Sports Shorts

Javelin champion Spotakova to take year off to have baby

Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova is pregnant and will not compete in 2013, news website reported on Tuesday. Spotakova, 31, retained her Olympic title at the London Games and also won the Diamond League series this season. The Czech world-record holder is due to give birth early next summer but plans to continue training for the time being. "The doctor told me I can continue doing sports. I will remain at work, but probably in a different mode," she said. Spotakova intends to return to competition in time for the 2014 European Championship in Zurich. "I believe I can get back to my earlier level," she said. (Reuters )

Police drop probe into race complaint against soccer referee

London's Metropolitan Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against soccer referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged inappropriate language toward a Chelsea player last month. The European champion lodged a complaint with the Football Association over language allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United on October 28. That prompted the Society of Black Lawyers to lodge a written complaint with police. "Enquiries were made and no victims have come forward," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement Tuesday. "Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated." (Reuters )

Roethlisberger's sprained shoulder may keep him out of game

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained right shoulder and his status for Sunday's showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore is uncertain. Coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Roethlisberger is "questionable" and is waiting for more details on the quarterback's condition. Roethlisberger left Monday night's 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City in the third quarter after getting slammed to the ground by Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Veteran backup Byron Leftwich filled in and completed seven of 14 passes for 73 yards. Leftwich's last start came in 2009 while playing for the Atlanta Falcons. Tomlin said safety Troy Polamalu remains doubtful with a right calf injury. Polamalu hasn't played since a win over Philadelphia on October 7. (AP )

Chicago Bears sign veteran quarterback Josh McCown

The Chicago Bears have signed veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown, with Jay Cutler's status for this week uncertain. Cutler sat out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston with a concussion. Jason Campbell took over and is expected to start Monday at San Francisco if Cutler can't go. But the Bears needed a backup. McCown appeared in three games with Chicago last season and made two starts, completing 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The Bears also waived tight end Brody Eldridge Tuesday. (AP )