Lander men’s lacrosse adds assistant coach

Lander head men’s lacrosse coach Anthony LePore recently announced the hiring of Adam Marshall as an assistant coach.

Marshall joins the Lander staff after a successful three-year stint at Belmont Abbey. Marshall served as the Crusaders’ offensive coordinator and coached faceoffs and transition.

Under Marshall’s direction, Belmont Abbey averaged 15.1 goals per game in 2019 and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. The Crusaders also captured a conference championship in 2018.

Brown cut by Raiders, signs with Patriots

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Antonio Brown agreed to terms with the New England Patriots hours after the Oakland Raiders cut him, going from the NFL’s cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions on Saturday despite wearing out his welcome with two teams in one offseason.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press. Brown had been scheduled to earn up to $50 million from Oakland over the three-year deal. Instead, the Patriots guaranteed him $9 million this season, with the potential to earn as much as $15 million.

Georgia honors longtime coach

ATHENS, Ga. — At age 87, Vince Dooley broke out a few dance moves as James Brown blared throughout Sanford Stadium.

The longtime Georgia coach had reason to celebrate.

The field at Sanford Stadium was formally named after Dooley during a ceremony before the home opener against Murray State on a sweltering Saturday.

Dooley, his wife of nearly 60 years, Barbara, and numerous family members were surrounded in the middle of the field by team captains from his 25-year coaching tenure as the “Dooley Field” sign was unveiled on the facade of the club level above the 50-yard line.

Falcons, Jones agree on $66 million deal

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million deal.

The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and removes a potentially major headache for the Falcons before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

The deal was announced as the team was departing for Minneapolis.

Jones first sought a new contract more than a year ago. He reported for training camp when the Falcons enhanced his current deal and agreed to discuss a lucrative new extension before this season.

Cowboys cut running back Morris

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have released running back Alfred Morris to make room on the roster for Ezekiel Elliott for Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants.

The move Saturday came three days after Elliott signed a $90 million, six-year extension to end the two-time rushing champion’s holdout, which lasted the entire preseason.

Twins’ Pineda suspended 60 games

NEW YORK — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 60 games Saturday for taking a diuretic, a big blow to the rotation of a first-place team heading toward the postseason.

Major League Baseball said Pineda tested positive for the banned substance and the suspension takes effect immediately.

Pineda, 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, said in a statement he took an over-the-counter medication given to him by an acquaintance to help manage his weight. The pills contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can mask other substances.

Phillies’ Harper gets day off

NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is being held out of the lineup a night after taking a pitch off his right hand.

X-rays were negative and manager Gabe Kapler was confident there were no fractures in the hand after Harper was hit by a fastball from Mets starter Steven Matz. Kapler said Harper would get Saturday night off against New York as a “precautionary measure.”

Duke ends probe involving Nike, Zion

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits.

School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a “thorough and objective” probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found “no evidence to support any allegation” that would have jeopardized Williamson’s eligibility.

Western Carolina suspends 4 players

RALEIGH, N.C. — Citing a violation of team policies and standards, Western Carolina suspended four players, including starting quarterback Tyrie Adams, for Saturday’s game at N.C. State.