In brief: NFL slaps $20,000 fine on Lions’ Suh
NFL: Ndamukong Suh has been fined a third time for roughing up three different quarterbacks in less than a year.
The Detroit Lions’ defensive tackle doesn’t plan to change his game.
“Not by any means,” he said Wednesday after he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton last week.
The former Nebraska star said he plans to appeal the fine.
“Who wouldn’t?” Suh asked.
The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed Dalton and threw the rookie to the turf after he had thrown the ball late in the first quarter of last Friday’s preseason game. Suh was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
“The league puts it on the defensive player to know when the ball is gone,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Suh was fined twice last year for hits on Chicago’s Jay Cutler during the regular season and Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme in a preseason game.
• 49ers sign veteran QB McCown: The San Francisco 49ers added a veteran to the quarterback competition, signing Josh McCown to a one-year deal for the league minimum of $810,000.
McCown, 32, was with the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials last year. McCown spent eight seasons in the NFL, including the first four with the Arizona Cardinals.
• Eagles receiver Maclin cleared to return: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who still hasn’t practiced, has been cleared to return to the team after a cancer scare, trainer Rick Burkholder said.
Barring a setback, Maclin will return to practice within 10 days and should be able to play in the Sept. 11 opener at St. Louis.
Burkholder said Maclin began experiencing symptoms – night sweats, fever, loss of weight, loss of appetite – in March, synonymous with lymphoma, a form of cancer. But a five-month battery of tests taken in both Philadelphia and St. Louis came back inconclusive.
• Jets give Maybin a new chance: Aaron Maybin is getting a second chance to jumpstart his career with the New York Jets.
The Jets reached an agreement in principle with the former Buffalo Bills first-round pick, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The once-promising linebacker was waived by Buffalo on Monday after two disappointing seasons in which he had no sacks and was never in the team’s starting lineup.
The Jets also confirmed that offensive lineman Robert Turner has a broken right leg that will require surgery, and running back Joe McKnight has a concussion.
• Levy tries novel approach: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy is trying his hand at fiction. And of course he has a story about football.
The former Bills coach and general manager has completed a novel titled, “Between The Lies,” due out in September, Kansas-based Ascend Books announced. Ascend describes the story as featuring two fictional teams en route to the Super Bowl with the integrity of the game hanging in the balance.
Nielsen wins despite bobblehead attack
Soccer: Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came within 10 minutes of a shutout despite being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Portland Timbers 3-1 at Kansas City, Kan.
Graham Zusi scored twice for Sporting K.C. (8-7-9). Portland (7-12-5) lost its second straight.
Nielsen was struck by a piece from an Omar Bravo bobblehead doll, one of thousands given away to fans in attendance. The Danish keeper lay on the field for 4 minutes but was able to continue after being checked out by medical personnel.
Wozniacki loses another opener
Tennis: Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki lost her opening match for the second consecutive week, falling to American Christina McHale 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the Western & Southern Open at Mason, Ohio.
Wozniacki also lost her opening match last week in Toronto. The Dane had not faced the 76th-ranked McHale, who broke Wozniacki in the 11th game of the second set with a delicate drop shot. She clinched the match when Wozniacki sailed a forehand long.
Leyva takes early lead on Horton
Gymnastics: Danell Leyva edged world bronze medalist Jonathan Horton in the first day of competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships at St. Paul, Minn.
Leyva, who was second to Horton last year, is more than two points ahead going into Friday’s final. Leyva finished with a score of 92.5 while Horton, trying to become the first three-time winner since 2004 Olympic champion Paul Hamm, had 90.4.