Jurevicius sues Browns
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Former Cleveland Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius sued the team and the Cleveland Clinic yesterday, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility and blaming doctors with negligence over a staph infection in his right knee that kept him from playing last year.
The lawsuit alleges that physicians Anthony Miniaci and Richard Figler failed to warn Jurevicius that therapy equipment was not always sanitized at the team's training facility. Jurevicius, a former Penn State receiver, has said he contracted staph after arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in January 2008. As a result, the lawsuit said, "Jurevicius may never be able to play professional football again."
The lawsuit asked for damages totaling more than $25,000, plus unspecified punitive damages, attorney and expert fees and related costs.
Jurevicius, a die-hard Cleveland fan who attended Browns games as a kid, was released by the club in March.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has started his review of the Plaxico Burress shooting incident under the league's personal conduct policy. The commissioner could suspend him if he finds that the receiver violated the NFL policy on personal conduct.
The New York Jets claimed wide receiver Mario Urrutia off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. Urrutia was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bengals last year and spent the season on the practice squad. He had 130 catches for 2,271 yards and 16 touchdowns during his college career at Louisville.
• The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with tight end Jake O'Connell, one of the team's three seventh-round draft picks. O'Connell played 41 games at Miami of Ohio, catching 46 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns, including 25 catches for 258 yards last season.
Rachel Alexandra, the filly who won the Preakness but skipped the Belmont Stakes, will race for the first time in three weeks when she runs in the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes, a 11/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies today at Belmont Park.
Former Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe was hired as an assistant at George Washington, joining the staff of head coach Karl Hobbs. Ellerbe was fired in 2001 after four years with the Wolverines and has not coached in eight years.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha and Bemidji (Minn.) State will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after this season, expanding the league to 12 teams. Nebraska-Omaha had been part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association; Bemidji State was with the College Hockey America league.
Floyd Mayweather's bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) has been rescheduled for Sept. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight, originally planned for next month, was postponed after Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) injured a rib training.
The Seattle Sounders have signed former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Terry Boss, who was goalkeeper of the year in 2008 while playing for the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Second Division. ... The New England Revolution have put forward Taylor Twellman on the disabled list because of symptoms of a concussion. He will miss at least six games.
The Pittsburgh Steelers Youth Football Camp will be at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium (July 13-14) and West Allegheny's DeMichela Stadium (July 20-21) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The camp is $175 and open for children between the ages of 6-14. The camps are limited to 200 players on a first-come, first-serve registration. Forms can be downloaded at www.steelers.com or call 412-697-7713.
First Published June 27, 2009 12:00 am