NFL: Harrison signs with Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — James Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that Steelers bling.
The former Pittsburgh linebacker signed a two-year contract, completing the deal he agreed to four days earlier. The five-time Pro Bowl player had to find a new team when he couldn’t agree on a restructured contract with the Steelers, who needed to get under the salary cap.
NFL increasing security for draft
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is increasing security for this week’s draft at Radio City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings, including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of personal property.
Even league officials, players and their families will be subject to such measures. The league said that spectators who don’t consent to the security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Brown will rejoin Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Brown and the Cavaliers are getting back together.
Brown, who led the Cavs to the playoffs in all five seasons he coached them from 2005-10, has agreed in principle to a contract to return as their coach for a second time, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Brown hasn’t yet signed his new deal, but has agreed to take the job. Brown’s hiring could be announced as early as today.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mike Dunlap is one and done with the Charlotte Bobcats, fired after a single season.
The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of only the Orlando Magic. Charlotte won just seven games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, but tripling last season’s victory total and a three-game winning streak to close the season weren’t enough to save Dunlap’s job.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana forward Paul George was honored as the NBA’s Most Improved Player. The announcement came less than a week after the 6-foot-9 forward finished his breakthrough regular season.
Penske to plead case to panel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Penske Racing will take its appeal of penalties and fines against defending champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano before a three-member NASCAR panel next week.
NASCAR selects the panel from a list of 48 people — former car owners, crew chiefs and drivers, as well as current track promoters and industry veterans.
Justice: Cyclist was ‘enriched’
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was “unjustly enriched” while cheating to win the Tour de France.
The government had previously announced it would join the whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis under the federal False Claims Act. Tuesday was the deadline for the Justice Department to file its formal complaint.
The Postal Service paid about $40 million to be the title sponsor of Armstrong’s teams for six of his seven Tour de France victories. The filing in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., says the USPS paid Armstrong $17 million form 1998-2004. The lawsuit also names former team Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants.