LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nik) outplayed Robert Griffin III as the San Francisco 49ers beat Washington 27-6. Kaepernick threw for 235 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions, while Griffin had just 127 passing yards, no TDs and one interception. Anquan Boldin had five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns as the Niners improved to 7-4, tying Arizona for the final NFC wild-card berth.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali had an MRI exam on his sprained left ankle that has come back better than expected, while fellow linebacker Justin Houston had an MRI exam on his left elbow postponed because of swelling. Both were injured in Sunday’s loss to San Diego. Coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say whether his top two pass rushers would be available for Sunday’s game against Denver.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension that runs through his 20th season with the franchise. ESPN reported the deal is worth $48.5 million, keeping the five-time NBA champion among the league’s highest-paid players but lower than his $30.45 million salary this season. Bryant hasn’t played this season while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing successful surgery today to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He was hurt Friday night at Portland, losing his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defense. The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Chicago’s 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NHL players are claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined at trial and was filed just three months after the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems. The players are also seeking court-approved medical monitoring for their brain trauma and/or injuries, which they blame on their NHL careers.