Sports briefs 7-2-14: Jets help injured Army vet get 'smart home'

DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- An Army veteran who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan three years ago is having a "smart home" built on Staten Island with the help of a $1 million donation from New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Army Sgt. Bryan Dilberian, wearing a Jets jersey while riding on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, received a hero's welcome at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. It marked three years to the day that he was injured by an improvised explosive device that killed a few fellow soldiers.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is building the home through its "Building for America's Bravest" program in a partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation. Johnson and the Jets donated $1 million to build two smart homes, including Dilberian's.

The 2,800-foot home will have three bedrooms, including a master suite with a customized bathroom, and features throughout that can be run off an iPad.

• Football

Manziel and Bieber: Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs.

Cleveland's rookie quarterback, whose social life has overshadowed his NFL arrival, posted photographs on Twitter of him and Justin Bieber.

Manziel promised last week he wouldn't tone down his well-documented weekend living despite advice from Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and Warren Moon.

Hernandez in calendar: Ex-Florida and New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killings of three men, is Mr. July in the Gators' 2014 sports calendar and is featured in a Patriots calendar produced by the same company.

The University of Florida said Tuesday that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder, and the Patriots said they would not comment on matters involving Hernandez.

No charges: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at LA International Airport.

The city attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday that it declined to charge the 24-year-old but will require him to come to a meeting to discuss what happened and be admonished about applicable laws.

• Basketball

Kellogg leaving Indy: Clark Kellogg is leaving the Indianapolis Pacers after being with the team 32 years as a player, broadcaster and most recently as vice president for player relations.

Kellogg was the first-round draft pick by the Pacers out of Ohio State in 1982 and played five seasons before he was forced to retire because of a knee injury.

Pistons sign Meeks: The Detroit Pistons have decided to invest in Jodie Meeks' future, banking on his best basketball being ahead of him.

The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

• Elsewhere

Wings sign Sheahan: The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Riley Sheahan to a $1.9 million, two-year contract.

The 22-year-old Sheahan had nine goals and 24 points in 42 games last season for the Red Wings after playing one game for them in each of the previous two years.

Ref dies: A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.

John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Will reconsider: A federal appeals court will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a limited en banc panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding MLB's career home run leader guilty of giving evasive testimony to a grand jury investigating use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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