- - Monday, February 27, 2012


Browns sign LB Jackson to long-term contract

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker D’Qwell Jackson to a multiyear contract extension. Terms were not immediately known.

Jackson made a strong comeback last season, making 158 tackles — second most in the NFL — after missing nearly two complete seasons with chest injuries. Jackson, 28, finished second in voting for the league’s Comeback Player of the Year to Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.


Haith can’t escape from investigation at Miami

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Frank Haith said that he is fully cooperating with the NCAA in the latest round of trouble at the University of Miami, his home for seven years before taking over the Tigers this season.

The Hurricanes over the weekend declared center Reggie Johnson ineligible, saying his family received impermissible travel benefits from an unidentified member of Miami’s staff when Haith was in charge of the program.

Miami has asked the NCAA to reinstate Johnson and said the player wasn’t aware of the possible NCAA violation and didn’t directly receive anything.


Knee surgery to sideline Miller for rest of season

Bode Miller will undergo another surgery on his balky left knee and miss the remainder of the World Cup season.

Miller, 34, a five-time Olympic medalist, had a minor arthroscopic procedure performed on the knee earlier this month with the hope of returning to the circuit. But when Miller recently arrived in Europe, he experienced more discomfort. The U.S. ski team didn’t release a date for Miller’s next surgery.


Dkojovic advances in Dubai after long layoff

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Novak Djokovic shook off the rust to beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-2 and reach the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships in his first match since winning the Australian Open. The top-ranked Serb had not played a match in nearly four weeks.


Thompson, WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, joins Seattle

SEATTLE — Already loaded, the Seattle Storm added another All-Star to the lineup by signing forward Tina Thompson, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. She spent the past three seasons with Los Angeles and finished the 2011 season with 6,751 points, ahead of Katie Smith (6,015) and Lauren Jackson (5,915). Smith and Jackson are now her teammates with the Storm.

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