Sports briefs: July 9

July 9, 2013 

NBA

76ers get new CEO; Cavs host Bynum

Adam Aron, the Philadelphia 76ers' chief executive officer for the last two seasons, has stepped down. The Sixers hired Scott O'Neil as CEO and head of business operations, effective July 16.

O'Neil, whose résumé includes marketing and sales work with the Philadelphia Eagles, cut his teeth in the NBA in a similar position with the New Jersey Nets. He had been working as president of Madison Square Garden Sports, overseeing business operations of the New York Knicks, until he stepped down last September.

Aron will stay on the Sixers' board of directors and will remain a co-owner of the club. While still without a coach since Doug Collins quit April 17, the Sixers have been overhauled by new GM Sam Hinkie, who orchestrated a draft-day trade to acquire ex-UK big man Nerlens Noel in exchange for All-Star Jrue Holiday. The Sixers also selected Michael Carter-Williams to take Holiday's place.

The Cleveland Cavs hosted free agent center Andrew Bynum on Monday. The 7-foot Bynum didn't play one game for Philadelphia last season because of a knee injury. The Cavs may be interested in offering Bynum a one-year deal. They intend to be active in free agency next summer, when there will be several top-tier players available, maybe even LeBron James.

Former New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers player Duane Washington has been sentenced to 60 days in jail in Grand Haven, Mich., for hitting a pedestrian and then leaving the scene in western Michigan. Authorities say the 48-year-old hit 71-year-old Estella Vitins on Sept. 18 as she walked along Interstate 96 after running out of gas. Vitins survived the accident.


Cycling

Tour de France leader looking for help

The manager of Chris Froome's team promises that his star rider will never again be left exposed in his bid to win the Tour de France. The British rider kept the yellow jersey on a tough mountain stage Sunday. The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 10 following Monday's rest day.

That Froome had to defend the jersey alone in the ninth stage — because all his Sky teammates had been left behind — offers hope to rivals like two-time champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. If they can again isolate Froome later in the race, perhaps he will be too tired to respond. "We've learnt some lessons, valuable lessons, to take into the rest of the race," Sky manager Dave Brailsford said Monday. Froome's key teammate is Richie Porte, an Australian who won the Paris-Nice stage race in March. "Am I going to have another bad day like that? I hope not," Porte said.


NFL

Cowboys' Brent released from jail again

Dallas Cowboys lineman Josh Brent is out of jail again, but under new conditions that include wearing a drug-detection patch and not driving at all. Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter in a December car crash that killed Cowboys practice squad player and close friend Jerry Brown. Brent was jailed June 27 after testing positive for marijuana a second time.

A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins, saying his career-ending knee injury resulted from a bounty program in which the team's coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents. Barrett Green played linebacker for the Detroit Lions and New York Giants between 2000 and 2005. He says a career-ending knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004 was the result of an "unusual, outrageous and an obvious cheap shot."

The lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the player who hit Green, and former assistant coach Gregg Williams. The Redskins declined to comment on the case.

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the NFL and former players to negotiate over whether claims of concussion-related injuries will move forward in court or in arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody had planned to rule July 22 in a legal fight involving about 4,200 former players and the league.

However, she told the two sides to try to resolve how the case will proceed by going through mediation. The retirees want the right to sue, while the NFL insists the claims fall under the collective bargaining agreement, and should be resolved in arbitration. Many ex-players say they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions and believe they stem from on-field concussions. The league says safety has always been a top priority.


Golf

Daly to have surgery, miss two majors

John Daly has withdrawn from the British Open because he will have elbow surgery that will end his PGA Tour season.

Daly says the surgery on his right elbow is scheduled for Thursday. He says doctors have told him he could start rehabilitation in early September and could return to golf in the late fall. Daly says he has been playing with a torn tendon since May. He says he hit a root chipping out of the rough on the 12th hole at The Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. Daly will miss the only two majors for which he is eligible — the British Open and the PGA Championship.


Sports in the courts

Lawrence Taylor's son accused of rape

Police in suburban Atlanta say a man who identified himself as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on rape charges. Powder Springs police said Monday that 31-year-old Lawrence Taylor Jr. is accused of having sex with two underage girls.

The elder Taylor, 54, was a linebacker for the New York Giants. He was sentenced last year to six years of probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from sex with an underage prostitute.

LSU running back Jeremy Hill was formally charged in Baton Rouge on Monday with misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot in Baton Rouge.


The last word

Rex Ryan's preparation for the upcoming season includes ... running with the bulls? The Jets confirmed their head coach participated in the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. The Jets said he wasn't injured. The team's official Twitter account tweeted out a photo that shows an apparently slimmer Ryan wearing a red T-shirt with the words ...

"Bad Toro."

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