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Sports briefs for May 12, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Rutgers quarterback arrested for assault

Former Minnesota State University, Mankato, linebacker Isaac Kolstad sustained permanent brain damage from injuries following an alleged assault in which Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested Sunday morning.

Blaine Kolstad, Isaac’s father, wrote on caringbridge.org Sunday night that his 24-year-old son is in critical condition. Kolstad had surgery to place a pressure gauge in his skull and may need additional operations.

“He is currently in critical condition and fighting for his life,” Blaine Kolstad wrote. “He is young and strong, but the battle he has in front of him is enormous. … We do know that his brain did sustain permanent damage. We do not yet know to what extent and won’t for many days. He is very sick. Please pray for Isaac and all of those involved.”

Nelson, who transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers earlier this year, was arrested at the scene and put in jail Sunday on suspicion of assault after officers found Kolstad in the Mankato downtown entertainment district at 2 a.m.

Cavs fire coach Brown, name Griffin GM

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that they fired coach Mike Brown and named David Griffin general manager.

Brown’s second stint as the Cavaliers’ coach lasted just one season.

The Cavs finished 33-49 and 10th in the Eastern Conference this season. Brown was also coach from 2005-2010. His overall record with Cleveland was 305-187.

“This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown,” owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement.

Brown also coached the Los Angeles Lakers to a 41-25 record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He was fired five games into the 2012-13 season.

Manziel tops rookie jersey sales

Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey is the top-selling jersey on NFLShop.com since April 1, ESPN.com reported Monday.

The NFL will not say how many Manziel jerseys were sold, but did say that its official website store sold nearly as many Manziel jerseys during last weekend’s draft as it sold Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow jerseys during their drafts combined.

There was a line outside the Cleveland Browns’ team shop at FirstEnergy Stadium when Manziel jerseys went on sale at 11 a.m. Friday.

Miami Heat star LeBron James wore a Manziel jersey on Friday during his team’s flight to New York. James’ business partner, Maverick Carter, works with Manziel.

Nike, which endorses Manziel and is the NFL’s official uniform supplier, is selling Manziel jerseys in every version and size.

Yankees lefty Sabathia heads to DL

MILWAUKEE — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with fluid in his right knee.

An MRI revealed no structural damage but the knee was swollen enough and the pain uncomfortable enough to send Sabathia to the DL.

He will have the knee drained Monday in New York.

“The good thing is, as of right now, there’s no meniscal tear,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s just some fluid and he needs a little time off.”

The move came a day after another rocky start for Sabathia, who gave up four runs — only one earned — on eight hits, including three home runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.

In his last three starts, Sabathia is 0-2 and has a 6.42 ERA.

Rams’ Bailey suspended 4 games

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the league announced Monday.

Bailey will be eligible to return to the Rams’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 6 following the team’s October 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Bailey was a third-round pick last year and caught 17 passes for 226 yards while playing in all 16 games.


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