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Raiders’ McFadden, Seymour questionable for game against Chiefs

January 1, 2011

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— Raiders coach Tom Cable says running back Darren McFadden and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are questionable for Oakland’s season finale at Kansas City.

McFadden is nursing a sore left toe, and Seymour has a hamstring injury. Both sat out practice Friday and will be game-time decisions Sunday against the Chiefs.

McFadden leads the Raiders with 1,157 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He needs 43 yards to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach the 1,200 mark in a season. Marcus Allen, Napoleon Kaufman and Mark van Eeghen are the others.

NFL

Texans WR Johnson to have surgery

Houston — Texans Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson will miss Houston’s season finale against Jacksonville and will have arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle next week.

Johnson sprained the ankle in Week 2, and the injury has never healed. He sat out Sunday’s 24-23 loss to Denver and hasn’t practiced this week.

Panthers’ Fox knew end was coming

Charlotte, N.C. — John Fox has completed his last full practice with Carolina, saying he’s been preparing for the end of his run coaching the Panthers for about two years.

There was a light atmosphere full of smiles and jokes as Fox guided the Panthers in their last workout in Charlotte on Friday. The team will hold a walkthrough today in Atlanta before closing the season a day later.

Fox was first denied a contract extension after the 2008 season. He entered the last year of his contract with the Panthers beginning a youth movement that has left them an NFL-worst 2-13 in 2010.

Favre listed as doubtful

Eden Prairie, Minn. — Brett Favre’s name has appeared frequently on the NFL’s weekly injury report over 20 seasons of sprains, strains and painful hits. This might be the last time: The Minnesota Vikings declared the 41-year-old doubtful to play at Detroit, due to the lingering effects of a concussion.

Vick misses practice again

Philadelphia — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is unlikely to play against the Dallas Cowboys after he missed a second straight day of practice Friday.

Bengals WR Ochocinco out

Cincinnati — Receiver Chad Ochocinco will miss the Bengals’ final game in Baltimore due to a bad left ankle that needs surgery.

NBA

Anthony rejoins Nuggets

Denver — Carmelo Anthony practiced with the Denver Nuggets on Friday, returning to the team after taking eight days to mourn the death of his sister.

The Nuggets’ star forward left the team Dec. 22 and missed five games while helping his family deal with its loss. He was expected to play today when the Nuggets host the Sacramento Kings.

Anthony was glad to be back on the court with his teammates.

“There’s no place like the gym, especially when you go through tough times like I just went through,” he said. “But I’m glad to be back, glad to be here. My spirits are up. The worst is over with, and I’m back here and I can just focus on basketball.”

Cavs’ Varejao has broken cheekbone

Cleveland — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least Cleveland’s next two games because of a broken cheekbone.

MLB

Orioles, Derrek Lee agree

Baltimore — The Baltimore Orioles and free-agent first baseman Derrek Lee have reached an oral agreement on a one-year contract pending a physical.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail disclosed the deal Friday. He has been looking for a power-hitting first baseman since Ty Wigginton left as a free agent to sign with Colorado in mid-December.

College football

New Pitt coach jailed

South Bend, Ind. — New Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was jailed Friday on a domestic-violence charge after an incident at his South Bend home.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

NHL

Winter Classic switched to night

Pittsburgh — The NHL is moving the Capitals-Penguins Winter Classic to a nighttime start to avoid predicted daytime rain in Pittsburgh.

The game, scheduled to start shortly after noon CST today, has been moved to 7 p.m. It will be the first of the four Winter Classics to be played at night.

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