NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets are hoping Matt Harvey can avoid Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks. Harvey is the key piece of the Mets’ rebuilding project, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a National League-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings.
UNDATED (AP) – NFL general managers are busy as they try to get down to tomorrow’s 75-man roster limit. Among the veterans released today are Washington receiver Donte’ Stallworth, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards and running back Joe McKnight, Bucs receiver Derek Hagan and fullback Spencer Larsen, Patriots linebacker Niko Koutovides (koh-toh-VEE’-dehs) and Browns receiver Jordan Norwood. Meanwhile, the Giants activated defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from the physically unable to perform list.
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton for three games for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Felton made the Pro Bowl last season after blocking for many of teammate Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 yards rushing. Jets running back Mike Goodson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
NEW YORK (AP) – Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch), seventh seed Roger Federer and women’s No. 2 Victoria Azarenka highlight today’s schedule at the U.S. Open. Other high seeds in action today include fifth seed Tomas Berdych and 10th seed Milos Raonic on the men’s side, and fourth seed Sara Errani and No. 7 Petra Kvitova (KVIH’-toh-vah) in the women’s bracket. Yesterday’s winners included Rafael Nadal, Serena and Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAYS’-kah rahd-WAHN’-skah), Li Na (lee nah), Angelique Kerber and Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY’-nah YANK’-oh-vihch).
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Kurt Busch has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing for next season, telling The Associated Press he’s grateful to team co-owner Gene Haas for the opportunity. The 2004 champion joins a team that includes co-owner Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick.