Lakers' Nash out for season due to back

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Instead, Nash couldn't even make it to opening night in the 19th season of his remarkable career.

Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt.

3 Peyton-to-Sanders TDs key Broncos' win

DENVER (AP) With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up.

Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. (MORE)

Cutler: Marshall did not single me out

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler insisted receiver Brandon Marshall did not single out him or anyone else during his outburst following last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

"He didn't come near me," Cutler said Thursday. "He didn't say my name. I don't think he attacked anyone personally (with) what he was saying." (MORE)

Braves name Hart prez, GM search ends

ATLANTA (AP) John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.

With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren't looking for a general manager. The 66-year-old Hart agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County. (MORE)

Titans rookie QB Mettenberger to start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday. The coach said this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do with the Titans struggling at 2-5. (MORE)

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