- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

NFL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The toxicology report shows former Titans kicker Rob Bironas had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit for driving in Tennessee when he died in a one-vehicle crash.

Testing released by the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office shows Bironas had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent. Tennessee’s limit for driving under the influence is 0.08 percent. The toxicology report also says a low level of Diazepam or Valium also was detected, but at a level so low to have a “negligible effect” according to a release.

The autopsy report finalized shows the 36-year-old Bironas died of blunt force trauma after his SUV went off the road and crashed into a line of trees Sept. 20, and 911 calls described Bironas as chasing people and trying to run them off the road before losing control of his 2009 Yukon Denali near his home.

Staff from the medical examiner’s office and Nashville police’s traffic unit supervisor briefed Bironas’ family on the results late Friday afternoon. Police said in a statement after the crash that there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene, and the investigation is continuing.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Just 300 days after putting his name in the record books with the longest field goal ever, Matt Prater is history. At least in Denver.

The Broncos cut ties with the eighth-year kicker who’s about to come off his four-game suspension.

That means first-year kicker Brandon McManus has turned his temp job with the AFC champs into a full-time one.

From the moment the Giants traded him to the Broncos in late August, McManus looked at Denver not as a stopover but as a destination. He said last month that his aim was to convince the Broncos he, and not Prater, was their man.

GM John Elway said releasing Prater, the longest-tenured member of the team, was “a very difficult football decision.”

But perhaps an easy financial choice: Prater was due $2.294 million in base salary this season and $3.25 million next year. McManus is making $420,000 this season and $510,000 next year.

BASEBALL

ATLANTA (AP) - Fredi Gonzalez figured it would be a while before he learned his future with the Atlanta Braves.

Instead, the word came quickly - he’ll be the manager next year.

Less than a week after the end of a disappointing season, interim general manager John Hart announced Gonzalez will continue to manage the team in 2015, ending speculation about a possible change in the dugout.

The Braves finished 79-83, a daunting 17 games behind Washington in the NL East and only their third losing season in the last 24 years.

GM Frank Wren was fired with a week to go in the season, after the team was eliminated from contention, and Gonzalez thought his status would be on hold until the hiring of Wren’s permanent replacement. But, with no timetable for making that decision, the Braves decided to stick with Gonzalez for at least one more season. He is under contract through 2015.

HOCKEY

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - After Hilary Knight skated with the Anaheim Ducks, the two-time U.S. Olympian emerged confident she can play hockey with anybody in the world.

Knight practiced with the Ducks as part of her work to raise the profile of women’s hockey. The skilled forward is thought to be the first non-goalie to practice with an NHL team, and everybody in Anaheim thought Knight fit in perfectly.

The 5-foot-10 Knight’s speed and size allowed her to blend in seamlessly with the two-time Pacific Division champion Ducks. Her whip-quick wrist shot impressed Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, who has never watched a women’s hockey game live.

Knight joined the Ducks for the first 25 minutes of their workout, going through skating and passing drills, and she returned later for 20 minutes of shooting. Knight also dropped in as a guest coach for a Ducks-affiliated women’s team on another rink in the training complex.

AUTO RACING

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kevin Harvick is the one to beat once again at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick shattered his own track record and won the pole to start the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday. After setting the mark at 197.773 mph in his second round of qualifying, he turned a lap of 197.621 in the final round to earn the pole.

The previous record of 194.658 was set by Harvick in the spring.

Brian Vickers qualified second with a lap of 196.307. Aric Almirola was third. Joey Logano began a run of five Chase contenders by qualifying fourth. Jeff Gordon was next, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Tony Stewart qualified ninth, his best effort since returning to the track following the Sprint Car accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a track in upstate New York.

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