Offensive lineman signs with Browns
• The Browns signed offensive lineman Dominic Alford, the team announced Wednesday. Alford, 24, spent the entire 2011 season on the Browns’ practice squad. Last season, he spent the final four weeks on the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers, whose offense was coordinated by new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Alford, who attended Shaker Heights High School and the University of Minnesota, has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game. He entered the NFL when the Browns signed him as an undrafted free agent on July 30, 2011.
— Nate Ulrich
• The New York Giants cut leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
• The Philadelphia Eagles signed defensive end/linebacker Chris McCoy to a three-year contract and released tackle Demetress Bell.
Rockies’ Helton gets a DUI charge
• Five-time All-Star Todd Helton was arrested early Wednesday on a charge of driving under the influence. The Colorado Rockies first baseman said he’s embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community in a statement. Helton was arrested after someone called police to report a drunken driver and his blood-alcohol content was found to be over the legal limit.
• Reliever Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract.
• The Reds agreed to a $3.06 million, one-year deal with right-hander Mike Leake.
• Free-agent designated hitter Luke Scott agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rafael Nadal wins singles comeback
• Rafael Nadal rebounded from a poor start to defeat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the VTR Open in Chile. It was his first singles match since losing in Wimbledon more than seven months ago. Nadal won in doubles on Tuesday, but the singles debut was a bigger test for the Spaniard and his injured left knee.
• Jarkko Nieminen of Finland beat fifth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-6 (8) in the second round of the Open Sud de France, defeating the Russian for the first time in 10 years.
Blue Jackets player to pay $10,000 fine
• Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the new NHL collective bargaining agreement, for boarding Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi in Columbus’ 4-2 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. He will not be suspended. The Blue Jackets also assigned center Ryan Johansen to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
American Ligety wins super-G title
• Building on his giant slalom skills, Ted Ligety of the U.S. won his first super-G title with a world championship in Austria. Ligety took a lot of risks in the turning final section and mastered the Planai course in 1 minute, 23.96 seconds.
— From wire reports