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Pryor not interested in playing in CFL

June 10, 2011

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One day after the Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired the negotiating rights to Terrelle Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback said he wasn’t interested in playing in the Canadian Football League. Pryor, who announced this week he would not return to school for his senior season in the wake of an NCAA suspension and ongoing investigation, also said yesterday he would not cooperate with NCAA investigators looking into Ohio State’s program. Pryor has several options besides the CFL. He could apply to enter a special NFL supplemental draft, he could play in the United Football League, or he could work out and prepare for next spring’s NFL draft . . . Former Nebraska star Eric Crouch, 32, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy, began his latest comeback by participating in a minicamp for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Crouch hasn’t played organized football since 2006 . . . A day after appearing in court in Newark for an arrest on traffic charges, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested again in New Jersey. Police said Britt was charged with resisting arrest after two plainclothes officers suspected he was carrying a marijuana cigar and attempted to handcuff him at a Hoboken car wash.

Canadiens sign Kostitsyn for one year The Canadiens signed left wing Andrei Kostitsyn to a one-year, $3.25 million deal. Kostitsyn, 26, scored 20 goals with 25 assists in 81 games for the Canadiens. He had two goals in Montreal’s six-game loss to the Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs . . . The Maple Leafs signed goaltender James Reimer to a $5.4 million, three-year extension after he helped lead the team to a big second-half turnaround. Reimer, 23, went 20-10-5 in 37 games after getting called up from the AHL . . . The Blues re-signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin to a one-year contract . . . The Flames re-signed defenseman Brett Carson to a $1.15 million, two-year deal.

Indians’ Hafner a step closer to return Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will take batting practice today for the first time since going on the disabled list May 20 with a strained side muscle. The next step is a rehab assignment in the minors . . . Chris Snyder, scheduled to have surgery for a herniated disk today, was placed on the DL by the Pirates . . . Diamondbacks broadcaster and former player Mark Grace was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Scottsdale, Ariz., police. Police said Grace, 46, didn’t have his wallet or license with him at the time.

Ex-Cavaliers, Spurs star Mitchell dies Former Cavaliers and Spurs star Mike Mitchell, 55, died of cancer in San Antonio. Mitchell averaged 19.8 points and 5.6 rebounds during his 10-year NBA career . . . Alexander Wolff, a writer at Sports Illustrated for three decades, and Jim Durham, a commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio, were selected to receive the Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame . . . In WNBA action, Rebekkah Brunson had 22 points and 14 rebounds as visiting Minnesota beat Seattle, 81-74.

Five Mexico players get suspended Five players on Mexico’s national team, including goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and defender Francisco Rodriguez, tested positive for a banned substance and are out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A CONCACAF spokesman said the governing body would hold a conference call today to decide possible sanctions for Mexico, and if the team will be able to replace the suspended players. Spencer said Mexico would not lose the 3 points it received for beating El Salvador, 5-0, in Sunday’s opening match . . . FIFA canceled a meeting with Puerto Rico’s top soccer officials in its investigation of a bribery scandal. FIFA’s ethics committee is interviewing Caribbean Football Union officials who allegedly offered cash bribes to support a FIFA presidential bid.

Bolt records fastest time of the year Usain Bolt ran the fastest time (19.86 seconds) in the world this season as he eased to victory in the 200 meters at the Bislett Games in Oslo. American Arles Merritt won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.12 . . . Rafael Nadal advanced to the Queens Club quarterfinals in London with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Radek Stepanek. The French Open champion joined Andy Roddick and Andy Murray in the last eight. Roddick beat Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4. Murray beat Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Autopsy results revealed former surfing world champion Andy Irons had several drugs in his system when he died of a heart attack at age 32 in a Dallas-area hotel room seven months ago . . . After he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., Cael Sanderson, 31, said he will attempt a comeback. Sanderson, a 2004 gold medalist, coached Penn State to a national title last season . . . British shot-putter Mark Edwards was banned from competition for three years by after testing positive for two prohibited substances.