Browner reinstated by NFL

SEATTLE (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted that he was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Browner announced the news via a lengthy statement on his Twitter page. Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league on Dec. 18. The reinstatement will make Browner a free agent as his contract with the Seahawks ended after this season.

Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, also confirmed the reinstatement to The Associated Press.

Cowboys restructure Romo, Lee deals

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are close to getting under the salary cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

The adjustment on the six-year, $108 million extension Romo signed last year will save Dallas about $10 million on the salary cap, while the conversions on Lee and Scandrick will cut about $7 million. Lee and Scandrick got new contracts last year as well.

Eagles release WR Avant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver Jason Avant.

The Eagles cut ties with Avant on Tuesday. He played his first eight NFL seasons in Philadelphia and ranks 11th in team history with 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 from the University of Michigan. In 2010, Avant was chosen by his teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient in recognition of the adversity he overcame in his youth.

Falcons RB Snelling retires after 7 seasons

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons running back Jason Snelling has retired, ending his seven-year career.

Snelling was a seventh-round pick from Virginia in 2007 and spent his full career with the Falcons. Most of his playing time came as a backup ”“ both at fullback and running back. He also was a strong receiver.

The 30-year-old Snelling rushed for 1,420 yards with eight touchdowns and caught 168 passes for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns.

Snelling, from Tom River, N.J., said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday that he is retiring to spend time with his family.

Appeals court to review Armstrong case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has temporarily blocked an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses paid to Lance Armstrong by a company that wants its money back, stopping efforts to force him to give new sworn testimony about his doping past.

SCA Promotions has sought to reopen a 2006 settlement paid to Armstrong since his 2013 admission to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career to win the Tour de France.

The arbitration panel that first approved the settlement agreed to reconsider the case, and a Dallas judge last week rejected Armstrong’s attempts to stop it. The panel set a March 17 hearing and SCA’s attorneys wanted to question Armstrong under oath on Thursday.

UNC administrator won’t face charges

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The prosecutor leading an investigation into fraud in an academic department at North Carolina says a retired administrator tied to the case won’t face charges.

In a news release, Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall said Deborah Crowder from the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department is cooperating with investigators. She also will cooperate with an independent investigation by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth L. Wainstein, announced by the school last month.

The problems in the department included classes with significant athlete enrollments that didn’t meet and were treated as independent study work requiring only a research paper, as well as unauthorized grade changes dating to the late 1990s.



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