Browns scouting director to leave
• Former Browns director of college scouting John Spytek will join the Denver Broncos in a similar role, the Denver Post reported Friday. Spytek will reunite with former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, who is the Broncos’ new director of pro personnel. The Browns’ new regime fired Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur a day after the team ended the 2012 season with a record of 5-11. Spytek was fired May 1. Spytek spent the past three seasons with the Browns and served as one of Heckert’s top lieutenants. Before joining the Browns, Spytek worked with Heckert for five seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel staff.
• St. Louis Rams second-year running back Isaiah Pead was suspended without pay for the season opener for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound second-round draft pick played in 15 games in his rookie season, carrying 10 times for 54 yards.
• Illinois State Police say Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez, 24, was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage. Authorities say Rodriguez was ticketed early Friday on Interstate 90, near downtown Chicago.
Bucks set to hire Drew as coach
• Four days after Larry Drew was replaced in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Bucks swooped in to scoop him up. Drew agreed in principle Friday on a deal to become the Bucks’ coach, a source told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been officially announced. Drew will replace interim coach Jim Boylan. Drew was 128-102 in Atlanta.
• Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock, 46, is on life support at a Jonesboro, Ga., hospital after his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, police said. Blaylock was driving in Jonesboro on Friday when he crashed and was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition, said a Clayton County police spokesman. Blaylock was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of Oklahoma in 1989.
• Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams will undergo surgery next week on his right heel and Achilles’ tendon. The Jazz said recovery is expected to take about six months.
• Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson, the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, announced that she will retire after this season.
• Iowa State said former Marshall men’s team guard DeAndre Kane will play for the Cyclones next season. Kane has one season of eligibility remaining. He ranked 11th nationally with seven assists per game last season
Knee injury to keep Wiggins out of Tour
• Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem, giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win cycling’s premier race after finishing as runner-up last year. Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour, but he has not been able to prepare properly leading to the June 29 start of the race. His Team Sky said Friday he also has an “ongoing ... condition” with his left knee.
• Major League Soccer suspended San Jose defender Victor Bernardez two games for violent conduct in a game on Saturday. Bernardez made contact with his foot to the head of FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper as both players fell while pursuing a ball out of bounds.
• The NCAA postponed the two games scheduled at the Women’s College World Series on Friday due to bad weather. Plans to make up the games were not announced. Tennessee was scheduled to play Washington, with top-seeded Oklahoma facing rival Texas in winner’s bracket games.
— From wire reports