WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is eyeing the team’s Dec. 6 game in Sacramento as his possible return, saying he’s looking forward to three practices in the four days before that game. Bryant hasn’t played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon. He is traveling with the Lakers but won’t play during the team’s three-game road trip that began tonight in Washington.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have added depth by signing free-agent utilityman Skip Schumaker (SHOO’-mah-kur) to a two-year, $3 million package. The 33-year-old Schumaker batted .263 in 125 games for the Dodgers last season with two homers and 30 RBIs, playing second base and all three outfield spots.
UNDATED (AP) — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a collarbone injury on Nov. 4. The 5-5-1 Packers have been winless since his injury. Coach Mike McCarthy says Matt Flynn took the starter reps on Tuesday, and both Flynn and Scott Tolzien (tohl-ZEEN’) are preparing for the key NFC North game against Detroit.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named Philadelphia’s starter for the rest of the season. He replaced the injured Michael Vick during the Oct. 27 loss to the Giants and has spurred a turn-around for the 6-5 Eagles.
UNDATED (AP) — Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond has been suspended by the NFL for the team’s next four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. And the league has upheld the one-game suspension of Titans safety Michael Griffin as a repeat offender of the league’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.