Compiled from wire reports

NFL

Hall of fame names?first-year nominees

?Defensive linemen Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp are among 13 National Football League players named first-year nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With eligibility requiring that players be retired for five seasons, kicker Morten Andersen and quarterback Steve McNair, who died in 2009, also were among those nominated for the first time at the Canton shrine.

Other new nominees include guard Larry Allen, a six-time All-Pro; running back Priest Holmes; defensive linemen Sam Adams, Ted Washington and Bryant Young; safety John Lynch; offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden; wide receiver Keenan McCardell; and center Tom Nalen.

There are 127 nominees for the halls 2013 class, including 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors. The group will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. The final class will be selected Feb. 2.

Strahan, 40, was a four-time All-Pro who played his entire career with the New York Giants. His 141.5 sacks are fifth since the statistic was first kept in 1982. He had a record 22.5 sacks in 2001.

Sapp, 39, a four-time All-Pro who played his first nine years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and final four with the Oakland Raiders, retired in 2007 with 96.5 sacks.

Andersen, 52, played from 1982 to 2007, including his first 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints and eight with the Atlanta Falcons. A three-time All-Pro, Andersens 2,544 points and 382 games are the most in NFL history.

McNair, who played from 1995 to 2007, was killed by his girlfriend in a murder-suicide in July 2009. A three-time Pro Bowl player, he was named the Most Valuable Player by AP in 2003 while a member of the Tennessee Titans.

The San Diego Chargers will have a new kicker today in Kansas City, with the team saying regular kicker Nate Kaeding (groin) didnt make the trip for the game. The team was expected to sign Nick Novak and announce a corresponding move.

The New York Giants will be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (swollen knee) for tonights game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants will likely start either Domenik Hixon (University of Akron) or Ramses Barden.

?The New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Matt Tennant, who was with the team earlier in September after being cut by the New Orleans Saints near the end of training camp. Tennant spent two seasons with the Saints as their backup center and guard.

?The Denver Broncos placed second-year safety Quinton Carter on injured reserve after he hurt his surgically repaired left knee last weekend. The Broncos promoted rookie safety Duke Ihenacho from their practice squad to take his place for tonights game against Oakland.

?Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) will miss todays game for the Oakland Raiders in Denver with injuries.

TENNIS

Petrova wins title?at Pan Pacific Open

Russias Nadia Petrova beat defending champion Agnieska Radwanska 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Radwanska double faulted twice in the eighth game of the last set when Petrova broke her to go ahead 5-3 before winning the match in the next game with a smash to the corner.

Gilles Simon upset top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 to set up an all-French final against Richard Gasquet at the Thailand Open in Bangkok. Gasquet rallied to beat Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Second-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina outlasted Kei Nishikori of Japan, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4) to reach the final of the Malaysian Open. The 11th-ranked Monaco will face either top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain or Frances Julien Benneteau today.

OTHER

Joaquin Rodriguez?wins race in Italy

Cyclist Joaquin Rodriguez won the Giro di Lombardia with a late solo breakaway in the rain in Lecco, Italy, at the top of the UCI rankings. The Spaniard clocked 6 hours, 36 minutes, 27 seconds in the grueling 156-mile race. Fellow Spaniard Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel finished second, nine seconds behind. Rigoberto Uran Uran of Colombia crossed third, also nine seconds back.

Candace Parker scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Sparks closed out their WNBA Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Silver Stars 101-94. Kristi Tolliver added 23 points, Alana Beard 17 and DeLisha Milton-Jones 10 for the Sparks (25-10). Sophia Young had 23 points for host San Antonio (21-14). Los Angeles will face the winner of the Minnesota-Seattle series.

Retired superstar horse Zenyatta was honored with a life-sized bronze statue unveiled at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. The mares owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, attended the debut of the 1,200-pound statue. Fans chanted horse of a lifetime after the tarp came off.

From wire reports