Attorney challenging NFL discipline policy

Sports attorney David Cornwell is challenging the NFL’s right to discipline players by proposing to appoint an independent arbitrator to review — and have the power to change — rulings made by the commissioner.

Cornwell, one of four finalists to replace the late Gene Upshaw as the NFL Players Association’s executive director, described the league’s current disciplinary policy as being “Draconian” and requiring independent oversight.

Currently, commissioner Roger Goodell determines NFL suspensions. Aside from filing grievances with the NFL, the union’s only other option is going to court.

Also: The Arizona Cardinals signed cornerback Bryant McFadden to a two-year contract. McFadden made eight starts last season for the Super Bowl champion Steelers. He had 54 tackles and one sack despite missing six games due to an arm injury.


Yang edges Rollins for Honda Classic title

Y.E. Yang earned his first PGA Tour title, closing out a one-shot victory over John Rollins at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Yang shot 2-under 68 for a 9-under 271 total.

Also: South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore for her fourth LPGA Tour victory in eight months.

Shin shot 6-under 66 for an 11-under 277 total and a two-stroke victory over Australia’s Katherine Hull.

Eduardo Romero shot 3-under 68 for an 11-under 202 total to win the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic by one stroke over Joey Sindelar and Mark O’Meara in Newport Beach, Calif.


Beckham helps pay way to stay with AC Milan

David Beckham is spending his own money to remain on loan with AC Milan before he returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy in July.

The English midfielder will stay through the end of the Italian team’s season — May 31. He’ll be available for England’s two World Cup qualifiers in June and will rejoin the Galaxy on July 1.

Also: The Milwaukee Brewers released reliever Eric Gagne so he can rehabilitate his sore shoulder in Tempe, Ariz., at a private facility. Gagne was in the Brewers’ camp as a nonroster invitee on a minor league contract.

The Wranglers’ woes continued with a 2-0 loss to the Alaska Aces in an ECHL game in Anchorage, Alaska.

Las Vegas (27-26-8) could not solve Aces goalie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, who had 30 saves.

The Wranglers finished their 10-game road trip with a 1-6-3 mark.

Already likely to be the top pick in the NHL Draft, John Tavares burnished his credentials a little bit more.

The teenager set the Ontario Hockey League record by scoring three goals on Sunday to give him 215 in his junior career.

The UNLV softball team beat Notre Dame 5-3 at Eller Media Stadium, bolstered by a three-run second inning that broke a 2-2 tie.

Jaci Hull was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Rebels (16-8).

The UNLV baseball team routed Butler 14-2 to complete a four-game sweep at Wilson Stadium. Scott Berke went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Anthony Morel was 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Rebels (11-3).

UNR’s Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson were named Sunday to the all-Western Athletic Conference first team by the league’s coaches.

Babbitt, a forward, also was selected as freshman of the year and a member of the all-newcomer team.

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