NFL stands by Browns owner
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The NFL is standing by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
With Haslam embroiled in a legal scandal involving his family-owned truck-stop business, Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed his confidence in Cleveland’s owner and said the league has no plans to intervene or discipline him at this point.
Goodell visited Cleveland’s training camp to launch a program between the league and Pop Warner with USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program. Following a clinic with young players, Goodell said he’s satisfied with Haslam’s handling of the federal investigation at Pilot Flying J, and said the league is proud to be associated with its newest owner.
Goodell added that the league has no plans to intervene at this time.
Cooper to take sensitivity class
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him, and the league plans no further discipline.
Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy also said he forgives Cooper, but he doesn’t view him the same anymore.
Cooper spoke to the media again after practice, telling them his meeting with teammates a night earlier was “extremely emotional.”
NCAA to change basketball setup
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA announced changes to the way it will select teams for the men’s basketball tournament, adding flexibility in hopes of keeping teams properly seeded.
Previously, conference teams couldn’t meet until the regional final — unless a conference had nine teams in the field.
The changes will not affect which teams get into the tourney. But they will allow conference teams that have played only once during the season — including league tournaments — to meet as early as the third round. Teams that have played twice will not face one another until the regional semifinals and teams that have played three times cannot meet until the regional championship.
Fox extends NASCAR deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR completed its television deal by furthering its existing relationship with Fox Sports.
Fox Sports on Thursday picked up the three remaining Sprint Cup Series races and the first 14 Nationwide Series races on the 2015 schedule.
Fox Sports also extended the contract by two years to run through 2024 so it would be the same length as the deal NBC Sports signed last week.
Fox Sports now has the first 16 races of the Cup schedule beginning in 2015. Nine will air on Fox Sports and seven on Fox Sports 1.
NBC Sports said last week seven of its 20 races would air on broadcast NBC. Coupled with Fox’s broadcast races, NASCAR in 2015 will have 16 total races broadcast — the same number as this year.