NFL broadens 'Rooney Rule' to include senior posts

The NFL has broadened its "Rooney Rule" by requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when seeking to fill its senior football operations positions. Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the NFL's 32 member teams by memo Monday of the new requirement, which received strong endorsement after being recommended at league meetings last month. The change is expected to provide minorities more opportunities to fill each franchise's one senior football post, which varies in title from team to team. The new requirement, however, will not apply to teams where the position is held by the owner or a member of the owner's family. It also won't apply in cases where there is a pre-existing contractual deal in place - and filed with the NFL - to promote a current staff member once the position opens. Currently, there are five minorities filling top executive positions in the NFL, including the Ravens' Ozzie Newsome. Favre: : Brett Favre says he is considering coming out of retirement for a second time and the only team he has talked to about a return to the NFL is the Minnesota Vikings. Favre appeared on the new HBO show Joe Buck Live in his first public appearance since retiring from the New York Jets in February. The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player said he had surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago on his throwing arm. He says the doctor who performed the surgery on his biceps told him it would take four to five weeks for the NFL's career leader in touchdown passes to know if the procedure was a success.

Browns: : Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth has agreed to plead guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge and would do some jail time for a Miami car crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed, authorities said. Stallworth, 28, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a Miami courtroom to enter the plea.

Television: : Former Lions executive Matt Millen was named analyst for the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football games. He also will work for ESPN, calling college games and appearing on NFL studio shows.

Burress: : Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is negotiating with several teams to return to the NFL this season after Judge Felicia Mennin delayed his trial in New York on gun possession charges until Sept. 23.

Cardinals: : Tight end Ben Patrick was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He tested positive for the drug Adderall, an amphetamine, his agent Kevin Omell said.

Broncos: : Denver signed free-agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the same day radio station KOA reported that holdout Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall wants to follow Jay Cutler out of Denver.


Wake's Teague entering draft; Turkoglu to be free agent

Wake Forest star Jeff Teague is staying in the NBA draft, ending his college career after just two seasons. Teague led the Demon Deacons (24-7) at 19 points per game, helping them earn a No. 1 ranking in January before being upset by Cleveland State, 84-69, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He was a second-team all-ACC pick.

Georgia Tech: : Gani Lawal, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds, confirmed that he will return for his junior season.

Magic: : Lon Babby, the agent for Hedo Turkoglu, told The Orlando Sentinel that the small forward will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in two weeks. Turkoglu is scheduled to make $7.3 million next season in the final year of a six-year, $36 million deal.

Et cetera

Trainer Murphy dead at 82; UVa. ousts Cal St. Fullerton

Trainer Jimmy Murphy, who saddled more than 1,400 winners and earned more than $24 million according to Equibase, died Saturday. He was 82. During a career that began in 1965, the Milwaukee native had more than 50 stakes winners, including Knight Landing, who finished seventh in the 1980 Preakness. Murphy was named Trainer of the Year by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in 2006. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbot Ave., Laurel. Graveside service is Wednesday at noon at Union Cemetery in Burtonsville.

College baseball: : Virginia, in the College World Series for the first time, eliminated second-seeded Cal State Fullerton, beating ace Daniel Renken, 7-5, in Omaha, Neb. The Cavaliers (49-14-1) won the elimination game and next play Arkansas, which lost to LSU, 9-1, on Monday night.

Golf: : Champions Tour golfer Ken Green's lower right leg was amputated in Jackson, Miss., after a recreational vehicle accident last week in which his brother and girlfriend died. He was under sedation and in good condition after the three-hour operation at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Green's agent Kevin Richardson said.

WNBA: : Bill Laimbeer resigned as coach of the WNBA champion Detroit Shock three games into the season in hopes of landing an NBA job. Assistant Rick Mahorn, a teammate of Laimbeer's from their Detroit Pistons days, was promoted to coach.

Boxing: : Floyd Mayweather Jr. has damaged cartilage in his ribs and will stop training for his comeback fight.

Sailing: : Torben Grael has sailed Ericsson 4 to victory in the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. Ericsson 4 finished the ninth leg of the 10-leg race in third place, good enough to clinch the victory in the overall standings.

College football: : Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, who spent nine years as a Ravens executive, will be Alabama's color analyst.

Baseball: : Hal Woodeshick, who pitched for the expansion Colt .45s during an 11-year career in which he was an All-Star and part of a World Series championship team, died Sunday in Houston. He was 76.

- From Sun staff and news services

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