National sports briefs: Stallworth out indefinitely
NEW YORK ó Cleveland Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Miami.
“The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Stallworth.
“While the criminal justice system has determined the legal consequences of this incident, it is my responsibility as NFL commissioner to determine appropriate league discipline for your actions, which have caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL.”
* AURORA, Colo. ó Holdout wide receiver Brandon Marshall reported to camp ó his own.
The Denver Broncos Pro Bowl receiver who skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp last weekend in a contract dispute is holding a two-day youth football camp for 500 kids ages 7-18 at a local high school.
The Broncos have released linebacker Louis Green, safety Herana-Daze Jones, running back Kestahn Moore and cornerback Rashod Moulton.
* PITTSBURGH ó The Steelers signed receiver Mike Wallace, defensive end Ra’Shon Harris and center A.Q. Shipley. Six of their nine picks from this year’s draft are now under contract.
* JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded long-snapper Jeremy Cain off waivers from the Washington Redskins.
* DALLAS ó Ryan Leaf’s attorney says he is back in West Texas and plans to surrender today on burglary and drug-related charges.
* VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. ó Bruce Smith’s drunken driving trial in Virginia has been postponed. The case had been set for Thursday, Smith’s 46th birthday. Records show the case is now set for July 9.
ATLANTA ó Tennessee and N.C. State will meet for the first time since 1939 when they open their 2012 seasons in the Georgia Dome.
Tennessee and N.C. State have split the only two games they have played before continuing the tradition of an SEC team facing an ACC team in the season-opening game called the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. The game is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012.
Alabama will play Virginia Tech this year on Sept. 5.
* TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó The NCAA infractions committee intends to uphold sanctions against Florida State that would take away wins in 10 sports, including as many as 14 by football coach Bobby Bowden.
If the penalty sticks, Bowden would have little chance to stay abreast of Penn State’s Joe Paterno in their competition to finish as major college football’s winningest coach.
“Joe, who I love to death, he and I got a battle that neither one of us thought would ever happen,” Bowden told WBRC-TV in Birmingham after a round of golf Thursday. “Joe would not want to win this thing the way they (NCAA) are doing this.”
* COLUMBUS, Ohio ó A prosecutor is opposing former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett’s request for early release from prison.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Clarett hasn’t made a strong case that he should be released so early. He was sentenced in September 2006 to serve at least 31/2 years for a holdup outside a Columbus bar and a separate highway chase that ended with police finding loaded guns in his SUV.
SAN ANTONIO ó High school football teams should eliminate two-a-day practices during the first week of August drills when heat stroke has proven particularly deadly, a leading trainers’ group said Thursday in a report issued less than two months before the sweltering rite of passage begins at thousands of schools.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s recommendations include longer breaks between practice and more time for players to ease into contact drills.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ó Lamar Odom wants to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, and he hopes the team will keep both him and starter Trevor Ariza.
Odom and Ariza become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
“You want to keep the team together,” Odom said. “We just won a championship, you don’t want to see one piece not there.”
* PHILADELPHIA ó A woman suing 76ers star Andre Iguodala for child support is seeking $12,000 to $15,000 a month.
* INDIANAPOLIS ó Brandon Jennings thinks his nontraditional path to the NBA could become a trend if he’s a high pick in next week’s draft.
Jennings skipped college and played professionally in Europe.
“If I go in the top five, I think you’ll see more kids go to Europe,” Jennings said Thursday.
LAS VEGAS ó Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin pulled off the kind of repeat the Detroit Red Wings dreamed about by snagging the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP for the second straight year.
Ovechkin also walked off with the NHL Players’ Association’s Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the most outstanding player in voting by fellow players.Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings’ outstanding two-way center, claimed the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward and the Lady Byng for gentlemanly play and skill.
Boston’s Tim Thomas, who had a 2.10 goals-against average, won the Vezina Trophy for best goalie, and teammate 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara earned the Norris Trophy as top defenseman, breaking the three-year winning streak of Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom.
Boston’s Claude Julien was given the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.
Columbus goalie Steve Mason took the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year after leading the NHL with 10 shutouts and ranking second with a 2.29 goals-against average.
* MONTREAL ó Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur has been given a one-year suspended sentence, fined $100 and ordered to donate $10,000 to charity for giving contradictory testimony during his son’s 2007 bail hearing.
* PITTSBURGH ó The Penguins signed offensive-minded defenseman Alex Goligoski to a three-year, $5.5 million deal.
Goligoski didn’t appear in the Stanley Cup finals for Pittsburgh.
JOHANNESBURG ó Egypt upset world champion Italy 1-0 at the Confederations Cup behind a 40th-minute goal from Mohamed Homos.
* PRETORIA, South Africa ó The United States was hammered for the second time in a four-day span at the Confederations Cup, with Brazil outplaying the Americans 3-0.
Felipe Melo scored off Maicon’s free kick in the seventh minute and Robinho made it 2-0 in the 20th.
The United States (0-2) finished a man short for the second straight game. Sacha Kljestan was ejected in the 57th minute for a rough foul on Ramires.
The defeat left the United States with an outside chance, at best, to reach the semifinals. The Americans could advance by beating Egypt by at least three goals and either Italy scoring three fewer goals than the United States in a loss to Brazil or the victory margins of the U.S. and Brazil totaling seven or more.
LONDON ó Rafael Nadal looked hampered by his injured knees during a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition. He will decide today if he can defend his Wimbledon title.
Nadal played without tape on his knees but frequently appeared a step slow on the grass court at Hurlingham Club.
* DEN BOSCH, Netherlands ó Ivan Navarro upset defending champion David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 Thursday in a match between Spaniards to reach the Ordina Open semifinals.
* DALLAS ó Police say a 20-year-old UCLA tennis player was in a coma after somebody punched him following a country music concert in Dallas.
Jeffrey Fleming of Newport Beach, Calif., was in a Dallas hospital Thursday, but his condition was not available. He was attending a Rascal Flatts concert with friends Saturday night when an unknown man hit him. His family says he was sucker-punched as he was about to catch a taxi after the concert.
SILVERSTONE, England ó Eight Formula One teams began preparations for a rival series after failing to resolve their dispute with motor sport’s governing body over financial constraints.
Ferrari, which has participated since the first season in 1950, and current leader Brawn GP headed the list of Formula One Teams’ Association members to announce the split ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.