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Sports in brief: Tebow home after night in hospital

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham in Florida’s 41-7 victory over the Wildcats.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham in Florida’s 41-7 victory over the Wildcats. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
From Staff And Wire Reports

College football: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is back home after spending the night in the hospital with a concussion. How long before he plays again is now the big question facing the Gators.

Tebow was released from a Lexington, Ky., hospital Sunday morning, about 12 hours after sustaining a concussion in the Gators’ 41-7 victory at Kentucky. He was held for precautionary reasons and test.

Tebow flew back to Gainesville with Meyer and his family Sunday afternoon.

The top-ranked Gators (4-0) are off next week, then play at LSU on Oct. 10. It might be several days, maybe longer, before Tebow’s status becomes clearer for what could be the toughest game on the defending national champions’ schedule.

The Gators were leading 31-7 in the third quarter and were driving deep in Kentucky territory when defensive end Taylor Wyndham came unblocked off the right end and sacked Tebow. As Tebow fell backward, his helmet struck teammate Marcus Gilbert’s leg, violently bending his neck forward.

•Hightower to miss rest of season: No. 3 Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said that an MRI confirmed Hightower had ligament damage in his left knee.

Baylor QB out for season: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.

The school announced that Griffin tore his ACL in the first half of the Bears’ 68-13 victory against Northwestern State on Saturday.

The sophomore star was injured when his leg bent awkwardly while being stopped for no gain on a fourth-down play.

Monfils wins Open de Moselle in three sets

Tennis: Top-seeded Gael Monfils ended a four-year title drought with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the Open de Moselle final in Metz, France.

Monfils served 14 aces and broke the 23rd-ranked Kohlschreiber twice in the third set before closing out the match.

Monfils, who reached the fourth round at this year’s U.S. Open, won his second career ATP title following his victory in Sopot, Poland, in 2005.

Montanes wins in Romania: Albert Montanes of Spain has won the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest, overcoming Juan Monaco of Argentina 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6).

Both players held serve throughout the first set Sunday before the fifth-seeded Montanes dominated the tiebreaker. Monaco then broke early in the second to take a 3-0 lead but fell and hurt his right leg when leading 5-2.

Peer takes Tashkent Open: Shahar Peer of Israel has won her second straight WTA Tour title, beating local favorite Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final.

The second-seeded Peer earned her fifth career title. She won the Guangzhou Open in China last Sunday.

U.S. wins baseball World Cup

Miscellany: The United States defended its baseball World Cup title with a 10-5 victory over Cuba in Nettuno, Italy, a win that was powered by four RBIs from Lucas May, including a three-run home run.

The U.S. team, consisting entirely of Triple-A and Double-A players, finished with 14 straight wins after opening the competition with a loss to Venezuela.

The Americans also beat the Cubans in the 2007 final, snapping their run of nine consecutive titles.

The U.S. set up the victory by rallying for six runs off three Cuban pitchers to snap a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning.

U.S. first baseman Justin Smoak, a Texas Rangers prospect, led the U.S. with nine home runs and 22 RBIs to earn the tournament’s MVP award.

The Americans’ No. 9 hitter, second baseman Tug Hulett, hit a solo homer to right in the fifth, but Ariel Borrero had a two-run homer for Cuba in the sixth to tie it at 4-4.

Evans wins at road worlds: Cadel Evans of Australia got the biggest win of his career, breaking free on the final climb to win the men’s race at cycling’s road world championships.

The two-time Tour de France runner-up finished in an unofficial time of 6 hours, 56 minutes, 26 seconds on the 162.9-mile course.

Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia crossed 27 seconds behind to take silver, beating Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez in a sprint finish.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara was in contention on the final lap, but finished fifth as he sought a historic gold medal double after winning the time trial on Thursday.

Mungara wins Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara successfully defended his title in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 31.9 seconds — the fastest time ever in a Canadian marathon.

Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena won the women’s title in 2:28:30.4.

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