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Sports news briefs — June 13

Compiled from wire reports

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Football

Draft pick Archer signed by Steelers

• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed third-round draft pick Dri Archer, a wide receiver/running back out of Kent State. Archer was selected 97th overall. He finished his college career with 99 receptions for 1,194 yards and rushed for 2,342 yards. His 40 career touchdowns rank second in school history. Terms of the deals were not announced Friday. The Steelers have signed eight of their nine draft selections.

• Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Coach Bill O’Brien disclosed the procedure Friday, saying Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. The surgery was performed Thursday. O’Brien says he expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.

• The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver Josh Cooper. To make room for Cooper on the roster, wide receiver Lestar Jean was waived. Cooper spent the last two years with Cleveland after signing with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State.

• The Kansas City Chiefs released cornerback Brandon Flowers, shortly after finishing up three weeks of voluntary workouts in which the former starter was conspicuously absent.

Basketball

Clippers owner wants dirt on NBA chiefs

• Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA’s former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy who spoke to the Associated Press.

• The Charlotte Hornets have placed the team’s future personnel decisions in the hands of Rich Cho after Rod Higgins has stepped down as the team’s president of basketball operations. Higgins had been with the team for the last seven years.

Tennis

Federer advances
to Weber semifinals

• Roger Federer progressed to the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open in Germany without playing after Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan pulled out of their quarterfinal with back problems. Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber booked his semifinal place with a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (16) victory over German compatriot Dustin Brown.

• Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who admits to a dislike of competing on grass, moved within one win of her first final on the surface with her third confident victory in a row at the Aegon Classic. The top-seeded Serbian beat the sixth-seeded Czech, Klara Koukalova, 6-1, 6-4.

• Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka continued his quest for a fourth title this year by beating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Queen’s Club tournament.

— From wire reports


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