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Sports briefs for Feb. 21, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Celtics acquire Crawford from Wizards for Barbosa

The Boston Celtics acquired guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa on Thursday, according to an ESPN.com report.

Crawford will slide into a bench role vacated by Barbosa, who will miss the rest of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL.

The 24-year-old, was the 27th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He’s averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game, while starting 12 of 43 games. His playing time has decreased since the return of John Wall.

Nike suspends contract with Pistorius

Nike Inc. has suspended its contract with double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, as the Olympian faces murder charges in the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, is accused of a premeditated killing of model Reeva Steenkamp, though he claims he mistakenly took her for an intruder.

“Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius,” the company said in a statement. “We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Eyewear maker Oakley Inc. suspended its contract with Pistorius on Monday.

Earlier this week, Nike announced that it had no plans to use him in future ad campaigns. An ad featuring Pistorius that said, “I am the bullet in the chamber,” was pulled from his personal web site on Feb. 14.

Called the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber running blades, Pistorius is known for his track success against able-bodied athletes. He qualified for the London Olympics in the 400 meters and 4×400 relay last summer.

Report: Cowboys’ Brent driving at least 110 mph

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving at least 110 mph in the Dec. 8 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, according to Dallas-Fort Worth TV station NBC 5, citing police reports.

The report stated that Brent’s speed ranged from 110 mph and may have reached as high as 134 mph on Highway 114. Police confirmed two months ago that Brent was speeding when his vehicle flipped after striking a curb.

Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital. At the time of the crash, Brent had a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

The 24-year-old Brent has been indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

Sandusky appeals child sex conviction one more time

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Convicted child sex offender Jerry Sandusky on Thursday took his appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in an attempt to overturn a jury verdict that found him guilty of abusing 10 boys.

The former Penn State football coach is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for sexually abusing boys he targeted through a charity he founded for at-risk youth.

The judge who oversaw his trial, John Cleland of the Court of Common Pleas, denied Sandusky’s initial appeal on Jan. 30.

In his newest “Notice of Appeal” to the state’s Superior Court, attorney Joe Amendola did not list the reasons for Sandusky’s request for the verdict to be overturned.

Report: Lions, Burleson agree to restructured contract

Wide receiver Nate Burleson and the Detroit Lions have agreed to a restructured contract for 2013, according to a Detroit Free-Press report, citing a person familiar with the deal.

Burleson told reporters after the season he was willing to take less money to stay. He joins center Dominic Raiola as the second veteran player to accept a lower salary for next season.

The Lions have cleared about $8.5 million in salary cap room by releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Stephen Peterman and Titus Young. The team is still trying sign quarterback Matthew Stafford to a long-term deal that would reduce his cap number for 2013, which is at nearly $21 million.

Burleson’s season ended in October with a broken leg. He has 155 catches in 36 games since signing with the Lions as a free agent in 2010, and is signed through 2014.

Alabama’s Milliner needs shoulder surgery

INDIANAPOLIS — A torn labrum in his right shoulder will require surgery after the Scouting Combine, but Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner is in Indianapolis and will participate in most drills including the 40-yard dash.

Tony Fleming of Impact Sports, who represents Milliner, told ESPN, “The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July. We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft.”

Milliner, who is ranked as the top cornerback and fifth overall player in NFLDraftScout.com’s rankings, played his final season at Alabama with the injury.

Bucks land Redick in six-player trade

The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith from the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb, according to an ESPN.com report.

Redick is averaging a career-high 15.1 points a game this season, and is 11th in the league with 117 3-pointers.

Grizzlies acquire Pittman from Heat for Sanchez’ draft rights

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired center Dexter Pittman and a second-round draft pick from the Miami Heat for the draft rights to Ricky Sanchez, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Thursday.

Pittman, 24, is averaging 12.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.67 blocks in 24.9 minutes in 15 games this year for the NBA Development League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. Drafted by Miami in the second round in 2010, he has played in 41 career games, with six starts.

Sanchez, 25, is a member of the Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. He was a 2005 second-round selection by Portland, but Memphis acquired his draft rights from the Philadelphia 76ers in March 2012.

Jets’ Redmond rushed to hospital

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond went to the hospital after being slashed on the back of the leg during Thursday’s morning skate.

Jets’ medical and training staff rushed from the dressing room to the ice when the incident occurred. Coach Claude Noel said Redmond stayed conscious and coherent throughout the ordeal.

“He lost a fair amount of blood and I think he’s in some pain,” Noel said. “We got it tied up and got some pressure on it.”

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