Add Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to the list of potential Chicago Cubs buyers.
“I submitted an app,” Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Interested parties must submit an application to Major League Baseball to examine the team’s finances. Cuban told the Chicago Tribune he sent in the application last week, although he wasn’t sure of the date.
Forbes magazine recently valued the National League Cubs at $592 million, fifth-highest in baseball, although experts speculate the bidding could start at $600 million.
Brown suspended for 4 games
ST. LOUIS – Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown was suspended Friday for the first four games next season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Brown’s suspension will begin Aug. 31. He can return to the active roster on Oct. 1, following the Rams’ game Sept. 30 against the Dallas Cowboys. He is allowed to participate in preseason games and practice.
Harvick in comfy spot
JOLIET, Ill. – Whatever it is Kevin Harvick has been searching for the past few months, he has come to the right place to find it.
A NASCAR season that began with a win at the Daytona 500 has been up and down since, with Harvick at a loss to explain the inconsistency of his Richard Childress Racing team. But Chicagoland Speedway, where he has won twice, could provide some answers.
“Performancewise, (the season) has been very good,” Harvick said Friday before qualifying 14th behind pole winner Casey Mears for Sunday’s USG Sheetrock 400 (1 p.m., TNT). “We’ve had a lot of things go wrong.”
Still, Harvick sits ninth in the standings – between RCR teammates Jeff Burton (fifth) and Clint Bowyer (11th) – with his place in the Chase for the Nextel Cup reasonably secure.
Ball St. coach quits
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ronny Thompson cited Ball State’s internal investigation into alleged violations of NCAA rules in his resignation as basketball coach.
Thompson, a son of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, resigned after a single 9-22 season as the Cardinals’ coach. He and his staff broke NCAA rules last summer and in May by attending voluntary offseason team workouts, and they lied about their involvement in the May infraction, the school has said.
Thomas re-signs with Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed right wing Bill Thomas to a one-year contract Friday and signed free-agent left wing Tomas Survoy to a one-year pact. Thomas, 24, had eight goals and six assists in 24 games for the Coyotes last season, along with 13 goals and 20 assists for their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
● The New Jersey Devils’ revolving door of head coaches spun again, with the hiring of Brent Sutter.
Brazil ready to show off
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Fireworks exploded above Rio’s cherished Maracana soccer stadium Friday night as Brazil launched its biggest show – and a test of its ability to become a host on the global sports stage.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and a crowd of nearly 95,000 packed the stadium to officially open the Pan American Games, the biggest sporting event this city has seen since the 1950 World Cup.
Maracana was built for that tournament, which Brazil lost to underdog Uruguay. Brazil went on to win a record five World Cups but never hosted another, and Brazilians think a good show at these games will prove they can handle the 2014 World Cup and perhaps even the Olympics.
The games will bring 5,662 athletes from 42 countries to Rio.
Pollack may not play this year
CINCINNATI – Bengals linebacker David Pollack, who broke a bone in his neck during a game last season, isn’t expected to play this year.
“He is working extremely hard and will continue focusing on rehabilitating,” coach Marvin Lewis said.
● Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers won’t face criminal charges following a review of an exotic dancer’s claims that he inappropriately touched her.
● Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes has been sentenced to six months probation after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge.
By USA Today, The Associated Press