The NFL filed a grievance with the players’ union asking Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell. The league claims Vilma’s suit violates the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout. A clause in the CBA, which the NFL says the union agreed to, bars NFL Players Association members from suing the league or any clubs. Vilma tweeted in response to the NFL’s grievance: ‘‘The nfl sent me a letter ‘‘demanding’’ I drop my defamation suit or else...lol or else wat?!?? They no likey me lawsuitey.’’ Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season by Goodell for his role in the Saints’ bounties program that the NFL says was conducted for three years. Vilma also is seeking an injunction to stop that suspension from taking effect . . . Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon was the only player selected in the NFL’s supplemental draft, taken by the Browns in the second round. Cleveland must forfeit its second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Gordon was suspended for marijuana as a junior in 2011 at Baylor. He transferred to Utah, but decided not to play.
Blue Jays sign Encarnacion for 3 years
The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year contract extension. The $27 million deal announced Thursday includes a $10 million club option for the 2016 season. The 29-year-old native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, is having a breakout offensive year, batting .295. He is tied for fourth in the American League in home runs (23), is fifth in slugging percentage (.595), and seventh in RBIs (58) . . . Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is scheduled for right shoulder surgery Friday in St. Louis to replace a portion of a damaged artery, which could sideline him for the rest of the season . . . Reggie Jackson said he made a mistake by disparaging specific players in recent remarks. The Hall of Famer said his comments were ‘‘inappropriate’’ and ‘‘unfair.’’ Jackson told Sports Illustrated that some of Alex Rodriguez’s statistics were tainted by his admitted use for performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson also said he didn’t see Gary Carter, Kirby Puckett, and some others as Hall of Famers. Jackson says he’s been reaching out to make apologies to the players he offended and their families.
Phillies’ Halladay makes rehab start
Roy Halladay took his first big step toward returning to the Phillies rotation by making a rehabilitation start for the franchise’s Single A team in the Florida State League. Halladay, who hasn’t pitched since May 27 because of a strained right shoulder, gave up three hits and an unearned run over three innings, striking out four with no walks . . . The Phillies are prepared to make a substantial contract extension offer to lefthander Cole Hamels, ESPN.com reported . . . Former Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets will return to the majors for the first time in two years when he starts for the Braves Sunday against the Mets. ‘‘Everything’s working,’’ said Sheets, who has recovered from elbow surgery . . . The Rangers’ contract with Dominican Jairo Beras has been approved by Major League Baseball, which suspended the 17-year-old outfielder for providing a false date of birth . . . The Twins will reinstate closer Matt Capps from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday’s game against Oakland. He has been out for three weeks because of shoulder inflammation . . . Investigators said there is not enough evidence to arrest Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz, Calif. A 21-year-old woman filed a sexual assault complaint against the All-Star third baseman June 1 . . . Giovanni Ramirez , the man initially arrested in the beating of a Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium but was exonerated, sued the Los Angeles Police Department for defamation.
Bruins sign Bartkowski to 1-year pact
The Bruins signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way extension. Bartkowski will earn $660,000 in Boston and $62,500 in Providence. Bartkowski, 24, was a restricted free agent . . . Teemu Selanne is returning to the Ducks for his 20th NHL season. The 42-year-old agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal. Selanne is 12th in league history with 663 goals . . . The Stars signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a $625,000 contract for next season and signed forward Colton Sceviour to a two-way contract for 2012-13 . . . The Panthers agreed to terms with center Peter Mueller on a one-year contract.
Allmendinger to bring own experts
People familiar with AJ Allmendinger’s suspension said the NASCAR driver has elected to bring his own experts to witness the testing of his ‘‘B'’ urine sample. Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR Saturday for failing a random drug test. He has said he tested positive for a stimulant he did not reveal, and has insisted he never ‘‘knowingly’’ took a banned substance . . . In the WNBA, Maya Moore scored a franchise-record 19 points in the second quarter and finished with 28, leading the host Minnesota Lynx to an 89-74 victory over the Tulsa Shock . . . Rookie forward Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 20 rebounds to help Los Angeles top host Indiana, 77-74. Ogwumike finished with 12 offensive rebounds, tying a WNBA record.