Thursday, September 3, 2009

From combined dispatches

Moving to quell rumors, Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Wednesday the team had not held any talks involving a trade of suspended receiver Brandon Marshall.

“We’re looking forward to having Brandon back on Sept. 6 and starting our preparations for Cincinnati with him,” McDaniels said. “There’s no discussions whatsoever taking place between the Denver Broncos and any team in the NFL regarding Brandon Marshall.”

There were reports the New York Jets would be interested in trading for him.

McDaniels suspended Marshall for the rest of the preseason Friday for detrimental conduct stemming for insubordinate actions during a practice.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Brett Favre will not play in the preseason finale Friday night against Dallas.

Coach Brad Childress said he does not want to risk injury to Favre or any other starter, so everyone will rest against the Cowboys.

Favre has only been with the Vikings for a little more than two weeks. But Childress said he saw enough progress Monday to make him feel comfortable sitting down the 39-year-old.

FORBES: The Dallas Cowboys are worth $1.65 billion, the most of any U.S.-based sports franchise, according to the magazine’s annual rankings. Only Manchester United ($1.87 billion) of the English Premier League is worth more worldwide.

The Cowboys lead the rankings for the third straight year and are worth $100 million more than the runner-up Washington Redskins. New England is third at $1.361 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($1.183 billion) and Jets ($1.170 billion).

The Oakland Raiders have the least value, worth $797 million, down 7 percent from the previous year.

SAINTS: Usama Young’s failure to appear for a past court date involving a parking violation led to his arrest this week after a relatively minor traffic stop in suburban New Orleans.

Harahan Police Chief Peter Dale said officers initially pulled Young over for speeding and only intended to give him a ticket but had to arrest him because their records turned up another unresolved violation in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato confirmed Young had failed to appear at a previous court date for the parking violation.

PACMAN: Adam “Pacman” Jones won’t be playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after all.

The CFL team announced it has ended its pursuit of the controversial ex-NFL cornerback, one day after multiple reports said Jones would play for the team.

“It is unfortunate that this situation became public; however, our position has remained consistent,” Blue Bombers coach Mike Kelly said. “We will pursue athletes that we believe will contribute to our organization on and off the field.”

PANTHERS: It didn’t take team owner Jerry Richardson long to find a replacement for his son as team president.

Richardson hired TCU athletic director Danny Morrison to take over for Mark Richardson, who abruptly resigned a day earlier along with his brother Jon, who ran Bank of America Stadium.

NFLPA: Texans owner Bob McNair denied allegations that he participated in secret meetings to discuss NFL labor talks.

The allegations were in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association last week by union employee Mary Moran.

She said she was a confidential informant for the Labor Department and gave investigators evidence that former NFLPA president Troy Vincent and other union members met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and McNair to supposedly to provide access to confidential union information.

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