Around the Nation (July 8): Former Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown says 1964 NFL title ring stolen

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FOOTBALL
Hall of Famer Jim Brown says  ’64 title ring stolen

CLEVELAND — Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.
Brown’s ring is up for bidding on www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Monday, the highest bid was for $33,275. Brown tells cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is “a lie.” Brown says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.
Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, says the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.
A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.
One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In ‘64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title — the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.
Carroll chosen for USC Athletic Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES — Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California — as a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The former Trojans football coach is one of 16 people who have been named to the hall’s 11th class. They will be introduced at halftime of USC’s game against Oregon State on Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Coliseum.
Carroll, who won the Super Bowl this year with the Seattle Seahawks, coached the Trojans from 2001-09. They won one BCS national championship, going 13-0 in 2004, although that title was later vacated due to major NCAA violations committed at USC during Carroll’s tenure with the Trojans. USC also won seven straight Pac-10 titles under him.
USC won a record three straight Rose Bowl games during his tenure, when he had a career mark of 97-16.
Carroll left USC in 2010 to coach the Seahawks. He departed USC in the midst of the Reggie Bush scandal that occurred on Carroll’s watch, which resulted in the vacating of the 2004 national title, a two-year bowl ban and major scholarship reductions levied by the NCAA in punishment.
Receiver Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A lawyer for Will Mahone says the receiver hopes to return to Notre Dame but has been told by the university he is not welcome while felony charges are pending.
Attorney James Gentile said Tuesday he hopes to reach a plea agreement before Mahone is due back in court on July 23. Gentile says Mahone has not yet had to enter a plea on the felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism but has pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
University spokesman Dennis Brown says Mahone has not been enrolled since June 24 but said he couldn’t comment further because of privacy laws. Mahone was arrested in his Ohio hometown of Austintown on June 14.
Two Miami (Fla.) players arrested on sex charges
MIAMI — Two University of Miami football players have been arrested on sexual battery charges and were kicked off the team.
Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were booked on the charges Tuesday morning. Both 20-year-old linebackers were dismissed from the team by Athletic Director Blake James.
A statement from James said both have also been suspended from school and barred from campus facilities.
They each face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s license.
A statement from James said: “Any allegation of sexual assault is extremely serious, and the university will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus.”
CYCLING
Kittel wins fourth stage as Tour enters France

LILLE, France — Marcel Kittel of Germany has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France — his third of the race — in a sprint as the tour returned home from England, with crashes ensnaring some big names.
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey.
Kittel led at the end of the 163.5-kilometer (101-mile) ride from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole along the Belgian border.
Defending champion Chris Froome fell early in the stage after a rider bumped another into the Briton’s front wheel. Froome got up, got bandaged, and got back to the pack.
Before the stage, 2010 winner Andy Schleck dropped out because of a crash injury a day earlier.

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