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Sports news briefs — July 18

Compiled from wire reports


Embattled Cowboys lineman retires

• Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from the NFL, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.

Brent said he had “given a lot of thought” to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend.

“I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement provided by the team. “Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football.”

Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation. Suburban Dallas police accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit the night of the crash.

• Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended for eight games without pay after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. League officials did not say what substance was found in Saunders’ test.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars and sixth-round draft pick Josh Evans agreed to terms on a rookie contract. The safety from Florida is expected to sign Monday.


Kings keep Brown with eight-year deal

• The Los Angeles Kings agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brown that will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season. Brown had one year left on his current deal. Brown has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings. The Kings also announced that Rob Blake has been hired as an assistant general manager for the team with which he starred for 14 seasons as its career leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.

• The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a five-year extension with forward Matt Duchene that will run through the 2018-19 season. Duchene is coming off a season in which he recorded a team-leading 26 assists and tied for the squad’s top spot in scoring with 43 points.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins signed restricted free-agent forward Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $625,000. Jeffrey had three goals and three assists for the Penguins during the 2013 season.


Dalembert will play center for Dallas

• The Dallas Mavericks reached a deal with Samuel Dalembert, who will likely be their fifth starting center in the past five seasons. The 6-foot-11 Dalembert is known as a defensive-minded center with career averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game.

• The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf. He agreed to terms last week on a two-year, $3.2 million contract.

• The Golden State Warriors signed free-agent guard Toney Douglas to a deal.

• The Sacramento Kings signed second-round draft pick Ray McCallum.


Walshe takes lead in Marathon Classic

Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years on the LPGA Tour, shot a 6-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Paula Creamer, the 2008 winner of what used to be known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, played later in the day and shot a 66 that left her tied with teenager Lexi Thompson and Jessica Shepley.

Daniel Summerhays shot a 9-under 63 to open a 3-stroke lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss.

college SPORTS

Auburn dismisses sophomore guard

• Auburn dismissed sophomore guard Shaq Johnson from the men’s basketball team for violating unspecified team rules. Coach Tony Barbee says he is “very disappointed in Shaq’s choices and actions, and they won’t be tolerated.” He says the dismissal “is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete.” Johnson played in all 32 games as a freshman and started 21. He averaged 6.2 points in Southeastern Conference games and played 18 minutes a game.

• Southern Mississippi hired Bill McGillis as its new athletic director. McGillis, 50, comes to the Golden Eagles after six years as an associate athletic director at South Florida.

• The Music City Bowl and Gator Bowl joined up to pick a school from the Big Ten Conference or Atlantic Coast Conference as one team in their games in a six-year deal starting in 2014.

• The Sun Bowl Association reached a six-year extension with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Association officials in El Paso said the extension begins in 2014.

— From wire reports


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