LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – The New York Giants’ lead in the NFC East is down to one game over Washington and Dallas after Robert Griffin III third tossed a go-ahead touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon in the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ 17-16 win over the G-Men. Griffin ran five times for 72 yards to break Cam Newton’s NFL record for a rookie quarterback. He also was 13-of-21 for 163 yards as the Redskins improved to 6-6.
UNDATED (AP) – San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says that Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nik) will remain the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Miami despite an overtime loss to the Rams on Sunday. And Eagles coach Andy Reid said Nick Foles will remain the starter for the rest of the season, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The New York Yankees will open the 2013 season without third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will undergo hip surgery that could sideline him until the All-Star break. Rodriguez hit .272 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs in 122 games during the 2012 regular season before going just .120 in 25 postseason at-bats. This will be Rodriguez’s sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Free-agent Mike Napoli (NAP’-oh-lee) and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The 31-year-old catcher hit just .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year after batting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs in 2011.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The San Francisco Giants and free agent center fielder Angel Pagan have reached agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract. The 31-year-old Pagan batted .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and a San Francisco-best 15 triples in his first season with the Giants.