AP Sports Minute: Packers shelve Rodgers…Sun Devils stay perfect…No tax break for Dodgers…Rangers’ Perez hurt
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have put quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after they were eliminated from playoff contention with Monday’s win by the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers missed seven games after breaking his right collarbone Oct. 15 against Minnesota. He returned on Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns and three interceptions as the Packers lost 31-24 at Carolina.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Third-ranked Arizona State has continued the longest season-opening winning streak in program history. Tra Holder dropped in 20 points and the Sun Devils improved to 11-0 with a 95-61 pounding of Longwood. De’Quon Lake scored 16 points for the Sun Devils, who were playing their first game since climbing as high as third in the AP poll for the first time ever.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay baseball’s highest luxury tax for the fourth straight year, owing $36.2 million after winning the National League pennant last season. The New York Yankees owe $15.7 million, marking the 15th consecutive year they are paying a luxury tax. The Giants have the third-highest tax bill at $4.1 million, and the Tigers are fourth at $3.7 million after both teams finished last in their respective divisions.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers left-hander Martin Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season. General manager Jon Daniels said Perez told him he was startled by a bull and fell on the elbow. Perez was 13-12 with a 4.82 ERA in a team-high 32 starts this year.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — News organizations including Newsday are reporting the New York Islanders have won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont. The Isles submitted a bid in September with partners including the owners of the New York Mets and Madison Square Garden to develop a new arena at Belmont. An official announcement is expected today.