensley, Schmuck, Steele.

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