BEREA, Ohio (AP) — BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has obtained legal counsel familiar to the NFL as he tries to avoid an indefinite suspension for marijuana use. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week. Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA is looking forward to the completion of the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers now that a judge has cleared the way. The $2 billion dollar sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could be wrapped up within two weeks after Monday’s ruling that Shelley Sterling has the right to sell the team over the objections of estranged husband Donald Sterling. While Donald Sterling can still fight the decision through the appeals process, the judge also ruled that the sale could not be delayed by the appeal.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Byron Scott has been reintroduced to the Los Angeles media after being named the 25th head coach of the Lakers. Scott boldly predicted a quick return to NBA title contention for the Lakers, who are coming off their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes (wihlks) attended the news conference for their former teammate, who helped the 1980s Lakers win three championships.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football and other contact sports. A filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago says college sports’ governing body also has agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows. The NCAA has been accused of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The punishment means Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill are not eligible to return until the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Sept. 14 at Chicago. Grubb was also fined $125,000, while Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were both docked 75 points in the driver and owner standings.