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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Wheelchairs used for basketball games have been stolen from a trailer at a Cedar Rapids YMCA parking lot.

More than a dozen wheelchairs belonging to SportAbility of Iowa were in the trailer, which was taken over the weekend from the Stoney Point YMCA lot.

The wheelchairs are used by the Iowa Chariots, whose team members have little or no use of their legs. Jayden Barrett is a director of SportAbility, and says the wheelchairs were bought with donated money. The chairs cost $3,000 to $5,000 each.

Barrett told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG the Chariots team performs during halftime at basketball games to raise money. He's working with police to recover the stolen items, adding "in all honesty, I'd say take the trailer, just give us our chairs back."

Cowboys put Durant on IR, release 2 more

IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys have placed linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve and released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

Durant injured a hamstring in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, and the Cowboys played most of the game without their top four linebackers. Sean Lee's return is in question for the final two games because of a neck injury.

The Cowboys re-signed linebacker Orie Lemon and released running back George Winn from the practice squad Tuesday.

Colts put LB Angerer on injured reserve

INDIANAPOLIS - Colts linebacker Pat Angerer was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday.

Angerer was bothered all season by an undisclosed knee injury but continued to play despite the pain. When it became clear the injury was limiting Angerer's play, the Colts shut him down. Last year, Angerer made only three starts because of a foot injury. He finished the season with 87 tackles and one interception.

Hall of Fame to get Prater's coveted cleats

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Pro Football Hall of Fame will get the right cleat that Matt Prater wore when he kicked the longest field goal in history. Just not for a while: Prater said he'll give his cleats up after the season.

Bengals' Huber scheduled for surgery

CINCINNATI - Bengals punter Kevin Huber said he'll have surgery on Friday to repair his broken jaw, which was injured during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin hit him in the jaw with his helmet during a block on a punt return.

Money expert tapped for concussion case

PHILADELPHIA - A judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation has appointed a financial expert to advise her on the proposed $765 million settlement.

Perry Golkin, co-founder of Public Pension Capital Management in New York, will be a special master.

The NFL and retired players announced a deal in August that would cover 19,000 retired players.

L.A. man charged in coach prank calls

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man has been criminally charged in connection with prank phone calls to professional and college coaches about jobs.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 32-year-old Kenneth Edward Tarr was charged Tuesday with one felony count of eavesdropping for allegedly making illegal recordings of more than a half-dozen calls.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed vs. Hernandez

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been sued by the family of a Boston man he's accused of killing.

The Fall-River Herald-News reports the wrongful death lawsuit was filed this week in county court in New Bedford. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player.

Judge rules testimony out in Penn St. case

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A judge wants prosecutors and lawyers for three former Penn State administrators to make their case in writing as he considers what to do about claims the defendants' legal rights were violated.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled Tuesday that the defendants could not call to the stand Cynthia Baldwin, who accompanied the men to grand jury appearances in 2011 and then testified against them.

Arena Football, ESPN agree to deal

CHICAGO - ESPN and the Arena Football League have agreed to a multiyear deal beginning in 2014. The network will be granted rights to more than 10 regular-season and postseason games each year, including the ArenaBowl and one conference championship game.

BASEBALL

Source: Cubs, Jose Veras near $4M contract

CHICAGO - A person familiar with the situation said the Chicago Cubs and reliever Jose Veras were closing in on a $4 million, one-year contract. The person spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal with the 33-year-old was pending a physical.

Veras would get $3.85 million next season, and the Cubs have a $5.5 million option for 2014 with a $150,000 buyout. He can make an additional $750,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games finished.

Source: Roberts, Yankees agree to contract

NEW YORK - A person familiar with the negotiations says second baseman Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a physical. An All-Star in 2005 and 2007, the 36-year-old Roberts has not played a full season since 2009 because of injuries.

Tanaka wants to pursue MLB career

TOKYO - Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn't want to let him go. Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League during the regular season. He will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season and can move to MLB only if the Eagles agree to post him.

AUTO RACING

Bobby Labonte to enter Daytona 500

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Bobby Labonte will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 for Phoenix Racing. The 2000 NASCAR champion will be making his attempt in a second entry for the team recently acquired by Harry Scott from long-time owner James Finch. Scott is fielding one full-time car for Justin Allgaier.

The Associated Press

 

December 18, 2013
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