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Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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Roethlisberger has shoulder sprain

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's availability for next week's game is in question due to a right shoulder sprain.

Roethlisberger was injured early in the second half of Monday's game against Kansas City. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday said the injury was being evaluated and he didn't know whether Roethlisberger would be able to play Sunday when the Steelers have a key division game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Byron Leftwich, who filled in when Roethlisberger left Monday's game, would start Sunday if needed, Tomlin said.

Tomlin said Roethlisberger suffered an injury to the ligament that connects the sternum to the clavicle.

Stomach pains put Lindsey Vonn to hospital

DENVER, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Elite downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, waylaid by stomach pain, remained in a Colorado hospital Tuesday, her publicist said.

Vonn spokesman Lewis Kay said in an email the Olympic gold medalist was in a hospital in Vail awaiting results from "diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain," The Denver Post reported.

"We will send an update on her condition when more information becomes available, Kay said.

Vonn, 28, is the reigning World Cup overall champion.

Djokovic builds big lead in tennis ranking

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic capped a second consecutive strong year with the ATP World Tour Final title and a huge lead in the men's tennis rankings.

Djokovic had earlier wrapped up the year-end No. 1 ranking but his 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 win Monday over Roger Federer really pushed his advantage. He has 12,920 points, which is 2,655 points more than the second-ranked Federer and nearly 5,000 more than No. 3 Andy Murray.

Djokovic racked up his point total over 18 tournaments, which is the lowest total among players in the Top 10. Federer, for example, was in 21 tournaments and Murray 20.

In the last two years Djokovic has a 145-18 record with 16 championships and $22.5 million in winnings. Four of those titles were at Grand Slam events and Djokovic will head into the 2013 Australian Open as a two-time defending champion.

Federer, who was looking for a third consecutive ATP Finals title, also had a strong year, going 71-12 with six titles -- including at Wimbledon -- and $7.4 million in winnings.

Murray has 8,000 rankings points and Rafael Nadal, who missed the second half of the year with an injury, has 6,795 for fourth place. Fifth-ranked David Ferrer has pulled close to Nadal with 6,430 points.

Tomas Berdych had 4,605 points for the No. 6 ranking and Juan Martin del Potro (4,480) is seventh. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has 3,490 ranking points, which is eighth-most. Janko Tipsarevic is No. 9 at 2,990 and Richard Gasquet (2,515) finishes the year at No. 10.

Hornets, Bobcats swap players

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Hornets sent forward Hakim Warrick to the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday in exchange for guard Matt Carroll.

Warrick, acquired from Phoenix in the off-season, has played in just one game for the Hornets this season, but has averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in a seven-year NBA career that started in Memphis and also has included stops in Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago.

Carroll, in his ninth NBA season, also has played in just one game this year. He has averaged 6.6 points and 1.9 points in his pro career, which has included time with Portland, San Antonio and Dallas.

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