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Sports briefs for July 8, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine’s Aultman on CFPA watch list

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine all-purpose football standout Damarr Aultman has been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision All-Purpose Performer of the Year Award Watch List.

Aultman is the seventh Black Bear to receive CFPA Award Watch list honors, joining quarterback Marcus Wasilewski, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive lineman Michael Cole, defensive backs Jamal Clay and Kendall James and punter Jeffrey Ondish.

The preliminary watch list highlights 34 returning kick return specialists and 32 returning all-purpose performers, vying for the top individual kickoff returner award and all-purpose award in the Football Championship Subdivision, respectively.

A season ago, Aultman played in 10 games, recording 29 catches for 438 yards, including six receiving touchdowns. Aultman’s special teams play was highlighted by a 94-yard kick return for a touchdown at Rhode Island.

The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on Jan. 8, 2014.

Hall of Famer Taylor’s son arrested

The son of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Sunday for felony statutory rape, sodomy and child molestation charges, the New York Daily News reported.

Lawrence Taylor Jr., 31, is in jail without bond after his arrest in Powder Springs, Ga. He was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

Powder Springs is about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Taylor lives in Powder Springs but was arrested at a different home.

The arrest stems from an alleged incident on Saturday afternoon at Taylor’s home where when a girl claims he forcefully performed oral sex on her after she repeatedly told him to stop.

Taylor Sr., who starred for the New York Giants in the 1980s, faced rape charges in 2010 involving an underage prostitute. He served no jail time but is a registered sex offender and is on probation. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct.

More knee surgery ahead for Phillies’ Howard

PHILADELPHIA — For the second time in less than two years, Ryan Howard will require surgery on his left leg. The $125 million Phillies first baseman suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team said Monday. He will miss six to eight weeks from the date of his surgery, which has yet to be determined.

His season could be in peril, depending on how quickly he can recover and whether the Phillies are still in contention come September.

“We can only speculate the length of how long it will take to get him to rehab,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We’ll shoot for the conservative one and hope he comes back faster.”

Amaro compared Howard’s injury to that of Erik Kratz’s, who began a rehab assignment with triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday. Kratz underwent surgery June 12 and could return by this weekend. He is well ahead of schedule.

But Howard has a history of troubles in his left leg. Surgery was needed to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in October 2011. He has recently complained of left foot problems, although Amaro said he was totally unaware of such issues.

Ex-Knicks president joins NBA’s 76ers as CEO

NEW YORK — Former Madison Square Garden Sports President Scott O’Neil has been hired as chief executive officer of the Philadelphia 76ers.

O’Neil, 43, ran business operations for the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks and National Hockey League’s Rangers before leaving MSG in September 2012. Before that, the Villanova University graduate worked for the National Football League’s Eagles and for the NBA, where he headed team marketing and business operations.

“I love the NBA and the game of basketball and am thrilled to be back,” O’Neil said in an email. “I have lived in and around Philadelphia for parts of my teens, 20s, 30s and now 40s and I am really excited to be back and get started with the Sixers. This is an incredible city that loves an underdog and that is very much what the Sixers are right now.”

O’Neil, who begins his new job on July 16, will be responsible for every aspect of the team’s business operations, the Sixers said in a statement.

He replaces Adam Aron, who will become chairman and CEO of a new investment vehicle funded by members of a Sixers ownership group that includes Apollo Global Management co-founder Josh Harris.

Injured ex-champ Daly to miss British Open

Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from next week’s British Open golf through injury, organizers said on Monday.

The 47-year-old American, who won the major in 1995, will miss the July 18-21 championship at Muirfield. He wrote on Twitter last week that he needed surgery on his elbow.

“Stephen Gallacher is the first reserve and will take his place in the championship,” organizers said in a statement.

Briton Gallacher, 38, has won two European Tour events, the most recent of which was the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Haslam: ‘Absolutely not’ selling the Browns

Despite being investigated by the FBI for fraud and reports that his company is $4 billion in debt, new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday that he will not sell the team.

“Absolutely not,” Haslam told ESPN Cleveland. “We plan on owning the Browns for a long time.”

Haslam’s trucking company, Pilot Flying J, was recently investigated by the FBI for possible fraud. Haslam has denied any knowledge of the company’s alleged questionable business dealings.

A dozen trucking companies sued Pilot Flying J and five former employees pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the FBI investigation.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is $4 billion in debt and has a “downgraded” credit rating.

Haslam has had to apologize to the other NFL owners and his control over the team has been questioned, but Haslam plans to hold on to the team.

Rangers, McDonagh agree to $28 million deal

The New York Rangers agreed to a six-year, $28.2 million deal with restricted free agent Ryan McDonagh on Monday, according to the New York Post.

McDonagh, a 24-year-old, up-and-coming defenseman, scored four goals and had 15 assists in 47 games for the Rangers last season.

He played all 82 games in 2011-12. He averaged more than 24 minutes per game both seasons.

The Rangers have about $6.5 million in salary cap space with which to work to try to re-sign free agents Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. That may not be easy as they still have to sign newly-acquired Justin Falk, who is a restricted free agent.

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