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February 20, 2013
The Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ref Riveron gets big promotion

NEW YORK - The NFL has promoted Alberto Riveron, the league's first Hispanic referee, to senior director of officiating.

The 52-year-old Riveron takes the newly created position as second in command of the department under new vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.

In his new job, Riveron will oversee the NFL's instant replay program and assist Blandino in assignment and evaluation of officials, and developing and distributing weekly training videos and other materials to improve accuracy and consistency.

Browns to update facility

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns aren't just rebuilding their roster. They're renovating their headquarters.

The team said Tuesday it has hired Westlake Reed Leskosky, a Cleveland-based firm to remodel its training facility and administrative building in Berea, Ohio. Browns CEO Joe Banner wants most of the team's employees working in one place, and there are currently some at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns' complex, which was built in 1991 and includes an indoor field house and four outdoor fields, was previously renovated in 1999 and 2009. Construction on the project will start next month and should be completed by mid-July.

Nash out for N.Y. Rangers

NEW YORK - Rangers top-line forward Rick Nash is sitting out his first game of the season because of an undisclosed injury.

Whatever is ailing Nash threatened his playing status for Sunday's 2-1 home victory over the Washington Capitals, but he was in the lineup.

New York coach John Tortorella would only say then that Nash, in his first season with the Rangers, was "banged up."

Nash was well enough to play after warmups Sunday, and he earned an assist and tied his season-high with eight shots in the game. He has three goals and nine assists with the Rangers this season.

U.S., Iran agree on wrestling

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Arch foes Iran and the U.S. have found some common ground in the fight to save wrestling as an Olympic sport.

U.S. wrestling coach Zeke Jones says the mission has brought the two countries closer despite decades of diplomatic estrangement. He calls the sport an important "ambassador," suggesting possible cooperation to fight an International Olympic Committee decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games.

Jones was quoted Tuesday by Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying the sport has brought together many nations, among them the U.S. and Iran. Iran has said it is looking to join wrestling's major powers to reverse the IOC decision.

Bynum will play for 76ers soon

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andrew Bynum says he plans on making his season debut for the Philadelphia 76ers this year, though he's still a week or two away from practicing with the team.

The 7-foot center has been sidelined by knee injuries since the Sixers acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers last summer.

Bynum's timetable for return has been pushed back numerous times since training camp.

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