Sports Shorts

ESPN apologizes for 'offensive' Lin headline

Sports network ESPN apologized on Saturday for publishing an online story that contained an anti-Asian slur about New York Knicks star point guard Jeremy Lin. The headline - "Chink in the Armor" - accompanied an analysis that blamed Lin, a Taiwanese-American, for the Knicks' surprising 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets at a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Friday night. In a statement, ESPN called the headline, which was up on the mobile website for about 35 minutes early Saturday morning, "offensive." "Chink" is a derogatory term used mainly to refer to a person of Chinese ethnicity. ESPN said it was "conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake." (Reuters )

England beats Pakistan by 9 wickets in 3rd ODI

Kevin Pietersen scored his first one-day international century in more than three years as England took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series against Pakistan with an emphatic nine-wicket win at Dubai Sport City on Saturday. Pietersen hit 111 not out off 98 balls, the first time he had passed 50 on England's tour of the UAE, as Alastair Cook's side turned the tables on Pakistan who had beaten the tourists 3-0 in the test series. Cook fell 20 short of scoring his third consecutive one-day international century but put on 170 with Pietersen for the first wicket, the best opening stand for England against Pakistan. Steven Finn and Stuart Broad did the damage with the ball as they both took three wickets after their fine early bursts had reduced Pakistan to 50-4. (AP )

Ex-NFL players sue league over concussions

Nearly a dozen former NFL players living in Louisiana have sued the NFL, the latest players to accuse the league of failing to protect players from the risks associated with concussions. Several former New Orleans Saints players, including John Fourcade, are among the 11 ex-players named as plaintiffs. The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in New Orleans. The lawsuit says each of them has developed mental or physical problems from concussions or concussion-like symptoms. Several similar suits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease already have been consolidated in Philadelphia. More could be added. The NFL has vowed to vigorously defend itself. Football helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans. (AP )