Sports briefs 7-8-14: Sleeping Yankees fan sues TV announcers

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NEW YORK -- A Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers contending they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

Andrew Robert Rector admits in court documents he "napped" during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but says commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an "avalanche of disparaging words" against him. The suit says they used words like "fatty" and "stupid."

Rector says he suffered "substantial injury" to his "character and reputation" and "mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity."

The lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court Thursday also names ESPN, Major League Baseball and the Yankees as defendants. They didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

• Basketball

Hire Rambis: The New York Knicks have hired Kurt Rambis as associate head coach, reuniting him with former Laker and head coach Derek Fisher.

Knicks president Phil Jackson made the announcement on Monday. Fisher played for the Los Angeles Lakers for eight seasons, and Rambis spent 13 seasons on the Lakers bench, including seven under Jackson.

IU transfer: Indiana coach Tom Crean says the Hoosiers have added to their roster 6-4 guard Nick Zeisloft, who is transferring from Illinois State after earning his degree in finance.

Zeisloft played two seasons for the Redbirds, averaging 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds a game this past season, when he started 30 of 34 games. He shot 35.5 percent from 3-point range, making 60 of 169 shots.

• Baseball

Arroyo surgery: Bronson Arroyo had been one of baseball's most gutsy pitchers, finding a way to take the mound no matter what was ailing him.

A player who had never been on the disabled list prior to this season, Arroyo will have Tommy John surgery within the next week or so, becoming the third Diamondbacks pitcher to undergo the ligament-replacement procedure this year.

Seager added: With diapers in one arm and his young son in the other, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager got the phone call Monday he was hoping to get a day earlier.

Seager was selected to replace injured Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion on the American League's roster for next week's All-Star game.

Seager said he was just walking out of Babies"R''Us with his wife and son when he noticed manager Lloyd McClendon calling.

Trade for Dickerson: The Indians have acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

Dickerson signed with Pittsburgh in January. He has spent the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 65 games.

• Elsewhere

Suggest contact limits: The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change "in real time" rather than rules passed through legislation.

The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football.

Re-sign Tropp, Goloubef: The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Corey Tropp and defenseman Corey Goloubef.

Tropp, who played in 44 games last season for the Blue Jackets, signed a two-year extension through the 2015-16 season.

New No. 1: Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, while runner-up Roger Federer rose one spot to No. 3.

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