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Bills’ Dareus to enter substance abuse program
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Marcell Dareus’ attorney said the Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed.
Rod Giddens wrote in an email to the Associated Press yesterday that Dareus was allowed to enter the program during a hearing at Calhoun County Court in Alabama earlier in the day. Dareus attended the hearing while being excused from training camp in suburban Rochester, New York.
Buffalo’s WKBW-TV first reported the agreement.
Dareus, who is from Alabama, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper on May 5.
The charges will be dismissed and potentially expunged should the 2011 first-round draft pick successfully completes the program.
Wilson cleared to practice with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants running back David Wilson was cleared for contact work after recovering from neck surgery.
Although he attended offseason workouts with the Giants, Wilson was held back from many activities by the team’s medical staff until yesterday, when the team reported for training camp.
“I got cleared this morning,” Wilson said. “That was the best news I’d gotten in a while.”
New York’s first practice is today, and the Giants play on Aug. 3 in the Hall of Fame game against Buffalo.
The 2012 first-round draft pick appeared in only five games last season after a solid rookie year in which he led the league in kickoff returns with a 26.9-yard average. He’s also had some issues with fumbling.
Bengals put DT Atkins on PUP list
CINCINNATI – Standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall were among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list yesterday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Atkins missed seven games and the Bengals’ one playoff game last season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. He was an All-Pro in 2012 and has made two Pro Bowls.
Atkins and Hall, who started only five times last season before tearing his Achilles tendon, are eligible to come off that list anytime during the preseason. They count against the team’s 90-man roster limit.
Punter Kevin Huber also was placed on PUP with a neck problem. Other veterans on the list were guard Clint Boling (knee); linebacker Marquis Flowers (hamstring); receivers Ryan Whalen and Colin Lockett, both with hamstring injuries; defensive tackles Devon Still and Zach Minter, both with back problems.
Cincinnati waived rookie receiver Alex Neutz, placed three players on the non-football injury list – receiver Marvin Jones (ankle), rookie quarterback A.J. McCarron (shoulder) and cornerback Onterio McCalebb – and signed rookie defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross of Virginia-Lynchburg.
Dream’s Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer
ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream Coach Michael Cooper was diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.
The team said Cooper is taking a temporary leave of absence and will have surgery this week in Atlanta. The Dream say a full recovery is expected.
Cooper is expected to miss about two weeks, and assistant coach Karleen Thompson will fill in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota today.
In a statement released by the team yesterday, Cooper said he is fortunate to have an early diagnosis. He says his case “illustrates the importance of screening and early detection.”
Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record. Cooper, the former Lakers guard, coached the East to a 125-124 overtime victory at the WNBA All-Star game Saturday.
Rockies place 1B Morneau on 15-day DL
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained neck.
The move is retroactive to July 14.
To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment.
Moments before the first pitch against Washington, the team announced reliever Boone Logan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with diverticulitis, a condition in which the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed or infected. Nick Masset (strained left patellar tendon) was reinstated from the DL to take Logan’s place in the bullpen.
Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. He took part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game in Minnesota.
Giants sign Uggla to minor-league deal
PHILADELPHIA – The San Francisco Giants signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract.
Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job. The move was announced during last night’s game against the Phillies.
The Giants haven’t had much production from their second basemen this season. They’re hoping a change in scenery helps Uggla.
The 34-year-old Uggla has 233 career homers and .244 average. He had five straight 30-homer seasons for the Marlins and Braves between 2007-11. He hit .196 with 43 homers and 143 RBIs in 1,101 at-bats since 2012.
Uggla will cost the Giants only $500,000. The Braves are responsible for the $18 million he’s guaranteed over the rest of this season and next year.
Young signs deal to stay with Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Free-agent guard Nick Young signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak yesterday described Young as a “bright spot” during last year’s losing season. He says he’s glad to keep someone committed to the rebuilding of the team.
Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench. He started nine of 64 games. Young led the NBA in four-point plays with seven, a team record.
The Lakers also signed free-agent forward Ryan Kelly, who averaged 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists during his rookie season. He started 25 of 59 games.
Kelly also spent five games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA’s D-League. He was selected 48th overall by the Lakers in last year’s draft out of Duke.
Reports: Colombia’s Rodriguez going to Real Madrid
MADRID – World Cup scoring leader James Rodriguez of Colombia is said to be leaving Monaco for Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old striker scored six goals in Brazil, including a spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.
The Spanish sports newspaper As said yesterday that Monaco has agreed to terms with Madrid. The paper adds that the president of the Spanish club, Florentino Perez, has delayed his flight to Los Angeles, where the team is to have preseason training.
The sports newspaper Marca, traditionally close to Madrid executives, says Rodriguez is to be presented to fans today.
Madrid already has signed Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for next season.