Update on the latest in sports:
Monday night football
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Giants are at San Francisco in Monday night football tonight.
The Giants (1-7) and San Francisco (2-7) have the second-lowest combined winning percentage (.176) for a “Monday Night Football” game played Nov. 1 or later. The lowest is .167 for the 3-9 Jets vs. the 1-11 Chargers in 1975 that featured Hall of Fame QBs Joe Namath and Dan Fouts.
The Giants have started 1-7 for the second straight year.
New York only had two seasons that bad after eight games before last season: 0-8 in 1976, 1-7 in 1980.
QB Nick Mullens makes his second start for the 49ers.
Louisville fires Petrino
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.
The school announced Petrino’s dismissal Sunday morning with statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who said he “did not have the confidence” the coach could turn things around next season. The change “needs to start happening now.” Tyra said a new head coach would be chosen soon to “restore our football program to national prominence.”
Louisville (2-8) lost 54-23 at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday night, dropping to 0-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Petrino departs with a 77-35 mark in two stints with Louisville.
Tentative settlement reached in NHL concussions lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The NHL and attorneys for retired players say a tentative settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought against the league over head injuries.
The league and players’ lawyers announced today a tentative non-class settlement after months of court-ordered mediation. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota and by far the biggest facing the league, involved more than 100 former players who accused the NHL of failing to better prevent head trauma or warn players of risks while promoting violent play that led to their injuries.
The total monetary value of the lawsuit was not disclosed by either party. It is expected to be far less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the NFL and its former players on the same issue.
The NHL said it does not acknowledge any liability for any of the players’ claims. A spokesman said there would be no comment until after the opt-in period of 75 days for players.
MLB All-Stars visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) – Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball’s All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park today.
Mattingly laid a wreath at the cenotaph in the park which commemorates the victims of the atomic bombings in 1945.
The MLB All-Stars are in Japan for a six-game exhibition series against Japan’s national team. Game 4 will be on Tuesday in Hiroshima, marking the first time MLB has played in the city.
Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners joined Mattingly and Maeda at the visit.
Maeda, who played for the Hiroshima Carp before signing with the Dodgers, will start Game 4 in his former home park.
Japan won the first two games of the tour. The MLB squad won 7-3 on Sunday for its first win.