Sports Briefs

Published 1:45 am Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Browns, Pinkston reach settlement

BEREA (AP) — The Browns have waived offensive guard Jason Pinkston after reaching an injury settlement with the former starter whose NFL career has been threatened by a serious medical issue.

Pinkston was hospitalized in 2012 with blood clots in his lungs and he recently battled the ailment again. Pinkston may retire.

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Pinkston started 24 games in three seasons with the Browns, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2011 from Pittsburgh.

The 26-year-old posted a note on Twitter to thank Cleveland fans “for all the thoughts & prayers. It’s been a honor to be a part of the city!”

Pinkston started all 16 games as a rookie. He made six starts in 2012 before he had to undergo surgery to remove the blood clots. He played in only three games last season because of a severely sprained ankle.

 

Gordon at practice as appeal continues

BEREA (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon has returned to practice while his appeal hearing with the NFL enters a second day in New York.

Gordon was back on the field with his teammates Monday after missing two days of practice last week and Saturday’s scrimmage in Akron. Gordon and his legal team met with an arbitrator for nearly 10 hours on Friday as he fights a potential one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon’s hearing will resume at noon in the league offices.

The 23-year-old was suspended two games last season, but still led the league in yards receiving despite playing in 14 games and with three quarterbacks.

The Browns are eager to find out whether they’ll have Gordon at all this season.

 

Broncos’ Ward get community service

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed to drop charges against Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward in exchange for four hours of community service.

A judge accepted the deal on Monday during a brief hearing in Denver.

Ward previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender at PT’s All Nude Club in May.

Ward told the judge he understood the conditions of the program but said nothing else.

Melissa Drazen-Smith of the Denver city attorney’s office says Ward must complete his service by Oct. 31 for the charges to be dismissed. The program is a common sentence for those with no criminal history.

The deal comes as the Broncos get ready for their preseason opener Thursday night against Seattle.

 

Spartans dismiss Kaminski from team

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has dismissed Kenny Kaminski from its basketball program.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced the move Monday, saying Kaminski could not live up to obligations despite multiple opportunities. Izzo suspended Kaminski twice last season for a total of four games and two exhibitions.

Kaminski has not decided where he will transfer, according to a message he posted on his Twitter account.

He made a Big Ten-best .494 percent of 3-point attempts last year as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward averaged 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 31 games.

Kaminski , who is from Medina, Ohio, had a chance to earn a lot more playing time next season in place of Adreian Payne, who was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Vikings ink veteran safety Crocker

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran safety Chris Crocker to give new coach Mike Zimmer some insurance on the unproven back end of his defense.

Crocker signed on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 12-year veteran played seven seasons under Zimmer when he was the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati and Atlanta.

It’s the third straight summer that Zimmer has coaxed Crocker out of a planned retirement to play for him. Zimmer needs Crocker in Minnesota to try to help shore up the safety spot opposite standout Harrison Smith.