Ex-Browns defender charged in assault
• Former Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava is charged with assaulting two men during a brawl at a Maui bar, days after signing with the Oakland Raiders.
Maiava, 27, and his brother Ilima Maiava, 30, are charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and fourth-degree criminal property damage, a petty misdemeanor, said Maui Prosecuting Attorney John Kim. They are nephews of former NFL player Dwayne Johnson, who later gained fame in pro wrestling as The Rock.
They’re accused of beating up two men, ages 27 and 28, at Life’s a Beach in Kihei on March 17. That would be four days after the Raiders signed Kaluka Maiava to a three-year, $6 million contract. He played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a fourth-round pick out of Southern California in the 2009 NFL Draft. He had 133 tackles and 4½ sacks and forced 5 fumbles with the Browns.
Maiava’s agent couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. The brothers also couldn’t be reached. Raiders spokesman Will Kiss said the team had no comment.
After reviewing police reports and other evidence, prosecutors decided to go forward with criminal charges.
Maiava, of Wailuku, and his brother, who lives on Oahu, were not arrested. Each was served with a summons on July 2 when prosecutors learned they would be on the island.
The brothers are scheduled to be arraigned in Wailuku District Court on July 25, when they’re expected to enter pleas. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, they could face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Bruins goalie Rask signs 8-year deal
• Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has signed an eight-year contract to stay with Boston. The signing on Wednesday comes after Rask finished his first full season as a starter with a strong playoff performance. The Bruins lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins say that the annual salary cap charge on Rask’s contract is $7 million but they didn’t reveal the total value of the deal.
• The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Matt D’Agostini to a one-year, $550,000 contract. D’Agostini, 26, has 47 goals and 48 assists in 267 career games with Montreal, St. Louis and New Jersey. He split time with the Blues and Devils in 2013.
• The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a four-year, $11.2 million contract extension.
• The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky. No contract details were released.
• The St. Louis Blues traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. Perron, a 25-year old left-wing, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 48 games for St. Louis last season. In his career, Perron has 84 goals and 114 assists in 340 games.
• The New York Rangers reached agreements on deals with restricted free-agent forward Carl Hagelin and newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk.
• Vancouver will become the third Canadian city to host a regular-season NHL game outdoors when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place next season in the 2014 Heritage Classic. The 2014 game in Vancouver will be the first played in a retractable-roof facility.
Portland set to host MLS All-Star Game
• Portland will host the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced the event at Jeld-Wen Field on Wednesday. In recent years, the MLS All-Stars have played premier international teams in the annual match. This year’s All-Stars are set to play AS Roma on July 31 in Kansas City. The MLS opponent for the match in Portland will be announced at a later date. The Portland Timbers are known for their fervent supporters and the team has sold out 42 consecutive MLS matches at its downtown stadium.
• Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson was suspended indefinitely. In a release Wednesday, the university announced the 6-foot-2 senior from Hurst, Texas, is suspended because of a “violation of team rules,” but it did not provide any details about the violations.
• Two-time defending champ John Isner advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (7) in Newport, R.I. The 6-foot-9 Isner served 13 aces in the match that lasted just 59 minutes on Newport’s grass courts.
• OJ Simpson’s Nevada criminal case goes to a parole board later this month for his 2008 conviction in the kidnapping and armed robbery of two sports collectible dealers. Simpson was convicted of 12 criminal counts and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison. He has been serving his time at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
— From wire reports