Browns WR Stallworth suspended indefinitely
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, two days after Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and began serving a 30-day jail sentence in Miami.
In excerpts of his letter to Stallworth, Goodell said Stallworth’s “continued eligibility” would “undermine the integrity of and public confidence in our league.”
Goodell said he eventually will meet with Stallworth and levy a more specific suspension. An indefinite suspension against Adam “Pacman” Jones in October 2008 was amended to six games.
Stallworth was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .126, over the Florida limit of .08, when he struck and killed pedestrian Mario Reyes, 59, on March 14 in Miami Beach. Stallworth has reached a financial settlement with the family.
Also: An Ohio prosecutor is opposing former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett’s April request for early release from prison to pursue an NFL career. Clarett was sentenced in September 2006 to serve at least 31/2 years for a holdup outside a Columbus bar and a separate highway chase earlier that year that ended with police finding loaded guns in his SUV.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is back in west Texas and plans to surrender today on burglary and drug-related charges, his attorney said. Leaf was arrested Wednesday in Washington state while returning from Canada and told authorities he planned to fly to Texas that night after posting bond.
Las Vegas clubs to play in region quarterfinals
Seven Las Vegas teams will begin play today in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Region Championships in Lancaster, Calif.
The Neusport Green 13-and-younger boys team went 3-0 in its preliminary games. Other boys teams advancing were Las Vegas Premier (under 18), Cordia USA (under 16) and Neusport (under 12).
Local girls teams playing in the quarterfinals are Las Vegas Premier White (under 13), Las Vegas Premier Black (under 14) and Neusport Green (under 16).
Today’s winners will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing Sunday for regional titles and berths in the July 21 to 26 national tournament in Lancaster, Mass.
For match results, go to usyouthsoccer.org.
Nadal loses, to decide today on Wimbledon
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal looked hampered by his injured knees in a 6-4, 6-3 exhibition loss to Lleyton Hewitt in London. Afterward, Nadal said he will decide today whether he can play at Wimbledon, which begins Monday.
Nadal played without tape on his knees but frequently appeared a step slow on the grass court. The match was his first since a loss to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the French Open.
Nadal looked increasingly frustrated against the hard-serving Hewitt, repeatedly failing to get to balls he normally reaches and struggling with unforced backhand errors.
Nadal, who did not speak to reporters, will play Stanislas Wawrinka today in an exhibition before deciding on Wimbledon, where he is the defending champion.
Also: Ivan Navarro upset defending champion David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 in a match between Spaniards to reach the Ordina Open semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands.
Virginie Razzano upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (5), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the Eastbourne Championships in England.
In a renewed effort to sell to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, the Phoenix Coyotes have asked a bankruptcy judge to set a Sept. 15 deadline for the sale of the financially troubled hockey team. Balsillie wants to buy the franchise and move it to Hamilton, Ontario, against the NHL’s wishes.
On Monday, in a victory for the NHL, a Phoenix judge rejected the proposed sale of the franchise to Balsillie, concluding that his June 29 deadline did not allow enough time to resolve the case.
Philadelphia 76ers star Andre Iguodala is being sued for child support by a New Jersey woman who alleges that she has no income and has been compelled to obtain medical coverage through the state. The 23-year-old woman is seeking $12,000 to $15,000 a month.
Lance Armstrong’s Astana team appears ready to participate in the Tour de France after reaching an agreement with its Kazakh Cycling Federation backers to solve financial problems that have plagued the team this year.
Tour de France organizers banned former world champion Tom Boonen from next month’s race after the Belgian rider tested positive for cocaine for the second time in less than a year.
John Vornsand and Eddie Olson qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship in July after two days of play at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Vornsand shot a 135 total, and Olson defeated James Salerno in a playoff after both finished at 136.