Vikings' Cook charged with felony assault
MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was charged Tuesday with allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend over the weekend, leaving her with a bloody nose and injuries to her neck.
Cook, 24, a former University of Virginia star, was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, a charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison if convicted, and up to a $5,000 fine. He was arrested early Saturday and was still in custody at midday Tuesday.
c The Buffalo Bills placed veteran linebacker Shawne Merriman on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday because of a right Achilles injury. It's the same injury that forced the former Maryland standout to go on IR last November right after the Bills signed him as a free agent. He finishes the season with nine tackles and one sack in five games.
c Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli was placed on injured reserve. Mughelli hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win at Detroit. The Falcons also placed backup offensive guard Mike Johnson (foot) on injured reserve with a foot injury on Tuesday.
QB Steelman's streak of starts for Army to end
WEST POINT, N.Y. | Army quarterback Trent Steelman, who has started every game of his college career, won't play against Fordham on Saturday at Michie Stadium.
Max Jenkins will start for Army (2-5) in place of the junior star, who suffered a lower leg injury late in the first half of Saturday's 44-21 loss at Vanderbilt.
Steelman, who has started an academy-record 32 straight games at quarterback, is Army's second-leading rusher with 576 yards and has a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns.
Red Sox' Lackey to miss 2012 season after elbow surgery
BOSTON | Red Sox starter John Lackey will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery and miss the 2012 season. Lackey, a right-hander, was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract.
The Boston Globe reported after the season that he and fellow starters Josh Beckett and Jon Lester drank beer in the clubhouse during games in which they were not pitching.
• The Toronto Blue Jays said manager John Farrell can't leave for the same job with Boston. The team issued a statement saying employees won't be permitted to leave for the same job in another organization - essentially blocking a move by Farrell back to the Red Sox. Farrell spent four seasons as the Red Sox' pitching coach before being hired to manage the Blue Jays last year.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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