Weekend Sports in Brief
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged speaking with the NFL's special counsel for domestic violence investigations, and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott said he was interviewed by the league this season about an abuse claim made against him.
Elliott said after Sunday night's 29-23 overtime victory over Philadelphia that he was interviewed once by league investigators about six weeks ago. He characterized there being ''an ongoing investigation'' but said he didn't really know what was going on.
Prosecutors in Ohio declined to press charges over the summer in a domestic violence case involving the fourth overall draft pick.
CBS Sports cited multiple unnamed sources in reporting that Jones raised the topic of the probe during league meetings in Houston about two weeks ago with Lisa Friel, a former New York prosecutor serving as special counsel. That report said they were within earshot of other league and team executives.
Jones said after Sunday night's game that the two had a ''good discussion.'' He said the conversation might have gotten loud, but said it was a situation where he had ''to talk over the music.''
DENVER (AP) – Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was released from the hospital after being carted off the field earlier when a San Diego player ran into him on the sideline.
The team said the 69-year-old coach was expected at work Monday.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller blocked Chargers running back Melvin Gordon into Phillips during Bradley Roby's interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter of Denver's 27-19 win.
Gordon upended Phillips, and the back of the coach's head slammed against the ground.
Medical personnel surrounded Phillips and, after about five minutes, he was secured to a backboard and carted off the field. He pointed his index finger in the air as he was being driven to the locker room.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports.
It's not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and two of his friends. But Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above Florida's legal limit of 0.08, according to autopsy reports released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office.
Associate Medical Examiner Kenneth Hutchins listed the cause of death as ''boat crash'' for Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero.
Each man had suffered blunt force injuries to his head and body, Hutchins wrote.
Cocaine use would be out of character for Fernandez, and the toxicology reports raise more questions than they answer about what happened that night, said the Fernandez family's Tampa-based attorney and longtime friend, Ralph E. Fernandez.
HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio high school Saturday blamed ''ignorance'' as it apologized for a banner displayed at a prep football game recalling the country's brutal treatment of Native Americans.
Several news organizations reported that some Greenfield-McClain High School cheerleaders held up the banner at a Friday night game against the Hillsboro High Indians. It read: ''Hey Indians, Get Ready for a Trail of Tears Part 2.'' The reference was to the 19th century forced relocation of Indians. Thousands died of starvation, illness or exposure.
''A horrific mistake was made,'' Greenfield-McClain High School said in a statement. ''A sign was created out of ignorance, not hate.''
Greenfield-McClain High's principal, Jason Potts, emailed the apology to two Hillsboro-based newspapers, some 60 miles east of Cincinnati. It pledged that the school would partner with local organizations to further educate students about ''atrocities faced by both the Native American and African-American cultures.''
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Craig Anderson leaned on his stick in the hallway behind the Senators' bench and put his head down. The public address announcer said his name, and he lumbered onto the ice, tears flowing during an ovation from the other team's fans.
Anderson made his first start since learning of his wife's cancer diagnosis and had 37 saves for his second shutout in two starts, helping Ottawa beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.
Anderson left the team Thursday to be with his wife, Nicholle, but returned to start this game.
Teammates took turns hugging Anderson after the final horn, and then Anderson was left to wait alone in the hallway after being named the game's first star. The Edmonton crowd gave him a rousing cheer when he emerged, and among those clapping was Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who had been named the No. 2 star.