Former Browns star Kosar pleads to lesser charge

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FOOTBALL

Former Browns star Bernie Kosar pleads to lesser charge

CLEVELAND -- Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test during a traffic stop last year.

Kosar had been charged with drunken-driving in September, but on Monday he entered a plea to reckless operation and received a fine and suspended jail sentence.

Police say officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol when Kosar was pulled over in Solon, in suburban Cleveland.

Kosar's attorney says they're pleased with how the case was resolved.

Kosar has publicly talked about how head injuries suffered during his NFL career have affected his speech, making him sometimes slur his words.

The Browns last week said Kosar was being removed as a color commentator for preseason games.

Source: Thomas signs extension with Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. -- Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to be rewarded.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Thomas and the Seahawks have reached agreement on a $40 million, four-year contract extension. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on the condition of anonymity because there had been no announcement from the team. The agreement was first reported by NFL.com.

Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to lock up the most important cog on its defense. Seattle previously locked up coach Pete Carroll with an extension through 2016 and has been talking with cornerback Richard Sherman about a new deal as well.

Thomas was Seattle's second-leading tackler last season and added five interceptions.

BASKETBALL

Hall of Fame coach Ramsay dies at 89

MIAMI -- Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay has died. He was 89.

His death was announced Monday by ESPN. Ramsay worked as a broadcaster at the network until last season. No cause of death was immediately given, though Ramsay had battled cancer for many years and was placed in hospice care late last week.

Ramsay, known as "Dr. Jack" throughout the league, coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons, including leading Portland to the 1977 NBA title. He then began a long career as one of the league's most revered radio and television analysts.

Ramsay also was an accomplished college coach at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, taking the Hawks to the 1961 Final Four.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Monday.

COLLEGE

Missouri names Kim Anderson men's coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri has hired Central Missouri's Kim Anderson, a former star player and longtime aide to Norm Stewart, as its men's basketball coach.

The decision Monday came shortly after the school's board of curators met in Columbia, Mo. A news conference to introduce Anderson was set for Tuesday morning.

The 58-year-old Anderson won a Division II championship at Central Missouri this season.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland also had been believed to be a finalist for the job. Frank Haith left for Tulsa earlier this month after three seasons.

HORSE RACING

Trainer Sherman seeks Derby win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Art Sherman knows what it's like to be at the Kentucky Derby with a brilliant colt that wins the race.

He just hasn't done it in 59 years.

In 1955, Sherman was an 18-year-old exercise rider for Swaps, a California-bred chestnut colt who beat Nashua to wear the garland of roses on the first Saturday in May. Now, at age 77, Sherman is bringing his own California-bred chestnut to Churchill Downs, where California Chrome is the likely favorite.

The colt with the modest pedigree and impressive resume traveled outside his home state for the first time Monday. He flew to Churchill Downs, where he'll start getting used to the surface with a jog Tuesday.

California Chrome has won his last four races by a combined 241⁄4 lengths.

BASEBALL

Report: Harper to sit until July with thumb injury

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.

ESPN.com says Harper will have the operation Tuesday.

The Nationals didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Washington put Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb. He was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego.

The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star. He is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBI this season.

Astros trade RHP Harrell to Arizona

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have traded right-hander Lucas Harrell to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named later.

Harrell was designated for assignment on April 16 after opening the season 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA. The terrible start to the season stretched his losing streak to eight straight decisions and he has not won a start since June 15. He led the American League last season with 17 losses.

He cleared waivers on April 22 and was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 28-year-old Harrell, who has been both a starter and a reliever, is 18-33 with a 4.84 ERA in 88 career games with 62 starts.

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