Sports Log

Source: NFL has Saints’ bounty ledger


Documents gathered in the NFL’s bounty investigation of the Saints include a ledger detailing payments for plays such as “cart-offs’’ and “whacks,’’ a person familiar with the probe said. The person confirmed the ledger’s existence to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Yahoo first reported the NFL had the ledger, which describes $1,000 payments for cart-offs, $400 for whacks - also known as hard hits - and $100 deductions for mental errors. NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah says the union has not seen the ledger or any other evidence of player involvement in a “pay-to-injure’’ program . . . Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphlion says in a long website post that Drew Brees, Scott Fujita and the NFL Players Association knew about his recording of a vicious motivational speech by ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams before it was released . . . The Giants signed defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a restructured contract. Terms were not available. The two-time Pro-Bowler, who has 69 career regular-season sacks, 30 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries, has contended for over a year that general manager Jerry Reese reneged on a promise to renegotiate. He would have made $4.7 million this season, the last of a seven-year contract . . . The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which runs the Edward Jones Dome, rejected an improvement plan for the 17-year-old stadium proposed by the Rams. The lease terms call for the dome to be in the top quarter of NFL stadiums before the 2015 season.


Trainer arrested for smuggling players

Edgar Mercedes, a prominent baseball trainer who helped represent A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, was arrested in the Dominican Republic on human smuggling charges for allegedly helping Cuban players illegally enter the country. A police statement said three Dominicans and three Cubans transported players from Cuba in hopes of securing major league contracts. All six were released Friday while authorities continued their investigation . . . Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis had surgery for a broken right wrist and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Markakis, hitting .256 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs, will be examined again Monday . . . The Blue Jays promoted outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, 37, to Triple A Las Vegas. The veteran signed a minor league deal May 10.


Bobcats discuss job with Pacers’ Shaw

The Charlotte Bobcats met with Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw about their vacant head coaching job, according to a person familiar with the situation. Shaw, a former Celtic who won five NBA titles as a player and assistant coach with the Lakers, is the ninth known candidate to interview. Bobcats executive Rod Higgins said Wednesday the team will hire someone “in a couple of weeks.’’ . . . After expressing some interest in joining the Orlando Magic’s front office, Phil Jackson bowed out Thursday, according to the Orlando Sentinel . . . In WNBA action, Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx remained unbeaten with an 85-72 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Tina Charles had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the Sun . . . Becky Hammon made 6 of 8 3-pointers while scoring 30 points, leading the host San Antonio Silver Stars to an 85-66 win over the Phoenix Mercury . . . Sylvia Fowles capped a rally with a game-winning layup as the Chicago Sky edged the Washington Mystics, 65-63, in Rosemont, Ill. . . . Sue Bird scored 27 points and Camille Little added 19 to lead the Seattle Storm to their first win of the season, 76-58, over the visiting Tulsa Shock . . . In Major League Lacrosse, Roy Long scored at 3:03 of overtime as the Rochester Rattlers edged the visiting Boston Cannons. Kevin Buchanan had five goals and Ryan Boyle set the MLL assists record with his 211th for the Cannons (5-1) . . . Defense lawyers in former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse trial asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for a delay Friday, quickly appealing a same-day rejection from a lower court before next week’s scheduled start date . . . Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another enjoyed a newly-implemented designated training time for Belmont Stakes horses one day after narrowly avoiding a collision with a loose horse . . . Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. surrendered in a courtroom to begin a three-month jail term for attacking his ex-girlfriend in 2010 as two of their children watched . . . According to reports, former University of Rhode Island basketball player Keith Cothran, 26, suffered a head wound after he was shot several times Wednesday night as he sat in a car in Hamden, Conn. . . . Former NBA forward Orlando Woolridge, died Thursday in Mansfield, La., while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition. He was 52. Obituary, B9.