NFL: Broncos punish execs over DUIs
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos came down hard on their two executives facing drunken driving charges, suspending them without pay and making it clear they must straighten out their lives if they want to work in the NFL again.
Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month. Russell and Heckert will be provided with confidential treatment, rehabilitation and counseling services and must comply with these programs before they’re allowed to return to work, team president Joe Ellis said.
Heisman winner pleads guilty
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.
Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson said Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest.
UNC coach mulling punishment
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams said leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face “serious consequences” after being arrested last month on a drug charge during a traffic stop.
In a statement, Williams said he hasn’t yet determined a punishment for Hairston, who has also been cited twice by police while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon. Williams said there are “several options available,” including a possible suspension. Hairston faces an August court hearing and isn’t enrolled in summer school.
Hairston was also arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Real Madrid tops Forbes’ list
NEW YORK (AP) — Real Madrid tops Forbes’ list of 50 most valuable sports teams, with Manchester United and Barcelona holding the next two spots.
According to the magazine, Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion, moving up a spot from No. 2 last year.
Man United, which was No. 1 last year, is worth $3.17 million. Barcelona, Real Madrid’s fierce rival and Spanish League champions last season, is worth $2.6 billion.
Among pro teams in the United States, the New York Yankees are fourth with a value of $2.3 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are fifth at $2.1 billion.
Thirty NFL teams made the list, along with seven baseball teams and seven soccer teams.
Adidas drops Gay after failed test
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (AP) — Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of Tyson Gay after the American sprinter’s positive doping test. After learning that a banned substance was detected in a May out-of-competition test, Gay pulled out of the upcoming world championships.
The sportswear giant has worked with Gay since 2005.