Report: Browns wanted Jim Harbaugh
The Browns were close to a trade that would have sent 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh from San Francisco to Cleveland, according to multiple reports, but 49ers CEO Jed York shot down the story, posting on Twitter: ‘‘Is this on the record? Report isn’t true.” Pro Football Talk reported a deal was in place that would have sent multiple draft picks to the 49ers for Harbaugh, but he decided not to leave San Francisco. Cleveland hired Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as its coach . . . Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. Davis, 28, was stopped in Tysons Corner, Va., at about 4 p.m. Thursday and arrested, Fairfax County Police said. Police declined to discuss why Davis was stopped. A court date has not been set . . . Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted an apparent goodbye to Seattle after an ESPN report about his pending release. The team said no roster move has been made . . . The Giants gave coach Tom Coughlin, 67, a one-year extension through the 2015 season.
Serena falls, Venus moves on in Dubai
Alize Cornet, ranked 26th, scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player, upsetting Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships in the United Arab Emirates. Venus Williams earned a spot in the final by beating No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-2 . . . Top seed Richard Gasquet beat No. 5 Ivan Dodig, 7-5, 6-3, in the Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille, France, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 6 Edouard Roger-Vasselin . . . Top seed Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, knocking off Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-0, to advance to face Pablo Andujar, who swept Tommy Robredo, 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 David Ferrer, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Thomaz Bellucci, will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat No. 3 Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-1 . . . American qualifier Steve Johnson defeated No. 6 seed Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-2, at the Delray Beach Open in Florida to reach his first ATP semifinals. He faces fellow American, and No. 4, Kevin Anderson, who beat Marinko Matosevic, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3.
James questionable with broken nose
Miami Heat forward LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls will be a game-time decision. James missed the final 5:50 of Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City when he was struck inadvertently by defender Serge Ibaka . . . The Orlando Magic bought out forward Glen Davis, 28, who is making just over $6 million this season and is due about $6.6 million next season . . . New Wizards guard Andre Miller said he lost his cool when he and Nuggets coach Brian Shaw got into a shouting match in a New Year’s Day game. Miller, who hasn’t played since the incident, was traded Thursday from Denver to Washington . . . California athletic director Sandy Barbour said it was ‘‘beyond inappropriate’’ for Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema to reference the death of Golden Bears player Ted Agu while defending his position in support of the NCAA rule proposal to slow up-tempo offenses by requiring offenses to wait until 10 seconds run off the 40-second clock before snapping the ball. Agu, 21, died during a conditioning workout Feb. 7. No cause of death has been released. Bielema apologized in a statement, saying his “comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt.” . . . Three-time major golf champion Padraig Harrington, 42, disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer, but did not say when it took place.