Tucker sends Ravens past Lions
Justin Tucker’s career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win in Detroit on Monday night, knocking the Lions into third place in the NFC North.
Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit ahead 16-15.
But the Lions missed a 2-point conversion, and couldn’t prevent Baltimore from setting up Tucker for his sixth field goal of the game, and his 33rd in a row.
Bryant leaves field before crying
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant explained Monday that he ran to the locker room before the end of the loss to Green Bay because he didn’t want to be seen crying on the sideline.
“I was wrong,” Bryant told reporters during a visit to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, according to ESPN.com. “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just ... I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.
“I was very emotional. I cried when I got to the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”
Bengals’ Huber endures rough night
Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered a broken jaw during a 30-20 loss Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Late in the first quarter, with his team already down 14-0, Huber was injured when he was blocked from his blind side by the Steelers’ Terence Garvin during Antonio Brown’s 67-yard touchdown return.
Huber lay motionless on the ground for several minutes, then eventually walked to the locker room on his own, with his mouth bleeding badly.
The Cleveland Indians reportedly have agreed with right-hander John Axford on a 1-year deal with, pending the passing of a physical.
Axford was removed as the Brewers’ closer after six blown saves last year, and was eventually dealt to the Cardinals. He posted a 1.74 ERA and helped St. Louis earn a World Series berth.
Floyd lands with Braves
After missing most of 2013 due to elbow surgery, White Sox starter Gavin Floyd agreed to a 1-year, incentive-laden deal Monday with the Atlanta Braves.
Floyd, 30, will receive $4 million in 2014, and has a chance at earning an additional $4.5 million in incentives, according to reports.
The 30-year-old right-hander is 70-70 with a 4.48 career earned-run average with the Phillies and White Sox.