Sports briefs 6-4-14: Man walks into Browns practice looking for tryout

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

BEREA -- A former high school player from New Mexico wandered onto the Cleveland Browns' practice field hoping to get a tryout.

The unidentified man walked onto the field at the team's training headquarters on Tuesday with an equipment bag strapped to his back as the Browns worked out. A team spokesman said the man was quickly spotted and escorted from the field through the media gate without incident.

The team believes the man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, entered the field after walking through the team's indoor field house.

A member of the team's media relations staff and a security staffer talked with the man, who told them he came to Cleveland hoping to get a shot with the NFL team.

The spokesman said the man did not pose a threat to any of the coaches or players.

• Football

Possible work stoppage: The president of the Canadian Football League Players' Association says a work stoppage is closer after the league rejected the union's most recent offer for a new labor deal.

The players tabled a new offer Monday that called for a shorter term and included concessions on the salary cap and the amount of revenue that would trigger the renegotiation of the deal.

Fairley motivated: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says the team informed him this offseason that it was not picking up the 2015 option in his contract.

Fairley told reporters Tuesday he considered the decision a win-win deal after being initially surprised.

He says he has lost about 30 pounds because he stopped eating fast food three days a week and has been working out regularly.

Aggies dismissed: Linebacker Darian Claiborne and defensive lineman Isaiah Golden have been dismissed from the Texas A&M football team.

The dismissal comes after both players were arrested on drug charges in the last few months.

Claiborne was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after piling up 89 tackles, including seven for losses last season. He started nine games and forced two fumbles.

Inadvertently a plaintiff: Dan Marino says he inadvertently became a plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NFL and is withdrawing immediately.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said he doesn't suffer any effects from head injuries.

• Elsewhere

Reds recovering: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on his way back from a left leg injury, moving closer to a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

He stayed in Cincinnati to get treatment on the leg while the team was on a seven-day trip.

Right-handed starter Mat Latos is scheduled to make another rehab start today. If that goes well, he could be activated.

Diary of drinking: What kind of diary would a man who enjoyed knocking back a few drinks keep?

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg says the CEO of Harry Caray's restaurants let him read a "Day Book," one of eight diaries discovered in Caray's office.

It includes mentions of people from basketball great Wilt Chamberlain to comedian Jack Benny. Caray was in bars 288 days straight.

Pistons hire GM: The Detroit Pistons have hired Jeff Bower to be their general manager.

The team announced the move Tuesday. Bower was the coach at Marist College last season, but he resigned Monday. Athletic director Tim Murray said in a statement that Bower was leaving for "a very specific and compelling NBA opportunity."

OSU coach resigns: Ohio State says the head coach of its men's track and field and cross country programs is resigning.

A statement from the associate athletic director for sport administration says Ed Beathea will coach the Buckeyes through the NCAA championships next week in Oregon.

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