Browns hire five in player personnel
• The Browns announced five additions to their player personnel department Wednesday, naming Frank Edgerly their new senior pro scout and Brent Blaylock, Brendan Donovan, Matthew Manocherian and Patrick Moore their new college scouts.
With CEO Joe Banner and General Manager Mike Lombardi in charge, the new regime shook up its player personnel department shortly after the NFL Draft in April.
The Browns fired former director of college scouting John Spytek and pro scouts A.J. Durso and Tom Headlee. They also parted ways with senior national scout Pat Roberts, whose contract had expired, and college area scouts Donovan Beidelschies and David Hinson. Another college area scout, Bob Welton, left the Browns before the draft to become the University of Tennessee football program’s director of player personnel.
— Nate Ulrich
• A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s house was a semi-pro football player with connections to Hernandez, his family said. Ursula Ward said police told her the body was that of her son Odin Lloyd, who played for the Boston Bandits.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran free-agent cornerback Michael Adams and waived guard Jeremy Lewis. Adams started seven of 74 games he’s appeared in with the Arizona Cardinals the past six seasons.
• Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River on Wednesday morning. He was 61. Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996. Jennings was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978, ’79, ’80 and ’82.
Red Wings in line to get new arena
• The Detroit Red Wings and city officials announced a $650 million plan for a new arena development for the NHL team in Detroit’s downtown entertainment and sports district. Plans for the 18,000-seat arena were announced Wednesday at a meeting of economic development officials to approve the deal.
• Forward Danny Briere is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent as part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ offseason shakeup of their high-priced roster. A source confirmed that Briere has been informed by the Flyers that they intend to buy out the final two years of his contract. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Flyers have not announced their decision.
• The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Victor Bartley, 25, to a three-year, $2 million contract.
O’Grady to tie mark in Tour de France
• Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady is set to equal the Tour de France appearance record when he will compete for the 17th time in the famous French race. The Australian team Orica-GreenEdge said that the 39-year-old would captain the team in the 100th edition of the three-week Tour which starts on June 29. O’Grady will equal American George Hincapie’s record.
• Svetlana Kuznetsova pulled out of Wimbledon because of an abdominal strain.
— From wire reports