From wire reports
Vilma gets support in federal court
• Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, two former teammates and New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt all told a federal judge under oath Thursday in New Orleans that Vilma never put up cash for tackles that injured opponents. Vilma is trying to persuade U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to temporarily allow him to return to the Saints while his lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proceeds.
• In an offseason marked by Junior Seau’s suicide and scores of lawsuits over brain injuries, the NFL launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players — including a confidential mental health phone line. An outside agency will run NFL Life Line, a free consultation service to inform players and family members about the signs of crisis, symptoms of common mental health problems, as well as where to get help. Experts in suicide prevention and substance abuse are among those involved in developing and administering the program.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded defensive tackle Brian Price to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed draft pick next year. The 6-1, 303-pound Price has started 14 games over two seasons, with 27 tackles (23 solo) and three sacks. The Bucs also signed linebacker Thomas Williams to a two-year contract and waived wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and defensive back Devin Holland.
• New York Jets safety LaRon Landry was activated from the physically unable to perform list after passing his physical, and was cleared to practice when the team opens training camp today. He had been rehabbing an Achilles/heel injury that cut short his season last year with the Washington Redskins.
• The Kansas City Chiefs signed first-round pick Dontari Poe on the eve of training camp. Poe took part in the Chiefs’ entire offseason program. The Chiefs also signed free-agent offensive tackle Tony Ugoh to provide depth along the line.
• Safety Dashon Goldson signed his $6.2 million franchise tender and reported to the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp on time.
• The Minnesota Vikings signed tackle Matt Kalil, the fourth choice overall in the 2012 draft from Southern Cal.
• Free-agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who was selected with the third pick of the 2005 draft by the Browns, is working out for the Seattle Seahawks.
•?The Dallas Cowboys waived injured rookie running back Darrell Scott and replaced him by signing former Texas Christian tailback Ed Wesley. Scott sustained a hip injury in a pre-training camp workout for rookies and selected veterans.
• Oakland Raiders assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski resigned his position because of personal reasons. The team announced that Wisniewski will remain in the organization as an ambassador. The Raiders will not fill Wisniewski’s position. Offensive line coach Frank Pollack will handle the duties on his own.
• Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch entered a not guilty plea following his arrest for investigation of driving under the influence in Northern California. Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, entered the plea on Lynch’s behalf in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday.
• Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is being sued for just more than $1 million by a woman who claims she was injured in a December car crash in Oregon involving the Lions’ star.
• Montana announced that it has removed the interim tag from coach Mick Delaney’s title and given him a two-year deal to lead an embattled program caught up in an investigation of how the university as a whole handled allegations of sexual assault.
Hurricanes, Semin set on 1-year deal
•?Alexander Semin agreed to a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The former Washington Capitals star forward will make $7 million this season. Semin, 28, ranked second on the Capitals last season with 21 goals, 33 assists and 54 points.
• The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward Jakub Voracek to a multi-year contract extension. He had 18 goals and 49 points in 78 regular-season games last season.
• The NHL Players Association made a number of presentations to owners in Toronto, as talks between the union and the NHL concluded for the week.
Woman bowler has record 879 series
• Katie Verbil had the best three-game score in women’s bowling history, finishing with an 879 series in a Battle of the Sexes league competition in Wichita, Kan. A former Wichita State bowler from Phoenix, Verbil opened with 33 consecutive strikes Wednesday night, then left a 10 pin on a solid pocket shot in the 10th frame. The left-hander had games of 300, 300 and 279. She broke the record of 878 set by Karen Rosenburg on Dec. 12, 2001.
• Australian midfielder Tim Cahill, 32, signed as a high-priced designated player with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls after a frustrating season in which he scored just two league goals for Everton in England.
— From wire reports