Weekend Sports in Brief


COLUMBIA, Mo. - Long-simmering protests at the University of Missouri over matters of race and discrimination got a boost over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the university system's president is removed.

For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white, 35,000-student flagship campus of the four-college system. Frustrations flared during a homecoming parade Oct. 10 when black protesters blocked system President Tim Wolfe's car and he would not get out and talk to them. They were removed by police.

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On Saturday night, black members of the football team joined the outcry. The athletes did not say explicitly whether they would boycott the team's three remaining games this season. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Brigham Young University at Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and canceling it could cost the school more than $1 million.

Head football coach Gary Pinkel expressed solidarity on Twitter, posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms. The tweet said: ''The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players.''

Practice and other team activities were canceled Sunday.

UNDATED - Clemson is the new No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll, knocking Ohio State from the top spot for the first time this season.

The Tigers are top-ranked in the AP media poll for the first time since the final poll of the 1981 season, when Clemson won its only AP national title.

The Tigers (9-0) received 31 first-place votes and 1,489 points after beating Florida State 23-13 on Saturday. Ohio State (9-0) had 26 first-place votes and 1,460 points. The defending national champions have been first since the preseason, when they became the first team to be a unanimous preseason No. 1 in the 79-year history of the AP rankings.

No. 3 Alabama (8-1) climbed four spot and got two first place votes. No. 4 Baylor also received two first-place votes.


UNDATED - Making his second start since returning from a knee injury, Ben Roethlisberger injured his left foot midway through the fourth quarter of a 38-35 win against Oakland. He was taken to the locker room on a cart and the Steelers announced Roethlisberger eventually left Heinz Field to undergo further evaluation.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger needs an MRI and didn't have any further update.

Roethlisberger missed four games after he sprained his left knee in Week 3. He was hurt on a sack by Oakland's Aldon Smith and stayed on the ground for several minutes. Roethlisberger hopped off the field, putting all of his weight on his right leg and was helped to the sideline by teammates. He needed a cart to get to the locker room.

The Vikings also lost their quarterback in a win. Teddy Bridgewater sustained a concussion in Minnesota's 21-18 overtime victory over St. Louis.


NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey winger Jordin Tootoo said Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows made disparaging comments about his ''personal life and family'' during the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory.

Tootoo, the first Inuit player to make it to the NHL, said Burrows made the comments while they were serving penalties in the second period.

Tootoo said the remarks were ''classless and unacceptable in this day and age.'' He said he challenged Burrows to a fight and Burrows declined. Tootoo did fight Derek Dorsett.

The 32-year-old Tootoo entered the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program in December 2010 because of an alcohol problem. His brother, minor-league hockey player Terence, committed suicide in 2002 following an arrest for drunk driving.

''I have no respect for that guy,'' Tootoo said about Burrows. ''Nor should the NHL. They shouldn't tolerate stuff like that.''

Burrows talked to the media at the same time Tootoo was speaking, and wasn't available later to respond to Tootoo's comments.


STORRS, Conn. - UConn used its final exhibition game of the season to experiment with the rules, using the larger basketball used for men's games, a 24-second shot clock and the international 3-point line distance.

UConn got a special waiver from the NCAA to try many changes, including a wider lane. Two NCAA rules officials watched and planned to bring film of the game back to rules committee for discussion.

UConn easily beat Vanguard University 98-18.

The teams seemed to have a tough time shooting with the bigger basketball. UConn hit just two of its first eight shots, and those baskets were layups. The teams were a combined 8 of 39 from 3-point range, including 1 of 18 from behind the arc in the first half.


NEW YORK - Lakers coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant recently told him for the first time that this could be his last season.

Scott says he was talking to Bryant about another subject he wouldn't disclose when he says Bryant revealed that he might choose to retire next summer.

Scott said: ''Bottom line is he said this might be his last year.''

That wouldn't be a surprise. The 37-year-old Bryant is in the final year of his contract and is shooting just 32 percent while trying to regain his form after a series of injuries in recent seasons.

The Lakers lost Sunday to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, where Bryant scored his first career point in 1996 and where he holds the opponent single-game record with 61 points. He had 18 points Sunday.