Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State linebacker Chris Hughes has been suspended one game by the Southeastern Conference for his hit to the head of a defenseless player during Saturday’s 29-24 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.
Steelers DE Smith has surgery
Pittsburgh — Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith had surgery to repair a torn triceps tendon in his left arm, and the team is holding out hope he could return late in the season.
Such injuries typically are season-ending. The Steelers likely will wait and see how quickly Smith recovers before deciding whether to place him on the injured reserve list, which would end his season.
Vikings’ Childress fined $35K
Minneapolis — After a narrow loss to bitter division rival Green Bay, Vikings coach Brad Childress seethed at what he called “the worst officiated game I’ve seen.”
On Tuesday, he paid for it.
The NFL fined Childress $35,000 for criticizing officials and disclosing confidential conversations with the officiating department.
Broncos’ Cox loses some memory
Engelwood, Colo. — Shortly after playing in Oakland’s 59-14 rout of Denver on Sunday, Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox went home and watched the contest again.
Not to learn what went wrong.
Just to remember what took place after a blow to the head completely wiped out his memory of the game.
Cox suffered a head injury in the third quarter and couldn’t recall any of the details from the lopsided loss. He clearly remembers the night before and then coming to in the trainer’s room. In between, nothing.
Bengals put Pacman on IR
Cincinnati — Adam “Pacman” Jones’ comeback season with the Cincinnati Bengals has been cut short by a neck injury.
The Bengals said Tuesday that they put Jones on the injured reserve list because of a herniated disk in his neck suffered in Sunday’s 39-32 loss at Atlanta. Jones had one of the game’s highlights, ripping the ball away from receiver Roddy White and returning it for a touchdown.
NCAA clears Louisville center
Louisville, Ky. — Louisville’s depleted frontcourt received a major boost Tuesday when the NCAA cleared freshman center Gorgui Dieng.
The NCAA overturned an earlier decision that made the 6-foot-10 Dieng, who is from Senegal and spent last season at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, ineligible because of transcript concerns.
Memphis G has ‘personal matter’
Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis coach Josh Pastner says freshman Jelan Kendrick is dealing with a “personal matter” and that they will “revisit the situation” when the McDonald’s All-American returns to the Tigers.
The 6-foot-6 guard last practiced with the Tigers on Friday. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that Kendrick has been indefinitely suspended while school officials investigate a verbal threat the freshman made against a teammate.
Nationals keeping Riggleman
Washington — Jim Riggleman will be the Washington Nationals’ manager in 2011.
Riggleman signed a two-year deal with the club before last season, and the team needed to notify him if it was going to buy out the second year.
But the Nationals announced Tuesday that Riggleman will be back after the team increased its win total from 59 to 69 in 2010.
Report: Mets choose new GM
New York — Sports Illustrated is reporting on its website that the New York Mets have selected Sandy Alderson to be their new general manager. Citing unidentified sources late Tuesday night, SI says the team could announce the move as soon as Friday.