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Associated Press Updated: September 23, 2014 at 6:15 am

NFL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti disputed a report suggesting he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested in February for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

Bisciotti, who rarely met with the media before the Rice saga, said he felt it necessary to respond to an ESPN story last week that described he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushing Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for Rice.

Bisciotti acknowledged that the backlash over the handling of the domestic violence case is by far the biggest crisis he's faced since taking over the team 14 years ago, but defended the integrity of his organization.

The 54-year-old owner criticized the ESPN report for being biased, saying of the anonymous sources quoted in the piece: "It's clear from the subject matter that it's Ray's attorney, it's Ray's agent and it's Ray's friends. They are building a case for reinstatement."

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated right hip and is done for the year.

He had surgery one day after suffering the injury in Baltimore's win over Cleveland. Pitta went down without being touched and had to be removed from the field on a cart.

It's the same injury that sidelined Pitta for much of last season.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o has a fractured right foot and is expected to miss significant time, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Te'o was hurt in Sunday's 22-10 victory at Buffalo. He has been bothered by foot injuries. He missed the first three games of his rookie season in 2013 with what the team said was a sprained right foot. He had surgery on the foot in January.

While Te'o is expected to miss significant time, the injury apparently isn't bad enough to place him on season-ending injured reserve. He can't be placed on injured reserve, designated to return, because outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was placed on that list with a hip injury on Saturday. Teams can use that exemption only once per season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman told a 911 dispatcher former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was driving erratically just before his SUV crashed Saturday night in an accident that killed him.

The woman told the dispatcher neither she nor her husband recognized the man who drove up behind them. She says he pulled his SUV up beside their vehicle and gave them a look before speeding away. The woman told the dispatcher the man was dangerous and police needed to know something was wrong with him.

A Metro Nashville police spokesman says the accident investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was performed.

NBA

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his league will "take a fresh look" at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL's rash of incidents.

Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players and provide programs to them and their families.

The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have been criticized for punishments that were too slow or lenient for Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Goodell said last week the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement calls for a minimum 10-game suspension for a first offense of a player convicted of a violent felony.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — General manager Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a multiyear contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Alderson's new deal is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Alderson replaced Omar Minaya after the 2010 season, signing a four-year contract with a club option for 2015. Rather than just exercise the option, the Mets are giving Alderson a new deal that keeps him in charge longer.

CBSSports.com reported Monday that Alderson and the team agreed to a three-year deal that runs through 2017. Several other media outlets reported earlier that Alderson was coming back and the sides were close to a multiyear extension.

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Retired boxer Mike Tyson may be famous for his aggressiveness, but he showed his compassionate side last week when he came to the rescue of an injured motorcyclist who had crashed on a Las Vegas interstate.

Attorney Stephen Stubbs said his client, 29-year-old Ryan Chesley, was on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when a taxi cut him off and he went down. Stubbs said Chesley was lying on the ground when he looked up and recognized Tyson, who was yelling at people not to touch Chesley.

Chesley, who had broken bones and torn ligaments, could still use his right hand and snapped a cellphone picture of the heavyweight boxer. As soon as paramedics arrived, Tyson "just left, like some kind of superhero," Stubbs said.

Mike Tyson's assistant, Steve Lott, said the fighter received a fruit basket a handwritten thank-you note from Chesley on Friday.

SOCCER

U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges.

Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Washington state stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering.

She has pleaded not guilty and the case is scheduled for trial on Nov. 4. She faces up to six months in jail if convicted.

Solo, who has been with the national team since 2000 and recently set the team record for most career shutouts, continued to play for the United States in exhibition matches and with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign, following her arrest.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said the organization will let her play until the legal matter is settled.

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