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Running back Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins
RENTON, Wash. – Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp.
Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.
Wide receiver Johnson reports to Texans camp
HOUSTON – Andre Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.
The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was “still the place for me.”
Yesterday, he wouldn’t divulge what exactly was said or done to get him to return to the team. But he says he’s excited to be back with his teammates and that it’s his plan to finish his career with the Texans.
The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season.
With appeal upcoming, Gordon reports to camp with Browns
BEREA, Ohio – Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.
Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on Friday. He’s facing an indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season.
Cowboys LB McClain convicted in Alabama, plans to appeal
DECATUR, Ala. – A judge yesterday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player’s bid to restart his career.
Municipal Judge Billy Cook convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts after a non-jury trial that lasted about three hours. McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police officers trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.
McClain won’t have to report for his jail sentence until after an appeal is complete in state court. It’s unclear how long an appeal might take.
The Cowboys acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland in 2010 but hasn’t played since 2012.
Three sue Pounceys over alleged fight at nightclub
MIAMI – NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
According to the lawsuit, the Pounceys harassed James with homophobic remarks and physically attacked him July 12. The lawsuit said Pickett was beaten when she tried to intervene and Williams was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the club.
The Pounceys’ attorney has said the brothers were not involved in any altercation.
Yankees put Capuano on big league roster; lefty starts today
NEW YORK – Left-hander Chris Capuano was put on the New York Yankees’ major league roster, a day after he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies. Capuano will start today against Toronto, with Shane Greene pushed back to tomorrow.
The 35-year-old Capuano was 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Boston, which released him July 1. He had four starts at Triple-A and Double-A for the Rockies.
Mets RHP Matsuzaka returns to N.Y. to have elbow examined
MILWAUKEE – The Mets said pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to New York to have his right elbow examined.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 33-year-old Matsuzaka felt something in his elbow a day earlier.
Matsuzaka pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs in the Mets’ 9-1 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Matsuzaka is 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 games this season. He’s made nine starts.
Langer opens seven-shot lead at Senior British Open
BRIDGEND, Wales – Bernhard Langer has a seven-stroke lead to take into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting a 5-under 66 yesterday to add to his opening 65.
The German is on 11-under 131 overall at a sunny Royal Porthcawl with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie (66) and England’s Chris Williams (70) tied for second on 4-under 138.
Spaniard Pedro Linhart (69) is a further shot back in fourth, while Americans Bob Tway (73) and Tom Watson (66) share fifth on 2-under 140.
Furyk, Petrovic, share Canadian Open lead
MONTREAL – Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes yesterday for a 7-under 63 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Tim Petrovic.
The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 at Royal Montreal. Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66.
Canada’s Graham DeLeat, paired with Furyk, was two strokes back along with Kyle Stanley. DeLeat, trying to become the first Canadian winner in the event since 1954, had a 63. Stanley shot 67.
Furyk won the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles in 2010. The 47-year-old Petrovic won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2005.
Fognini, qualifier Cuevas in Croatia Open semifinals
UMAG, Croatia – Top-seeded Fabio Fognini rallied to defeat Borna Coric of Croatia, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open yesterday.
Defending champion Tommy Robredo also advanced to the last four after beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-1, 6-4.
The 18th-ranked Robredo next faces third-seeded Marin Cilic, who eased past Czech Lukas Rosol, 6-0, 6-2.
Also yesterday, Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, to become the first qualifier in the event’s semifinals since Viktor Troicki in 2007. Cuevas will play Fognini.
Haase beats defending champ Youzhny at Swiss Open
GSTAAD, Switzerland – Robin Haase advanced to the semifinals of the Swiss Open by beating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, yesterday in a rematch of last year’s final.
Haase, a Dutchman seeded seventh, will play Juan Monaco in today’s semifinals. Monaco beat two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, 7-6 (1), 6-1.
In a match held over from Thursday, fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain completed a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
Verdasco returned on court later to beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1, in the last quarterfinal match.
Verdasco set up an all-Spanish semifinal against Pablo Andujar, who beat another Spaniard, second-seeded Marcel Granollers, 7-5, 6-3.