SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss at least three months after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, leaving the struggling team without its top player for over half the season. Curry was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Suns, driving to the basket and landing on both hands before Aron Baynes landed on Curry’s left hand. Curry underwent surgery Friday on the hand and second metacarpal of his index finger.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ The Denver Broncos have placed veteran quarterback Joe Flacco on injured reserve and promoted rookie QB Brett Rypien (RIH’-pehn) from their practice squad to back up new starter Brandon Allen. Coach Vic Fangio said even though Flacco doesn’t need surgery on the herniated disk in his neck, it would take six weeks for him to recover and another week or two to get ready. Flacco was sacked 26 times this season behind Denver’s porous offensive line, including a career-high eight against Kansas City two weeks ago.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) _ Josh Gordon has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks after being released off injured reserve by the New England Patriots. Gordon was among New England’s leading receivers this season, with 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown through six games. But he was placed on injured reserve last week with knee and ankle injuries.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Carlos Beltrán is coming back to the New York Mets, this time as their manager. A person familiar with the Mets’ decision told The Associated Press that Beltrán was chosen to take over for Mickey Callaway, who was let go last month after two seasons and a 163-161 record. Beltrán spent this season as an adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and returns to the Mets with no major league managing experience since retire a player after the 2017 season.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ NASCAR Cup contender Denny Hamlin says he has a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will require offseason surgery. Hamlin said Friday he has had shoulder issues for years, and really doesn’t know what caused them. He said it hasn’t affected his driving and wasn’t aggravated last weekend when he got horse-collared and pulled to the ground by a member of Joey Logano’s crew in a scuffle after the Martinsville race.