Appeals by Cowboys, Redskins to be heard today by arbitrator

The Dallas Cowboys filed a brief in their challenge of a $10 million salary-cap reduction by the NFL. Owner Jerry Jones says his team followed the rules before being penalized.

A hearing is set today before arbitrator Stephen Burbank on appeals by the Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, whose cap was reduced by $36 million. The two NFC East teams were penalized for overloading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season despite league warnings.

Jones said Wednesday that all his team’s contracts were approved by the league. But he acknowledged that it is a “complicated issue.”

Suspended former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says he’s disappointed his sworn statement regarding the NFL’s bounty investigation was leaked.

Adrian Peterson is progressing ahead of pace through his left knee rehabilitation, but the Minnesota Vikings won’t promise he’ll play in their first game.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Anaheim star Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie midway through the third period to help Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in Helsinki, Finland.

Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle and the New York’s Islanders’ John Tavares also scored for Canada, 3-1 in Group A play. Damien Brunner and Goran Bezina scored for Switzerland (2-2).


MADRID OPEN: Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.

Rafael Nadal had an easier time in his first match as he beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-2, 6-2.

Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova lost to Lucie Hradecka, 6-4, 6-3.


OLYMPICS: Goalkeeper Hope Solo and star striker Abby Wambach are part of the 28-player roster invited to training camp for the United States as it prepares to play China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The U.S. team will train at Princeton, N.J., from today until May 25 for the next-to-last domestic match before the London Olympics.

EUROPA LEAGUE: Radamel Falcao scored twice, Diego had a goal and Atletico Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in an all-Spanish final at Bucharest, Romania, to win the Europa League for the second time in three seasons.


GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Lindsay Brattan had seven goals and two assists to lead Berwick Academy (9-2) over Beaver Country Day School 16-7 at Brookline, Mass.

BOYS’ LACROSSE: Sam Cloutier and Kyle Bernier scored two goals apiece to lift Hebron Academy (7-5) to a 5-4 win over Berwick Academy (6-7) at Hebron.

Mitch Rodgers finished with two goals and one assist to lead Berwick.

—From staff and news services