The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will be Green Bay's seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4. Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels Rodgers is not ready to play.
P.J. Hairston's career is over at North Carolina. The school said Friday that it won't seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA after the junior committed several rule violations. Hairston hasn't played all season while the school and NCAA worked to resolve eligibility questions, many stemming from the use of cars linked to a felon and party promoter earlier this year. Coach Roy Williams said Friday it was ''probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've ever gone through as a head coach.'' The news came two days after the school announced the NCAA had cleared senior Leslie McDonald to return after missing the first nine games due to related violations.
Vienna Philharmonic strips ex-Nazis of honors
VIENNA (AP) — The famed Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them — a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era that included purging Jewish members from its ranks.