NFL

Torn ACL, surgery end

season for 49ers' Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season.

The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

The 49ers (1-2) now must turn again to C.J. Beathard at quarterback.

Garoppolo will undergo surgery in the next week or two after the swelling goes down and should be ready to play again next season. The 49ers are planning to promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad and also will bring several veterans in for tryouts this week.

Rams cornerback Talib

likely will have surgery

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib could miss a significant amount of time because of an ankle injury.

Rams coach Sean McVay said Talib will likely need surgery to repair the injury he sustained in the second half of the Rams' 35-23 win over the Chargers on Sunday.

Steelers' DeCastro still out

after breaking right hand

The Pittsburgh Steelers were without All-Pro guard David DeCastro and right tackle Marcus Gilbert for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. DeCastro was out for the second straight week while recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh's Week 1 tie against Cleveland.

Dolphins' Spence describes

fight that led to ejection

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence says he was trying to protect himself in a fight that led to his ejection for ripping off an opponent's helmet.

Spence was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Oakland following his skirmish with guard Kelechi Osemele.

Hall of Famer McDonald

dies; helped win title

Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound McDonald became the smallest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

At his induction speech in Canton on Aug. 1, 1998, McDonald told jokes and tossed his 25-pound bronze bust in the air. He pulled out a radio and danced to disco music — all on the steps of the hallowed hall.

OTHER SPORTS

FIFA crowns Modric

best player of season

Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world soccer player of the year by FIFA. Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

 

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