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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says running back DeAngelo Williams is day to day after injuring his right leg in Sunday's regular-season finale at Cleveland. Williams tied for the NFL lead with 11 rushing touchdowns while filling in for Le'Veon (LEH'-vee-ahn) Bell, who is out for the season with a torn right knee ligament. If Williams can't play, the Steelers will give carries to Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint as they prepare for Saturday's AFC wild-card game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says it's possible Andy Dalton could be quarterback AJ McCarron's backup for Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against Pittsburgh. Dalton has the cast off his passing hand, just over three weeks after he broke his right thumb while making a tackle in a 33-20 loss to the Steelers. Dalton said today that he can move the thumb well, but he hasn't tried to throw.
UNDATED (AP) — Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Phillies first sacker Ryan Howard have filed defamation lawsuits in Washington against Al-Jazeera America over statements made in a documentary about performance-enhancing drugs in sports. The suit alleges that Charles Sly, a pharmacist who appeared in the documentary, made false statements when he said Zimmerman and Howard both took a human growth hormone. The documentary also suggested that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took HGH while recovering from neck surgery.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) has finalized his $7 million, one-year pact with the Indians after passing a physical and working out contract language. The 34-year old is expected to become the Indians everyday first baseman, with Carlos Santana serving as the designated hitter. Napoli has 204 career homers. Napoli hit .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs with Boston and Texas last year.
HELSINKI (AP) — Anders Bjork, Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK') and Ryan Donato each scored twice as the U.S. hammered Sweden 8-3 in the bronze medal game at the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki. The Americans pulled away with a four-goal second period as Brock Boeser, Donato, Brandon Carlo and Bjork scored to make it 6-2. Finland captured the gold medal by beating Russia 4-3 on Kasperi Kapanen's (kahs-PEHR'-ee KAP'-uh-nehnz) wraparound goal 1:33 into overtime. Finland erased a 2-1 deficit in the third period and went ahead 3-2 before the Russians forced OT on a goal with six seconds left in regulation.
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