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Sports news briefs — July 22

Compiled from wire reports


Winona State player dies during practice

• Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl, 22, of Skokie, Ill., died of cardiac arrest. Police said he collapsed while practicing Monday with a few teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota, where he had just signed.

• Bowling Green sophomore running back William Houston, 19, of Dublin, was arraigned on a charge of attempted rape and released on bail after a woman told police that she awoke after a house party and found Houston atop her trying to engage in sex.

• TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched an ex-girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun.

• LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao might not be able to play this season after he severely cut his arm punching through glass in the Tigers’ weight room.


Jaguars receiver faces suspension

• Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders said he is facing a four-game suspension and won’t be around for the majority of training camp because of “personal issues.”

• The San Diego Chargers cut outside linebacker Larry English, a 2009 first-round pick who was limited to nine games last year with a pectoral injury.

• The Cincinnati Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall (torn Achilles tendon) to be ready for training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins (torn ACL) to join them for full workouts later.

• The New York Giants hired former receiver David Tyree, 34, as director of player development.


Doc Rivers could quit as coach of Clippers

• Los Angeles Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons says coach Doc Rivers has told him he’ll quit if Donald Sterling remains owner. Parsons made the statement while testifying in a Los Angeles trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

•The Golden State Warriors completed a two-year, $2.5 million deal with swingman Brandon Rush, who tore two ligaments in his left knee in the team’s 2012-13 home opener.


Contracts reached with three players

• Forward Antoine Roussel agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Dallas Stars. Roussel, 24, played in 81 games last season.

•The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Sami Vatanen, 23, to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.

• Forward David Booth signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver.

• Former University of New Hampshire women’s hockey coach Brian McCloskey, 59, was charged with assaulting a player in a game last year. He lost his job over the incident.

— From wire reports


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