Haslam steps in as owner; Holmgren will step down
CHICAGO – Mike Holmgren won’t be finishing the job he set out to do in Cleveland.
New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition.
Haslam was introduced as the Browns’ new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1-billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles President Joe Banner would become chief executive officer. The move will take effect Oct. 25 when the sale is concluded.
Eagles fire 18-year coach, give Castillo’s job to Bowles
PHILADELPHIA – Consecutive blown fourth-quarter leads have cost Juan Castillo his job as the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
Castillo was fired Tuesday and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles, a 13-year coaching veteran in the NFL.
Coach Andy Reid dismissed his longtime assistant, who surprisingly was switched to defense after 13 seasons coaching the offensive linemen. Castillo was with the Eagles for 18 years, longer than any coach in franchise history.
Modano, Olczyk, Lamoriello join the U.S. Hockey Hall
DALLAS – Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt.
Once he got there in 1993, he didn’t miss a beat. Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history (561 goals and 1,374 points), joined longtime New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello and player-turned-broadcaster Ed Olczyk as the newest inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.
Bettman and the NHL owners propose a 50-50 split
TORONTO – The NHL made a new offer to the players’ association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.
As talks resumed Tuesday in Toronto between the league and the NHLPA, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the offer, which is crafted for – if nothing else – a quick response from the head of the players’ association, Donald Fehr.
The NHL locked out its players Sept. 15, and the regular season was scheduled to begin Oct. 11. A Nov. 2 start date would extend the season well into June but would preserve some of the marquee events, such as the Jan. 1 Winter Classic in Michigan.
Leipheimer loses Quick Step seat over doping admission
BRUSSELS – American cyclist Levi Leipheimer was fired by the Omega Pharma-Quick Step cycling team after confessing to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Lance Armstrong.
Leipheimer, serving a reduced six-month suspension for his doping violations, was Armstrong’s teammate for five years during stints with the U.S. Postal Service, Astana and RadioShack teams before joining Quick Step this season.
NASCAR dumps top-35 rule, cuts the Nationwide field
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR on Tuesday announced competition changes for 2013 that includes the elimination of the top 35 qualifying rule and a reduced field size in the Nationwide Series.
Starting next season, the top 35 cars in owners’ points no longer will be guaranteed a spot in the Sprint Cup field. NASCAR will use a 36-6-1 format in which the fastest 36 cars will make the race on speed. The next six highest ranking cars in owners points not already qualified then will earn a starting spot, followed by the most recent eligible past champion driver.