November 27, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Quinn, out for season, 'was willing to risk' injury


Brady Quinn waited his whole life to make the NFL and then 1 1/2 years more for his first start for the Cleveland Browns. And then, it was gone. Quinn's season ended officially yesterday after just three starts, done in by a broken right index finger that he tried to play with Sunday and might now require surgery. Quinn could have sat out against the Houston Texans, but the second-year quarterback chose to play and did more damage to his finger. "That was something that I was willing to risk," said Quinn, who must decide whether to have surgery or have his finger immobilized in a splint. Either way, Quinn won't play again this season. Cleveland put him on injured reserve last night. With Quinn out, Derek Anderson, a former Raven, is back as the starting quarterback for the 4-7 Browns. However, Anderson's days in Cleveland appear numbered. Coach Romeo Crennel, who might not be back next season, said Quinn will be his starter going into training camp in 2009.

Ravens: : A federal judge has dismissed a Baltimore artist's lawsuit, which argued that the Ravens are unfairly profiting from a logo he designed in 1995. Frederick E. Bouchat, a security guard from South Baltimore, filed suit in February, alleging that the Ravens copied their original logo from an image he created and continued to show the logo in video clips from the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons. He asked the judge to return all film and copies of the logo to him so he could destroy them. Bouchat also named NFL Films, the NFL and The Baltimore Sun as defendants in the case because all three sell videos or photographs depicting the logo. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis dismissed the charges against all defendants, noting that the "flying B" logo was an "inconsequential" component in depicting action from the Ravens' first three seasons.


Giants: : Kicker Lawrence Tynes has asked the Bush administration to commute a lengthy sentence given to his brother for distributing marijuana. Tynes maintains that the 27-year sentence that his brother Mark is serving in a federal facility in Arkansas was excessive for the crime.

Redskins: : Linebacker London Fletcher wasn't able to practice because of a sprained foot, putting his streak of 130 consecutive NFL starts in jeopardy.

Ovechkin's hat trick helps Capitals end skid


Alex Ovechkin had his sixth career hat trick and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals stop a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. Eric Fehr and Viktor Kozlov added goals for Washington. The injury-hampered Capitals needed Ovechkin's help because they were missing seven players from their roster. Chris Clark (stress fracture of forearm), Jeff Schultz (broken finger), Boyd Gordon (back) and John Erskine (undisclosed) were hurt Monday night in a loss to the Minnesota Wild. They joined Alexander Semin (back), Mike Green (shoulder) and Sergei Fedorov (ankle), each of whom has been out with injuries. Schultz will be out four to six weeks, while Clark is expected to miss at least three weeks. The rest are considered day-to-day.

Obituary:: Armand "Bep" Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game, for the Boston Bruins, and later coached Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82. He died Monday in Barrie, Ontario.

No. 1 North Carolina captures Maui title

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Tyler Hansbrough, the reigning National Player of the Year who had played in only two games this season because of leg injuries, had 34 points to lead top-ranked North Carolina (6-0) to a 102-87 win over No. 8 Notre Dame (4-1) in the championship game of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. The title was the Tar Heels' third in the tournament's 25 years, second to Duke's four.

More college basketball:: Damion James had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 6 Texas (4-1) to a 70-57 victory over Oregon (3-3) in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and No. 10 Purdue (5-0) won, 71-64, over Boston College (3-2) in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. ... Blake Griffin had 32 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 11 Oklahoma (5-0) to a 77-67 win over Alabama-Birmingham (4-1) in the other NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal.

College football:: Florida State freshmen wide receivers Bert Reed and Cameron Wade were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a campus fight two weeks ago. They were released after posting bond. They were suspended Nov. 15 against Boston College and won't be punished further, coach Bobby Bowden said.

More college football:: Yale coach Jack Siedlecki said he is retiring after 12 years but will stay at the university to become assistant athletic director.

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