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Browns won’t send pallbears to funeral

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are giving a jersey to the family of a fan who asked for six players to serve as pallbearers at his funeral.

Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, died on July 4 at his home. In his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch, Entsminger, a lifelong Browns fan, requested “six Cleveland Browns pallbearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”

Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said Monday that the team contacted Entsminger’s widow, Pat, and found out that his favorite player was Hall of Famer Lou Groza. The team will present a Groza No. 76 jersey with Entsminger’s name on the back to the family Tuesday

Entsminger’s obituary also said he “wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team.”

 

Taylor’s son facing rape charges

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say a man who identified himself as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on rape charges.

Powder Springs police said Monday that 31-year-old Lawrence Taylor Jr. is accused of having sex with two underage girls. Police say one girl accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her July 6, and that another accused him of having consensual sex with her last year.

The elder Taylor, 54, was a linebacker for the New York Giants between 1981 and 1993 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Taylor was sentenced last year to six years of probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from sex with an underage prostitute.

Taylor, Jr., is being held without bond on statutory rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy charges. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

 

LSU’s Hill charged with misdemeanor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says his office is formally charging LSU running back Jeremy Hill and another man with misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot.

Moore says Hill and Robert Bayardo, who is not an LSU student, are being charged Monday and will be arraigned on Friday.

The matter has put Hill’s 2013 season in doubt because LSU’s leading rusher last season is already on probation stemming from his 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Moore says Hill’s probationary status likely will not be reviewed by the court for possible revocation until the charges have been resolved.

LSU coach Les Miles has suspended Hill pending the outcome of the case.

 

Ex-NBA player gets 60 jail sentence

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Former New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers player Duane Washington has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for hitting a pedestrian and then leaving the scene in western Michigan.

MLive.com (http://bit.ly/183nPu8) reported Monday that an Ottawa County judge also placed the 48-year-old Washington on 18 months’ probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

Authorities say the ex-NBA player hit 71-year-old Estella Vitins on Sept. 18 as she walked along Interstate 96 in Crockery Township after running out of gas. Vitins survived the accident, though she suffered a broken leg and other injuries.

The judge says he exceeded a pre-sentencing report that recommended a 30-day sentence because Washington didn’t have insurance.

Washington is the brother of Clippers player Derek Fisher.

 

Ex-cheerleader suing website for $11M

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The attorney for a former Bengals cheerleader suing a gossip website for alleged defamation has told jurors that his client suffered mental anguish from false and malicious posts and should be awarded money.

Opening statements were made Monday in Sarah Jones’ federal lawsuit retrial in Covington, Ky. Jones is seeking $11 million over two 2009 posts on thedirty.com website. The posts alleged that Jones had sex with every Bengals player and probably had two sexually transmitted diseases.

The attorney for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based website told jurors evidence will show his client didn’t write the posts and that they did not damage Jones.

A January trial resulted in a hung jury.

The posts were unrelated to Jones’ guilty plea last year to charges she had sex with an underage ex-student.