Sports briefs: McKnight honored by Jets
Jets honor Joe McKnight with moment of silence
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Jets have held a moment of silence before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor former running back Joe McKnight, killed last Thursday in Louisiana.
Authorities said McKnight, 28, was shot during a road rage incident that was possibly sparked by a driver cutting off another on a nearby bridge in Terrytown, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The shooter was identified by police as Ronald Gasser, 54, and he was released overnight, drawing criticism.
McKnight was rated the nation’s No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.
Pelicans without Holiday, Moore vs Grizzlies
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore both are sitting out Monday night against Memphis because of toe injuries.
The Pelicans say Holiday has turf toe and Moore has a toe contusion. Both played Sunday night in Oklahoma City, each scoring 10 points. Coach Alvin Gentry says Moore’s condition is the aggravation of an older injury. Holiday’s injury is new.
Gentry said he’s been told both players simply need rest and he hopes neither player will miss more than one game. The Pelicans do not play again until Thursday night, when Philadelphia visits New Orleans.
Holiday has been averaging 15.4 points and Moore 11.1 points.
Grambling St. takes SWAC title
HOUSTON (AP) — Grambling State running back Martez Carter had to remind himself of advice he frequently hears from Tigers coach Broderick Fobbs.
“Coach always preaches that anytime you make a mistake, it happens for a reason, and you have to have a short-term memory,” Carter said.
Carter rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown to help Grambling State overcome a 17-point halftime deficit and Alcorn State 27-20 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at NRG Stadium.