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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am


Browns linebacker Kirksey placed on IR

Staff, news services

CLEVELAND – Christian Kirksey's season is already looking a lot like his 2018.

The Cleveland Browns placed their linebacker and defensive captain on injured reserve, a move that will sideline him for at least eight games. Kirksey missed the final seven games last season after he was put on IR with a hamstring injury.

Kirksey's loss is another shot to the Browns (1-1), who placed starting tight end David Njoku on IR with a broken right wrist on Friday. Cleveland could also be down several more starters – and maybe its entire secondary – for Sunday night's game against the high-powered Los Angeles Rams.

Kirksey is believed to have suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the second half of Monday night's 23-3 win over the New York Jets. It's still possible he'll have season-ending surgery.

Kirksey will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie linebacker Mack Wilson.


Sooners kicker gets arrested

Oklahoma kicker Calum Sutherland has been arrested on a public intoxication charge. Records from the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in Norman indicate the 19-year-old Sutherland was booked shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. Sheriff's spokeswoman Joy Hampton says Sutherland was released about three hours later. Further details weren't immediately available about bond. Online jail records didn't list details on an attorney representing Sutherland, who was arrested in Norman. The fifth-ranked Sooners were off Saturday.


Triplett leads in South Dakota

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kirk Triplett birdied the final hole for a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead with Ken Duke going into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions' Sanford International. Duke shot 65. This is the first time Duke has started the final round with at least a share of the lead in 488 starts in PGA Tour-sanctioned events. He and Triplett were at 6-under 134. Paul Goydos had a 65 and was one shot behind, while Colin Montgomerie (66) and Steve Flesch (65) were among those two shots behind.


Marathon mix-up

A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean. Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15. She decided to run 13 miles that day anyway, only on this side of the pond. The Boston Globe reported Pereira sent the race organizers a picture of her route from Worcester to Shrewsbury. The runner's fitness app showed she completed her own half marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes.


On the court

In St. Petersburg, Russia, Daniil Medvedev reached his fifth straight final, continuing his strong form after reaching the final of the U.S. Open. The top-seeded Russian beat qualifier Egor Gerasimov 7-5, 7-5 in front of his home crowd in Russia and will play Borna Coric in Sunday's final. In August, Medvedev reached finals in Washington, D.C., Montreal and Cincinnati, winning only in Cincinnati, then lost the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal on Sept. 8. Fourth-seeded Coric beat Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach his first final since losing to Novak Djokovic in Shanghai 11 months ago. ...

In Geneva, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won their singles matches to help Team Europe retain its lead over Team World on Day2 of the Laver Cup. Using some court-side coaching from Nadal, Federer rallied late and raised his game in the decisive super-tiebreaker to beat Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-7 in the afternoon session. Nadal opened the evening session by beating Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (1), and was quickly back on court partnering Stefanos Tsitsipas in the day's doubles rubber. The world team trails 7-5.