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April 12, 2013
Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Haslam gives up stake in Steelers

PITTSBURGH - New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam no longer has a stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers announced Thursday that Haslam's minority share in the team has been bought by existing stockholders and new investors Scott and Russ Swank.

Haslam spent $1.05 billion last October to buy a 70 percent stake in the Browns from Randy Lerner. Haslam - who made his fortune as president and CEO of Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas - will receive the remaining 30 percent owned by Lerner in 2016.

NHL, You Can Play partner up

TORONTO - The NHL and its players' union are partnering with an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports.

The You Can Play Project will conduct seminars at the NHL's rookie symposium and make its resources and personnel available to teams. Players will be able to seek counseling or ask questions regarding sexual orientation.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the venture underlines that "the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands." Union head Donald Fehr says the project "will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks."

Nuggets on cusp of team record

DENVER - Ty Lawson goes down with a torn right heel, the Denver Nuggets keep right on winning. Danilo Gallinari tears an ACL, they don't miss a beat.

The starless but selfless Nuggets have four chances left to set a franchise record with their 55th win, starting at Dallas on Friday night, before they try to parlay their deep roster into a deep playoff run.

Although Gallinari is out for the season after injuring his left knee last week, Lawson hopes to return this weekend to test out his pain threshold and knock off some rust before the playoffs begin.

Goat head found at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs found a severed goat's head at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and they're treating the cruel reference to a longtime curse as a crime.

Chicago police are investigating the delivery of the head addressed to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts after they responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. indicating an "intimidating package" had been received.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday staff at Wrigley Field discovered the package and immediately called police.

The goat is a prominent part of Cubs lore. In 1945, tavern owner Billy Sianis was refused entrance to a World Series game - he even appealed to the Cubs' owner - because he was told the goat smelled bad.

Since then, the Cubs haven't been back to a World Series.

 
 

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