Around the Nation (July 14): Browns to introduce live bullmastiff mascot 'Swagger'

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FOOTBALL

Browns to unveil live dog mascot: Bullmastiff 'Swagger'

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel's newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named "Swagger" will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in a radio interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."

The dog mascot is an attempt to re-connect with Cleveland's Dawg Pound of the past. The notoriously rowdy bleacher section in old Municipal Stadium gave Cleveland one of the best home-field advantages.

The Browns will be the fourth team in the league with an animal mascot, joining Seattle (hawk), Denver (Arabian horse) and Baltimore (two ravens).

COLLEGE

Emmert paid $1.7 million as NCAA revenues increase

INDIANAPOLIS -- NCAA President Mark Emmert received $1.707 million in compensation in 2012-13, a year in which the governing body turned a $32 million profit.

The figures come from the NCAA's latest tax returns, which were released Monday.

Jim Isch, the NCAA's chief operating officer, and top legal counsel Donald Remy also topped the $500,000 mark. Isch received $1.013 million in total compensation. Remy, who is listed as an executive vice president, was third at $619,663.

During that fiscal year, the NCAA generated $874 million in revenue -- a 4 percentage-point increase over 2011-12 -- and had $842 million in expenses, a 6.4 percentage-point increase over the previous fiscal year.

The tax documents also show a record $546 million was distributed to member schools in 2012-13.

Flozell Adams in Michigan State's hall of fame class

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former Michigan State football player Flozell Adams will be inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in September.

Michigan State announced Monday that Adams will enter the hall, along with wrestler Greg Johnson, football player Buck Nystrom, tennis player Sue Selke, softball player Kathy Strahan and gymnast Dave Thor.

The induction ceremony is Sept. 18, and the hall of famers will be recognized Sept. 20 during Michigan State's football game against Eastern Michigan.

Adams played at Michigan State from 1994-97, and the 6-foot-7 offensive lineman was a three-year starter.

He went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys.

BASEBALL

Alex Rodriguez sued for alleged unpaid legal fees

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez faces a new challenge: He is being sued by his own lawyer.

Attorney David Cornwell's law firm filed papers Monday in Manhattan federal court saying the New York Yankees star owes more than $380,000 related to their work fighting his steroid suspension.

As first reported by The Daily News, the firm also is seeking pre-judgment interest and attorney fees that could increase the amount to half a million dollars.

Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. He has said he plans to rejoin the Yankees in 2015.

Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, before baseball had penalties in place for PEDs. But he has denied using them since.

CYCLING

Two-time winner Contador drops out of Tour de France

PLANCHER-LES-MINES, France -- Two-time champion Alberto Contador has dropped out of the Tour de France on Monday after crashing during Stage 10 in the Vosges mountains.

The 31-year-old Spaniard with Tinkoff-Saxo Bank becomes the second big favorite to drop out this year after defending champion Chris Froome of Britain crashed out in Stage 5.

In circumstances that a team spokesman could not immediately explain, Contador crashed about halfway through the 161.5-kilometer (100-mile) trek from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles featuring four steep Category 1 climbs -- the toughest stage so far.

TV images showed thick streams of blood pouring from Contador's knee after the crash, his hip was scraped up, and the back of his jersey torn. Team director Bjarne Riis rushed over and bandaged the rider's right knee.

Contador then sat back down on grass bank and changed his left shoe as riders, weaved through the narrow gap between him and his bicycle. After several minutes, he got back in the saddle of a new bike, and three teammates who had dropped back escorted him to try to make up lost time as the peloton pulled away up the Col du Platzerwaswel mountain pass.

The Spaniard rode for about another half-hour, clearly in pain, and finally stopped, got off, wiped his eyes and climbed into a team car.

Contador began the stage in 4 minutes, 8 seconds back of race leader Tony Gallopin of France, in ninth place overall. The withdrawal means that the Tour this year will have a champion who has never won before.

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