NFL teams recognize Sandy Hook tragedy
Two players who wear No. 26 joined hands with the coaches of the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings in tribute to the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and New York Giants’ players wore decals with the initials of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There were moments of silence before all NFL games Sunday. The ceremony in St. Louis included Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, along with Rams running back Daryl Richardson and Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.
The players were selected because their number represents the total slain at the elementary school on Friday.
Dozens of children wearing uniform jerseys held hands with players in a circle extending from the 30-yard lines at the Edward Jones Dome, centered on the Rams logo at midfield. Richardson, Winfield and the coaches formed an inner circle.
In Atlanta, Giants’ players wore decals with the acronym “SHES” on the backs of their helmets.
Flags were at half-staff at M&T Bank Stadium when the Baltimore Ravens hosted the Denver Broncos in one of the eight early games.
With the Maryland National Guard standing on the opposite end of the field from the flag bearers, the scoreboards went black as the public address announcer asked the crowd to observe “silent reflection” in the wake of Friday’s “horrific tragedy.”
Players from both team stood stoically on the sideline. The moment of silence was followed by the national anthem.
In New Orleans, the Superdome fell silent for nearly 30 seconds before the Saints hosted Tampa Bay. People around the stadium removed their hats, bowed their heads and remained still until the public address announcer introduced the national anthem singer, “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine.
In Houston, video screens went black as the moment was observed before the Texas hosted the Indianapolis Colts.
In Chicago, Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver retweeted the names of the victims.
Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon tweeted that a moment of silence was to be held in Toronto later Sunday before the Bills played the Seattle Seahawks at the downtown Rogers Centre.
Peterson tops 200 yards as all-time mark nears
ST. LOUIS — Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has topped 200 yards rushing and beat his previous single-season best on a 52-yard gain in the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams.
Peterson had a season-high 212 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown late in the game.
For the season, he has 1,812 yards rushing, by far the best in the NFL, beating his previous best of 1,760 yards in 2007.
With two games to go, Peterson has a chance at the NFL single-season record of 2,105 yards by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
Michigan suspends trio for Outback Bowl
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Brady Hoke has suspended cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for a violation of team rules.
Hoke says in an announcement Sunday that the three players will not travel with the 19th-ranked Wolverines for the Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina because each of them used poor judgment. He didn’t specify which team rules were broken.
Floyd is a starting cornerback and Hagerup is the team’s top punter. Hawthorne is a backup linebacker.
Hoke says it’s an honor to play football for the University of Michigan and there are high standards and expectations for everyone that represents the program.
Boeheim gets first crack at 900th win tonight
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is on the cusp of another milestone — he’s one victory shy of 900.
Sometime soon — the first chance comes against Detroit on Monday night in the Carrier Dome on the court that bears his name — Boeheim will join a most elite fraternity, one with only two other members — Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902), the only men’s coaches in Division I history to win that many games.
One of a vanishing breed, Boeheim has been head coach at Syracuse since 1976 and has never had a desire to go anywhere else. His first victory as a college coach was against Harvard in Springfield, Mass., a 75-48 triumph on Nov. 26, 1976.
Victory No. 899 came Saturday night, 85-61 over Canisius as the fourth-ranked Orange (9-0) stretched their home winning streak to 29, longest in the nation.
AC Milan midfielder pays tribute to shooting victims
MILAN — AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino has dedicated his goal Sunday to the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut.
After the game, an emotional Nocerino said he wanted to “take the chance to dedicate my goal to the American families of the children killed in the school, my thoughts are only with them.”
The Italian scored after just 35 seconds of Milan’s 4-1 win over Pescara.
Nocerino, who has two young children, says he doesn’t “know how much the dedication will help the dead American children, but everything I did today was only for them.”
Spanish cyclist dead after being hit by car
MADRID — The Spanish cycling federation says former national mountain bike champion Inaki Lejarreta was killed when he was hit by a car while cycling.
The federation says the 29-year-old Lejarreta was riding Sunday in the town of Iurreta in the northern Basque region.
Lejarreta was Spain’s mountain bike champion in 2007. He competed in cross-country cycling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and professionally with the Orbea team.