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Sports briefs: March 14

NFL

Browns bring in Delhomme to compete at quarterback

Jake Delhomme has a new NFL home, and the Cleveland Browns have another new quarterback.

Delhomme, released last week by the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Browns, whose quarterback position has been nothing short of a merry-go-round of players since the club returned as an expansion team 11 years ago.

Delhomme's agent, Rick Smith, said the 35-year-old QB would sign his contract before the club's off-season conditioning program begins. Smith refused to comment beyond saying Delhomme would be resuming his career in Cleveland.

A team spokesman said the Browns have no announcements planned.

Cleveland has been busy trying to resolve a troublesome position. Earlier this week, the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace and released Derek Anderson, a one-time Pro Bowl selection who has struggled in the past two seasons.

Delhomme is expected to compete for Cleveland's starting job with Brady Quinn, who has yet to receive any endorsement from the club's new front office.

Delhomme is coming off his worst season as a pro. He threw 18 interceptions and the Panthers decided to cut him despite still owing him more than $12 million. Delhomme went 58-40 as a starter with Carolina, leading the franchise to its lone Super Bowl appearance to end the 2003 season.

Tomlinson leaves N.Y. without a deal

LaDainian Tomlinson flew home to San Diego on Saturday to consider his options after spending a day with the New York Jets and leaving without a deal. The free agent — the eighth-leading rusher in NFL history — was on a flight Saturday morning after his visit. He arrived in New Jersey on Thursday night after meeting with the Vikings and spent Friday touring the Jets' facility in Florham Park. He then had dinner with Coach Rex Ryan, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and other team officials, who tried to persuade him to join an offense ranked No. 1 in rushing last season.

Tomlinson, who has rushed for 12,490 career yards, will turn 31 in June and was released by the Chargers last month after his least productive season. He ran for 730 yards on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, all career lows.

Mawae re-elected as NFLPA president

Free agent center Kevin Mawae was unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL Players Association during the union's board of player representatives meeting Saturday. Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, will serve his second straight two-year term beginning this season. The 16-year veteran has spent the last four seasons playing with the Tennessee Titans.

College Football

Leach faces James during deposition

Mike Leach sat across from his accuser Saturday as Craig James gave sworn testimony in the former coach's lawsuit against Texas Tech. James, whose complaint of mistreatment of his son led to Leach's firing, declined to comment as he walked into the university's administration building before his deposition. Leach gave more than five hours of sworn testimony Friday. When asked if he would be questioning James, he said, "I'm not allowed to." Adam James, the son of the ESPN analyst and former NFL player, was to testify under oath later Saturday. Leach will not be in the room when the younger James gives his deposition.

■ California hired former NFL quarterback Akili Smith as an administrative assistant on the coaching staff. Smith spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Grossmont College in San Diego. He played college ball at Oregon when Cal Coach Jeff Tedford was an assistant. He was the third overall pick by Cincinnati in 1999 but lasted only four years in the NFL.

College baseball

Louisville's 13-game win streak is over

The Louisville baseball team had its season-opening 13-game winning streak ended on Saturday afternoon with an 8-3 road loss to host Mississippi. The Rebels opened the scoring in the first inning with two runs on one hit off Louisville lefty Dean Kiekhefer, who played at Oldham County. Ole Miss added to its lead an inning later with four more runs for a commanding 6-0 advantage after two innings.

Basketball

Stallions advance to ABA final four

The Bluegrass Stallions advanced to the final four of the ABA playoffs in their inaugural season with a 99-91 win over the Jersey Express on Saturday. Former University of Kentucky player Bobby Perry and Bo Harris led the Stallions with 18 points each. Former Lafayette High School and Eastern Kentucky standout, Darnell Dialls, pulled down a game high 14 rebounds to go with nine points and stellar defense.

Track and field

Oregon's Eaton breaks O'Brien's record

Ashton Eaton's teammates tried to keep quiet as he approached a world record in the heptathlon — as if the Oregon senior was somehow unaware of how close he was to Dan O'Brien's mark.

"I think everybody thought I didn't know. At least my teammates were trying to be like, 'Shhh, don't tell,'" Eaton said. "I was like, 'Come on, you know something like that.'"

Eaton broke O'Brien's 17-year-old mark Saturday at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, finishing the seven-sport event with 6,499 points. With the crowd on its feet urging him on, Eaton surpassed the old record of 6,476 by running a personal best in the 1,000 meters.

Tennis

Henin defeated in second round

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki rallied for a win in her first tournament in a month. However, former champion Justine Henin's comeback hit a roadblock in the California event. Henin, playing her third tournament since ending a 19-month retirement, trailed 4-1, in the third set Friday and lost to Gisela Dulko of Argentina, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Wozniack also trailed, 4-1 in the third set, but the 19-year-old who uses boxing workouts to improve her physical fitness, rebounded to beat Vania King, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, in their second-round match.

Henin, who retired in May, 2008, while No. 1 in the world, had reached the finals at Brisbane, Australia, and in the Australian Open in her previous outings this year. But against Dulko, the 31st seed in this 96-player event, the Belgian continued to struggle on serve, saving just two of eight break points, and never could find consistency with her groundstrokes.

The last word

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won the Rebel Stakes with Kentucky Derby contender Lookin At Lucky at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. Baffert said he was last at the Hot Springs, Ark., track with Miss Gibson County in 1994. In 1998, as Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm was healing from a bruise, Baffert said he considered bringing the horse to Oaklawn but instead sent him to Dubai:

"It's easier to get to Dubai."

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