Around the Nation (Nov. 26): Browns QB Weeden being treated for concussion

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden being treated for concussion

BEREA -- Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is being treated for a concussion and it's not yet known if he'll play this week at Oakland.

Weeden was injured in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh. He was replaced by backup Colt McCoy, who would play against the Raiders if Weeden is not cleared.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden was at the team's facility Monday and is going through the "strict concussion protocol." Shurmur would not say if Weeden did any physical activity. Shurmur would not predict if Weeden will be able to play and said he'll know more about his status Wednesday.

Weeden banged his head on teammate Joe Thomas' leg as he fell awkwardly in the fourth quarter. McCoy came in for Cleveland's final two series.

NFL: No suspension for Suh's low blow

DETROIT -- The NFL has decided not to suspend Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his actions against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

League spokesman Greg Aiello announced the decision Monday on his Twitter account, adding the "incident' will be reviewed for a potential fine.

Suh's left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area after he threw a pass in the first quarter of last Thursday's game. The defensive tackle was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman and extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt.

Suh was suspended for two games a year ago after he was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a game on Thanksgiving.

NFL suspends Bucs CB Eric Wright for PEDs

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Wright is the second Tampa Bay starter disciplined for using Adderall. Cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended Oct. 13 for four games and subsequently traded to the New England Patriots while serving the ban.

Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Bucs as a free agent in March. He started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out Sunday's loss to Atlanta because of an Achilles tendon injury.

The player issued a statement through his agent saying he took Adderall "at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing."

Wright appealed the discipline, which was upheld by the NFL.

Dolphins' DB Amaya arrested, accused of choking cab driver

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins defensive back Jonathon Amaya has been charged with battery after police say he choked a taxi driver.

A Miami Beach Police report shows Amaya was arrested early Monday morning. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

The report says Amaya offered the taxi driver $100 to take him from Miami Beach to Weston. The driver told police Amaya became aggressive, so he turned around the car and asked him to get out. The driver said Amaya then leaned forward, wrapped his hands around the driver's neck and starting choking him. Officers saw the taxi driving erratically and heard the driver scream "this man is trying to kill me."

Police escorted Amaya out of the car and he was later arrested. The driver wasn't injured.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wisconsin's Ball leads All-Big Ten selections

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Career touchdown leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected the Big Ten's top running back for the second straight year and was a first-team all-conference pick by both the coaches and media.

The announcement Monday came two days after he became the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdowns. He set the record with his 79th TD when he scored on a 17-yard run Saturday against Penn State.

With 1,528 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns this season, it was hardly a surprise that the coaches and media both picked Ball. They also went with conference rushing leader Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State (1,648 yards), but they were split at quarterback.

The media went with Ohio State's Braxton Miller and the coaches choosing Nebraska's Taylor Martinez.

BASEBALL

Nolan Ryan to serve up beef cookbook in 2014

NEW YORK -- A new book by baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan will be a bit of a sizzler.

The game's all-time strikeout king is also a longtime Texas rancher and has compiled dozens of his favorite recipes for "The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook." Little, Brown and Co. announced Monday that the book is scheduled for May 2014.

The 65-year-old Ryan also plans to work in a few baseball stories, from his years pitching for the New York Mets, California Angels and other teams to his current job as CEO and president of the Texas Rangers. His previous books include the memoirs "Miracle Man" and "Throwing Heat."

Athletics sell infielder Brandon Hicks to Mets

NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics have sold infielder Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets.

The 27-year-old was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on March 13 and hit .172 with three homers and seven RBIs in 22 games. He also hit .244 with 18 homers and 61 RBI at Triple-A Sacramento.

The trade was announced Monday.

Giants' World Series share a record $377K

NEW YORK -- A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.

In the first year of the expansion of the playoffs from eight teams to 10, the players' pool was a record $65.36 million, Major League Baseball said Monday. The previous mark of $59.1 million came in 2009.

The Giants split $23.5 million, voting 50 full shares, partial shares equivalent to another 11.1, and 12 cash awards. All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, suspended for the final 45 games of the regular season and the division series, automatically received a full share without his teammates having to make a decision.

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