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Sports briefs for July 25, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Report: Edwards, Jets near deal

The New York Jets and wide receiver Braylon Edwards appear close to another marriage.

The Jets are prepared to sign Edwards if he passes a physical, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. He has recently battled knee problems.

If Edwards does rejoin the Jets, it would be his third stint with the team. Edwards was with the Jets in 2009 and 2010 and again last year when he was claimed off waivers in December after his release by the Seattle Seahawks.

The Jets face uncertainty with its wideouts heading into the 2013 season, particularly with Santonio Holmes’ status after Lisfranc surgery up in the air.

The 30-year-old Edwards had 10 receptions for 125 yards in three games after joining the Jets last year and eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown with the Seahawks.

Edwards’ career totals are 359 receptions for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Cleveland Browns, Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks.

Boxer Emile Griffith dies at 75

Emile Griffith, a former world welterweight and middleweight boxing champion who spent decades haunted by his fatal beating of then-champion Benny Paret in the ring and bothered by the public’s interest in his sexuality, died Tuesday. He was 75.

Griffith’s death at an extended-care facility in Hempstead, N.Y., was announced by the International Boxing Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1990 following an 85-24-2 career that counted 23 main events at Madison Square Garden and victories over middleweight champions Dick Tiger and Nino Benvenuti.

Though Griffith had been bedridden, limited to tube feeding for the last two years, the time has been marked by the prominent disclosures of two athletes, boxer Orlando Cruz and former NBA player Jason Collins, that they are gay.

Cruz, preparing for an Oct. 12 world featherweight title fight, had attempted in recent months to schedule a meeting with Griffith that never happened.

NHL eyes Pacific Northwest as market

The NHL is open to the possibility of putting a team in the Pacific Northwest after hopes were raised recently during discussions over relocating the Coyotes to another city before the team ended up staying in Phoenix.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday that the league would entertain the possibility of bringing a team to the area. Seattle or Portland, Ore., would be the most likely landing spots.

Seattle is generally considered a strong candidate, but Portland has the advantage of an NHL-ready arena already in place. Both cities were reported to be in the mix when there was talk of the Coyotes relocating.

Mauer on paternity list after birth of twins

The Minnesota Twins placed catcher Joe Mauer on paternity leave after his wife gave birth to twins on Tuesday night.

Mauer was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday night’s game and took a flight from California after he learned that his wife, whose due date was Aug. 31, was in labor.

Maddie Mauer gave birth to twins Emily and Maren early Wednesday morning, the team announced. Mauer made it back in time to witness the births.

Players on the paternity list are permitted to leave the team for 24 to 72 hours.

Willard helps rescue family from burning car

Tennessee Titans rookie Jonathan “Tig” Willard was hailed Tuesday for his big play off the field — saving a family and its dog from a burning car.

Williard, a linebacker who played at Clemson and signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent, was traveling from South Carolina to Nashville for the start of training camp on Tuesday when he came upon the vehicle in trouble on Interstate 40.

Pulling alongside the car, he alerted the female driver who had three children and a dog inside, that it was on fire.

Willard and another man got the family out of the car before it went up in flames.

Wedge out of hospital; suffered stroke

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered a mild stroke earlier this week, the team announced Wednesday, the same day Wedge was released from a hospital.

Wedge left the field before Monday’s game due to what was reported as dizziness, and he went to a hospital for observation. He remained hospitalized for two nights.

Wedge, 45, is in his third season as the Mariners’ manager. He has a 190-235 record as Seattle’s skipper, and a 561-574 overall record including his seven seasons managing the Cleveland Indians.

Bench coach Robby Thompson will continue to guide the team during Wedge’s absence.

Browns sign FB Bolen, LB Cole

The Cleveland Browns signed fullback Brock Bolen and linebacker Justin Cole while waiving offensive lineman Dominic Alford and wide receiver Kennan Davis.

Bolen is a fourth-year player out of Louisville who has appeared in 20 NFL games, all with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cole is entering his third NFL season out of San Jose State. He has also appeared in 20 career games, all with the St. Louis Rams.

Blackhawks sign Winchester

Forward Brad Winchester agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Winchester, 32, scored 27 points in 37 games for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League last season.

He has played in 390 career NHL games, scoring 68 combined points in stints with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose. Winchester has scored another 132 points in 232 career AHL games.

He was originally a second-round pick by Edmonton in 2000.

Warriors waive three players

The Golden State Warriors waived forward/center Dwayne Jones, guard Scott Machado and guard Kevin Murphy.

Jones was signed on the final day of the regular season and appeared in two playoff games for the Warriors after playing in 21 games for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, averaging 8.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contests.

Machado signed with the Warriors on April 7 and saw brief action in five playoff games. He also played in six games for the Houston Rockets last season.

Murphy was acquired from the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team trade on July 10 in which Golden State also landed Andre Iguodala from the Denver Nuggets. As a rookie last season with the Jazz, Murphy appeared in 17 games and averaged 0.9 points in 3.1 minutes per contest.

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