Haslam not planning to rid self of Browns
• A spokesman for Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says Haslam has no plans to sell the franchise despite legal troubles with the company he runs.
FBI agents say transcripts of secretly recorded calls among Pilot Flying J employees reveal a scheme to defraud trucking companies of fuel rebates, and five members of the sales staff at the nation’s largest diesel retailer have pleaded guilty to fraud.
Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme.
In a story published Sunday on the ESPN Cleveland website, Haslam said he intends to own the Browns “for a long time.”
And in a statement issued Monday, Pilot Flying J spokesman Tom Ingram said, “We expect no change in Mr. Haslam’s relationship with the NFL and/or his ownership of the Browns.”
• The NFL and former players must try to negotiate a dispute over whether complaints about concussion-related injuries belong in court or in arbitration, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody of Philadelphia had planned to rule July 22 in a legal fight that involves about 4,200 former players and could be worth billions of dollars. But instead she ordered the two sides to begin mediation with retired federal Judge Layn Phillips. The retirees want the right to sue the league, while the NFL insists the claims must be arbitrated under terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
• Rex Ryan spent part of his summer vacation running from angry bulls. The New York Jets coach joined thousands of thrill-seekers on Sunday and Monday in the annual running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. The team confirmed Monday that Ryan was uninjured while participating both days in the run, which is the highlight of a nine-day street festival and is televised nationally. Ryan was there on two mostly uneventful days as there were no gorings, while six people were treated for injuries.
• A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury is the result of a bounty program where Redskins coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents. Barrett Green, a linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants between 2000 and 2005, says a career-ending knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, was the result of a bounty program and an “unusual, outrageous, and an obvious cheap shot.”
• Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized Monday for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Colorado State Patrol said Russell was arrested Saturday after rear-ending a Breckenridge police officer’s SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of Colorado 9. The officer, suspecting Russell was drunk, had pulled over to wait for Russell to pass, troopers said. Russell was arrested on charges of DUI, no proof of insurance, careless driving causing injury, and having an open container.
Kaman agrees to Lakers deal
• Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers. The 7-foot free-agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers said Monday on Twitter that he had agreed to join the Lakers. The deal is reportedly for one year at $3.2 million. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak later issued a statement through the team saying Los Angeles has been negotiating with Kaman and intends to sign him.
• New Clippers coach Doc Rivers has named his coaching staff, including Alvin Gentry, who returns for a third stint with the team. Gentry was named associate head coach, while Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue will serve as assistants. JP Clark was hired as assistant players skill coach.
— Compiled from wire reports