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FILE - These 2013 file photos show members of The Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team offense, selected Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Top row from left are Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Josh Gordon, Cleveland; Jimmy Graham, New Orleans; Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Ryan Kalil, Carolina and Peyton Manning, Denver. Bottom row from left are Evan Mathis, Philadelphia; LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota; Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Joe Thomas, Cleveland and Mike Tolbert, Carolina. (AP Photo/File)
Browns WR Gordon charged with DWI
RALEIGH, N.C. – Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh yesterday, bringing the troubled Pro Bowler’s already cloudy future into more doubt.
Gordon was taken into custody after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh around 3 a.m. yesterday, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
The police report on Gordon’s arrest wasn’t finished, so Sughrue didn’t know what type of vehicle Gordon was driving or what led the officer to suspect he had been drinking.
Gordon reportedly failed a drug test during the offseason, which could lead to a season-long ban. In May, he was ticketed for speeding and a passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession. He pleaded not guilty and has a hearing in the case scheduled for next Friday. Gordon was at team’s recent minicamp, but has declined interviews.
Browns management has been waiting to hear from the NFL before deciding Gordon’s future.
Jurrjens calls tightness in chest “super scary”
DENVER – Jair Jurrjens was breathing a little easier yesterday after the tightness in his chest turned out to be nothing more than a scare.
The newly acquired Colorado Rockies pitcher was taken to the hospital following his start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers after struggling to catch his breath.
Jurrjens said X-rays and blood work revealed nothing out of the ordinary and his shortness of breath may simply be due to the altitude.
The 28-year-old described the incident as “super scary” and that “every time I wanted to take a deep breath, I wasn’t able to. Just got tighter and tighter.”
Garcia says he may need more surgery
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia says he may need additional shoulder surgery because he’s experiencing nerve issues and numbness in his hand.
The 27-year-old Garcia is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts this season and is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness.
Garcia was a 13-game winner each of his first two seasons in 2010 and 2011. He’s totaled 15 wins since then and made just nine starts last season before undergoing a season-ending procedure for tears in the rotator cuff and labrum.
Garcia said his injury is similar to that of former teammate Chris Carpenter, who battled nerve issues for several seasons. Carpenter retired at age 38 before the 2013 season, getting just a handful of starts after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery.
Brewers’ Braun leaves with back spasms
CINCINNATI – Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left a game against the Cincinnati Reds yesterday with spasms in his lower back.
Braun struck out swinging in the first and played right field in the bottom half of the inning. He was replaced in the field by Logan Schafer for the second inning.
Braun has been one of the Brewers’ most consistent hitters lately. He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped during a 4-2 loss on Friday night. He is batting .289 with 11 homers and a team-high 49 RBI.
Montoya wins pole at Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa. – Juan Pablo Montoya had a two-lap average of 223.871 mph yesterday at Pocono Raceway for his first carer IndyCar pole.
Driving for Team Penske in his open-wheel return after seven years in NASCAR, the Colombian knocked off Penske teammate Will Power on the final qualifying run yesterday.
Carlos Munoz joins Montoya and Power on the front row.
Montoya won a Pocono pole in NASCAR in August 2012.
Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe are on the second row.
Rosberg takes pole position at British GP
SILVERSTONE, England – Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix, surpassing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of a shock-filled and rain-hit qualifying session yesterday.
The German secured pole by persevering on his final lap in drying conditions as Hamilton – who had the fastest time up to that point – aborted his lap and pulled into the pits. The Briton qualified a disappointing sixth for his home race.
Defending four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second for Red Bull and McLaren’s Jenson Button a surprising third.
Qualifying at plate races could be changed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – That strange qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway might end up being a one-time thing.
NASCAR executive Robin Pemberton said rules could be tweaked to prevent teams from trying to scheme ways to post the fastest laps during the three knockout stages.
Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said “we’ll sit down and we’ll talk about some of these things toward the latter stages of the year and see what we may rub on and do a little changing or some things like that.”
NASCAR’s new qualifying rules were used for the first time at Daytona in the Sprint Cup Series on Friday, and it produced some head-scratching moments as groups of cars slowed to a crawl around the 2½-mile superspeedway.
Zuniga apologizes to Neymar for tackle
RIO DE JANEIRO – Colombia defender Camilo Zuniga sent a letter of apology to Neymar, saying he is “deeply sorry and sad” for causing the injury that knocked the Brazil striker out of the World Cup.
“Although I feel the situation was normal in a game, there was no bad intention, malice or negligence on my part,” Zuniga said yesterday in a statement released by the Colombian team.
Neymar, Brazil’s key player at the World Cup, fractured a vertebra in his back late in Friday’s 2-1 quarterfinal win and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. Brazil plays Germany in a World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
“I admire you, respect you and consider you one of the best players in the world,” Zuniga wrote. “I hope you recover and return quickly.”
Brazil great Ronaldo told a news conference Saturday that he thought “the injury was a very violent one,” and added: “We could see on television there was an intention by the Colombia player to actually cause some harm.”
Argentine hooligan leader detained at World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s Justice Ministry said the police detained the alleged leader of Argentina’s infamous soccer hooligans inside a World Cup stadium.
The ministry said Pablo Alvarez was taken into custody yesterday at the Brasilia stadium where Argentina beat Belgium, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
A ministry statement said Alvarez will be deported after the federal police, and the Argentine police working with them in Brazil, have finished taking statements from him.
Brazilian authorities have taken precautions to halt known hooligans from entering Brazil for the World Cup, and are deporting those who make it inside the country.
Hurley extends lead to 2 at Greenbrier Classic
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Billy Hurley III shot a 3-under 67 yesterday to extend his lead to two strokes over Angel Cabrera after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Hurley never relinquished the lead he has held since midway through the second round at Old White TPC. The former U.S. Navy officer birdied the par-5 12th and par-4 13th before dropping a stroke on the par-3 15th.
He had a 12-under 198 total. No third-round leader has won the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fifth year. Playoffs have decided the tournament twice.
Cabrera shot 64. He’s looking for his first non-major win on the PGA Tour.
Kevin Chappell was third at 9 under after a 69. Steve Stricker had a 68 to top the group at 8 under.
Stadler leads French Open by 4 after three rounds
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – In challenging conditions, Kevin Stadler shot a 1-over 72 and still managed to extend his lead to four strokes over Victor Riu and Thongchai Jaidee after the third round of the French Open yesterday.
Leading since the first round, Stadler endured wind gusts and brief showers and made two bogeys and a birdie for a 9-under 204 total.
Riu wasted a solid front nine after the turn with six bogeys to card a 73, sharing second place with Thongchai, who shot 69.
U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer signed off a 70 to move into fourth, six strokes off the lead.
Stadler could become the first American to win this tournament since Barry Jaeckel in 1972.