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DETROIT (AP) -- A picture of Jim Leyland's face stared out from the video board at an empty Comerica Park, next to that familiar Olde English ''D'' and a message that said simply: ''Thank You Jim.''

Leyland stepped down after eight seasons managing the Tigers, including three division titles and two American League pennants. His voice cracking at times, his hands wiping away tears at others, he announced his departure two days after Detroit was eliminated by Boston in the AL championship series.

Leyland made his managerial debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, and from Barry Bonds to Miguel Cabrera, he's managed some of the sport's biggest stars and been involved in some of baseball's most memorable games over the past quarter-century.

NEW YORK (AP) - Blocked from holding a news conference to present a person they described as a ''major league baseball whistleblower,'' Alex Rodriguez's lawyers asked that the rest of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game drug suspension be opened to the public.

Rodriguez's legal team called a 5 p.m. news conference at the midtown Manhattan office of Reed Smith, one of the law firms representing the New York Yankees third baseman. More than an hour later, Reed Smith partner James McCarroll read from a piece of paper and said arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued an order restraining them from ''conducting any press conference or briefing regarding the subject matter of the hearing.''

The lawyers would not say whether the ''whistleblower'' worked for Major League Baseball, one of its teams or some other affiliate.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Mattingly said his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers' first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn't sure he'll be back as manager next season.

He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal. Mattingly's option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team has yet to say anything about his future.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Mattingly's status would be ''resolved very quickly.'' But it was apparent while Mattingly talked that he would like a multiyear deal.

PRO FOOTBALL

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather's dangerous habit of leading with his helmet will cost him two games, the latest sanction from a league determined to make the game safer by discouraging blows to the head.

The NFL announced that Meriweather will be suspended for this week's game against the Denver Broncos and the following game against the San Diego Chargers, a severe blow to a struggling defense as the Redskins try to recover from their poor start to the season.

Meriweather has the right to appeal. If he does, an expedited hearing will be held this week and a ruling issued before the Broncos game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.

The team announced Adams had died, saying he ''passed away peacefully from natural causes.''

The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn't get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl that Adams had spent more than three decades pursuing.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sam Bradford is done for the season, and the burden for the St. Louis Rams has just become a whole lot bigger.

The quarterback will have will have season-ending surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee, a major blow to a team seeking its first winning record in a decade. He was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-15 loss at Carolina that dropped the Rams to 3-4.

The extent of the injury was revealed on an MRI exam late Sunday after the return flight, and the team announced the results the following day.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears were already losing games. Now they're going to be without their most important players on both sides of the ball.

Injured quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks of the season and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks, staggering blows for a struggling team.

The Bears announced the news a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins, forcing the Bears to go with veteran Josh McCown. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his left shoulder. Neither player will need surgery.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts' victory over Peyton Manning came at a hefty price.

Andrew Luck lost his favorite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season.

News of Wayne's injury hit hard at the team complex as Luck blamed himself for putting Wayne in harm's way with a low, underthrown ball late in the game against Denver.

Wayne, who was not hit on the play, immediately clutched his right knee and stayed on the ground for several minutes as Luck, longtime friend Antoine Bethea, other teammates and a group of trainers gathered around.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday.

Grambling players stood behind Smith during a press conference outside of the Eddie Robinson Museum on campus. Smith said the entire team was present and that the vote to return to the field was ''100 percent.''

Grambling's players staged the boycott because of many issues with university leaders, including the school's rundown facilities, long bus trips to road games and personnel decisions.

Grambling President Frank Pogue said players would not face any repercussions for the boycott, and that the national attention would help publicize the funding plight for historically black colleges and universities like Grambling.

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