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-Will Ben Roethlisberger return this week against the Chargers?
-The Bengals placed wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (foot) on injured reserve.
-The Patriots placed wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot) on injured reserve.
-The Texans signed former Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt.
-The Dolphins placed offensive lineman Jake Long (triceps) on injured reserve.
-Packers running back James Starks is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
-The Lions placed wide receiver Titus Young (knee) on injured reserve.
-The Seahawks placed guard James Carpenter (foot) on injured reserve and waived wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
-A hamstring injury could sideline Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for several weeks.
-The Cardinals released tight end Todd Heap.
-Sidney Crosby and Ron Burkle spearhead progress in meetings between the NHL and NHLPA last night.
-Crosby and Craig Adams were among the 18 players who represented the NHLPA.
-Burkle and Mario Lemieux have had talks with Crosby and his agent, Pat Brisson, in the past few weeks on how to resolve the lockout.
-Lemieux and CEO David Morehouse are expected to attend a board of governors meeting in New York.
-Forward prospect Anton Zlobin was invited to Russia's selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championships. Additionally, forward prospect Teddy Blueger will compete for Latvia.
-Deryk Engelland was held without a point for Rosenborg Elite in a 3-1 win against Vålerenga Hockey in Norway's Get Ligaen.
-Former Penguins forward Kris Beech has joined AIK of Sweden's Elitserien.
-Forwards J.T. Miller, Vince Trocheck, Riley Barber and goaltender John Gibson, all local players, were chosen for the United States' selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championships.
-The City Game rivalry between Duquesne and Pitt isn't what it used to be.
-No. 3 Missouri got 20 points from Trey Burke in a 73-41 rout of Western Michigan.
-Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points for No. 5 Louisville in an 80-38 trouncing of College of Charleston.
-Nick Johnson scored 23 points for No. 8 Arizona which beat Southern Miss, 63-55.
-Laurence Bowers had 26 points for No. 12 Missouri which defeated Southeast Missouri State, 81-65.
-No. 13 Illinois got 13 points from D.J. Richardson in a 72-64 win against Western Carolina.
-Andre Hollins had 22 points for No. 14 Minnesota in an 88-64 win against South Dakota State.
-Otto Porter scored 14 points for No. 15 Georgetown which beat Texas, 64-41.
-Anthony Bennett had 18 points for No. 21 UNLV which defeated Portland, 68-60.
-No. 25 North Carolina State got 13 points from Richard Howell in a 69-65 win against Connecticut.
-Paul Chryst moves to shoot down any rumors connecting him with a return to Wisconsin.
-The Wisconsin job became open after Bret Bielema bolted to take the Arkansas gig.
-Boston College hired former Temple coach Steve Addazio.
-Darrell Hazell leaves Kent State to become Purdue's head coach.
-The Giants re-signed second baseman Marco Scutaro to a thee-year deal worth $20 million.
-The Rockies acquired pitcher Wilton Lopez from the Astros in exchange for pitching prospects Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
-The Nationals agreed to terms with former Angels pitcher Dan Haren.
-The Rays acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Marlins in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich.
-The Rangers signed former Royals pitcher Joakim Soria to a two-year contract.
-The Red Sox signed former Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino to a three-year deal worth $39 million.
(Photo: Roethlisberger-Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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