NFL suspends Stallworth

The Associated PressJune 19, 2009 

Cleveland Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth was indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Thursday for driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Miami.

"The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Stallworth.

"While the criminal justice system has determined the legal consequences of this incident, it is my responsibility as NFL commissioner to determine appropriate league discipline for your actions, which have caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL," Goodell said.

Stallworth, who will not be paid during the suspension, pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking Mario Reyes on March 14. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

After jail, Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions would allow him to play.

Goodell said that, eventually, he would contact Stallworth's representatives before determining the length of the suspension.

Leaf still not in Texas: Ryan Leaf's attorney says the former NFL quarterback is back in West Texas and plans to surrender today on burglary and drug-related charges.

Bill Kelly said he was in court all day Thursday and couldn't get Leaf processed to face one count of burglary and eight drug-related counts associated with the painkiller Hydrocodone.

Smith's trial postponed: Former NFL star Bruce Smith's drunken driving trial in Virginia has been postponed.

The case had been set for Thursday, Smith's 46th birthday. Virginia Beach General District Court records show the case is now set for July 9.

The former Virginia Tech standout was charged with DUI last month after a Virginia Beach police officer stopped him for speeding on Interstate 264.

Jags pick up Cain: The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded long-snapper Jeremy Cain off waivers from the Washington Redskins.

Ovechkin voted NHL's best again

Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin snagged the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP for the second straight year Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Ovechkin also walked off with the NHL Players' Association's Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the most outstanding player in voting by fellow players.

Pavel Datsyuk couldn't top Ovechkin for the Hart or Pearson awards, but he did pull off a double play for the second consecutive season. Datsyuk, the Red Wings' outstanding two-way center, claimed the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward and the Lady Byng for gentlemanly play and skill.

Boston's Tim Thomas, who had a 2.10 goals-against average, won the Vezina Trophy for best goalie, and 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara earned the Norris Trophy as top defenseman.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was given the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top bench boss.

Coyotes ask for new deadline for sale: The Phoenix Coyotes have asked a bankruptcy judge to set a Sept. 15 deadline for the sale of the financially troubled hockey team in a renewed effort to sell to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.

The Coyotes said in court filings Thursday that Balsillie's company, PSE Sports & Entertainment, would be willing to extend its bid, which had been set to expire June 29.

Penguins' Goligoski gets three-year deal: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed offensive-minded defenseman Alex Goligoski to a three-year, $5.5 million contract.

Lafleur penalized: Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur has been given a one-year suspended sentence, fined $100 and ordered to donate $10,000 to charity for giving contradictory testimony during his son's 2007 bail hearing.

NASCAR reduces Long's suspension

NASCAR driver Carl Long's suspension has been reduced to eight races from a record 12, but his record $200,000 fine remains.

National Stock Car Racing commissioner Charles Strang heard Long's final appeal Monday in Chicago. He announced the reduced suspension Wednesday.

Long, a part-time driver in the Sprint Cup series, was penalized for having an oversized engine at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

Long and his wife, car owner DeeDee Long, were suspended 12 races and docked 200 points. Crew chief Charles Swing was fined $200,000.

Long appealed in hopes of leniency for his low-budget team.

Navarro upsets champion Ferrer

Ivan Navarro upset defending champion David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 Thursday in a grass-court match between Spaniards to reach the Ordina Open semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Navarro next plays Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands. Sluiter defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Razzano advances: Virginie Razzano upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (5), 7-5 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Eastbourne Championships in England.

Marion Bartoli defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Razzano in the warm-up to Wimbledon.

In the men's draw, fourth-seeded Fabrice Santoro advanced when Ivan Ljubicic retired with a left ankle injury.

Free agent Odom wants to stay in L.A.

Lamar Odom says he wants to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, and he hopes the team will keep both him and Trevor Ariza.

Odom and Ariza become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

"You want to keep the team together," Odom said. "We just won a championship, you don't want to see one piece not there. Hopefully we can keep everybody here."

Odom met with coach Phil Jackson and GM Mitch Kupchak.

RailHawks take on Aztex tonight

The Carolina RailHawks close out their five-games-in-11-days stretch today against the Austin Aztex at 8:30 p.m. at Nelson Field in Austin, Texas.

The RailHawks (7-3-2) are in second place in the USL-1 with 23 points, one behind Charleston.

Perry wins N.C. Women's Amateur

Katherine Perry, 17, of Cary fired the only sub-par round of the day to win the 60th N.C. Women's State Amateur Championship by two strokes over Patty Moore of Charlotte on Thursday at Wilson Country Club in Wilson.

Bahama's Meghan Moore (2 over) finished tied for third, while Joanna Saleeby (3 over) of Raleigh was tied for sixth. Julie Saleeby of Raleigh and Stacy Creech of Chapel Hill (4 over) tied for eighth.

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