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Redman to start at running back for Steelers
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman spent most of the preseason on the bench as a precaution after tweaking his neck during practice.
That didn’t stop Coach Mike Tomlin from making Redman the starter for Sunday’s season opener against Tennessee.
The Steelers cut Jonathan Dwyer – their leading rusher last season – and handed the starting job to Redman while second-round pick Le’Veon Bell recovers from a sprained right foot.
Redman ran for 410 yards on 110 carries, a 3.7 average, in 2012.
Browns reach agreement with kicker Cundiff
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns reached agreement on a contract with former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, who has just a few days to prepare for the season opener.
Cundiff, who previously kicked for Cleveland, auditioned yesterday for the Browns. The team needed a kicker just four days before playing Miami after terminating veteran Shayne Graham’s contract and releasing rookie Brandon Bogotay.
Cundiff was cut last month by the New York Jets.
Bills sign K Carpenter to replace injured Hopkins
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Kicker Dan Carpenter finally landed a job after signing with the Buffalo Bills yesterday, one day after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins was hurt in practice.
The Bills have not revealed how Hopkins was hurt or how much time he might miss.
Carpenter has five years of NFL experience with Miami, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He was released by the Dolphins last month and failed in tryout bids with Arizona and the New York Jets over the past two weeks.
Saints bring back wide receiver Meachem
METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints brought back receiver Robert Meachem, shortly after his release by the San Diego Chargers.
The Saints announced that Meachem has been signed to a one-year contract for which financial terms have not been released.
His best season in New Orleans was 2009, when he had 45 catches for 722 yards and nine touchdowns in helping the Saints win their only Super Bowl title.
Last season, Meachem caught 14 passes for 207 yards and two TDs, both against the Saints.
Cowboys acquire DE Rayford from Colts
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys acquired defensive end Caesar Rayford from the Indianapolis Colts. In the deal announced yesterday, the Cowboys sent an undisclosed draft pick to Indianapolis.
The 27-year-old Rayford, a veteran of the Arena and Canadian leagues, signed with the Colts in May. He had five sacks and 11 tackles in the preseason.
Rayford was undrafted out of Washington. After six sacks in 31 games for the Huskies from 2005-07, Rayford played in the CFL for two seasons after that and then had 22 ½ sacks in three AFL seasons.
Colts waive rookie Boyett day after arrest
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts waived safety John Boyett a day after he was arrested on public intoxication and other charges.
He was the Colts’ sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon in April, but was on the non-football injury list with injuries to both knees.
An Indianapolis police report said the 23-year-old was upset he was not allowed into a downtown nightclub early Monday because he had too much to drink. The report said when an officer attempted to arrest Boyett, he ran. After he was caught, Boyett repeatedly argued officers could not arrest him because he “was a Colts player.” The police said Boyett faces preliminary charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
Indians’ Masterson to miss at least one start
CLEVELAND – Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique, another blow to a team that’s struggling to stay in playoff contention.
Indians Manager Terry Francona said Masterson will definitely miss some time, but hopes Cleveland’s No. 1 starter isn’t out for the season. An MRI yesterday revealed the injury to the right-hander, who made his first All-Star team this season.
Masterson leads the Indians in wins and is tied for first in the AL with three shutouts. The right-hander is 14-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts.
Padres sign OF Venable to 2-year extension
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Will Venable to an $8.5 million, two-year contract extension through 2015.
Venable, the son of former big leaguer Max Venable, will make $4.25 million each of the next two seasons.
He’s hitting .273 with a career-high 20 home runs, and has 15 stolen bases. He leads NL outfielders with a .510 slugging percentage and is second in the majors to the Angels’ Mike Trout (.588).
Indians closer Perez guilty in marijuana case
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog’s name.
Perez withdrew his not guilty plea in Rocky River Municipal Court outside Cleveland and was found guilty and fined $250. He also was placed on probation for one year and was ordered to speak to youngsters about drugs.
Postal inspectors tipped off the police about suspicious packages mailed to the Perez home. They say Perez’s wife, Melanie, accepted two packages with about a third of a pound of marijuana.
Suns, Beasley agree to terminate contract
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns and Michael Beasley reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the troubled power forward.
The move yesterday will cost the franchise $7 million, a $2 million savings from what Beasley would have been due had he simply been waived. It also represents a significant reduction in what the hit on the team’s salary cap would have been.
Beasley was arrested a month ago in suburban Scottsdale on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving the drug that have plagued his NBA career after he was selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Kansas State in 2008.
Raptors waive Richardson two months after trade
TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors waived swingman Quentin Richardson yesterday, less than two months after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks.
The Raptors shipped forward Andrea Bargnani to New York on July 10, receiving Richardson, center Marcus Camby, forward Steve Novak, and three draft picks in the deal.
Waiving Richardson wasn’t unexpected, as the 13-year NBA veteran was only part of the July deal because of salary considerations.
Illinois kicks running back Ayoola off team
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Illinois Coach Tim Beckman said sophomore running back Dami Ayoola was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Beckman said yesterday that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native will no longer be with the team. A day earlier, Beckman said only that he was working through “a situation” with Ayoola.
Ayoola was one of Beckman’s top signings in his first recruiting class at Illinois. The 5-10, 205-pound Ayoola played in 11 games as a freshman and rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
America’s Cup champion Oracle docked 2 points
SAN FRANCISCO – An international jury levied the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, docking defending champion Oracle Team USA two points in the finals against Emirates Team Zealand and expelling a key sailor.
The penalties announced against the syndicate yesterday are for illegally modifying prototype boats in warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.
Oracle Team USA must win 11 races to retain the silver trophy. Team New Zealand must still win nine races in the series, which starts Saturday on San Francisco Bay.
Dirk de Ridder, who trims the wing sail, is barred from sailing in the regatta, and two shore crew members also have been expelled. Grinder Matt Mitchell has been barred from the first four races.
Oracle Team USA also was fined $250,000.