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Former Cleveland Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius sued the team and the Cleveland Clinic on Friday, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility and blaming doctors for what he called negligence over a staph infection in his right knee that kept him from playing last year.

The lawsuit alleges that physicians Anthony Miniaci and Richard Figler failed to warn Jurevicius that therapy equipment was not always sanitized at the team's training facility in suburban Berea, Ohio.

Jurevicius has said he contracted staph following arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in January 2008. As a result, the lawsuit said, "Jurevicius may never be able to play professional football again."

Jurevicius was released by the club in March.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has started his review of the Plaxico Burress shooting incident under the league's personal conduct policy.

The league confirmed that Goodell was examining the incident in which Burress shot himself in the thigh in late November in a New York nightclub. The commissioner could suspend him if he finds that the receiver violated the NFL policy on personal conduct.

Burress still faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon. He would face up to 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted.


Perry holds lead at stormy event

Kenny Perry followed his opening 61 with a 68 and held on to a two-stroke lead when thunderstorms halted the second round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Perry, who tied the course record Thursday, said he actually hit the ball better Friday but lost his touch with the putter. He had three birdies despite hitting 16 greens.

Ryan Moore shot a 65 to move into second place and said conditions allowed him to go for the pin all day.

Four days after trudging around rain-soaked Bethpage Black to a last-place finish at the U.S. Open, Fred Funk shot an eight-under 64 to gain a two-shot lead over Jay Haas and Lonnie Nielsen in the rain-delayed first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

South Korean star Jiyai Shin, seeking her fifth win in 11 months, shot a four-under 68 to vault into a three-stroke lead at the storm-plagued Wegmans LPGA in Rochester, N.Y.

Play was interrupted by thunderstorms for nearly five hours, then called off at 8:37 p.m. as darkness fell. In all, 71 players will complete their second round this morning, including Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne, who was battling to make the cut.


Cup qualifying is rained out

A midafternoon downpour washed away NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying in Loudon, N.H.

The lineup for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 will be set by owner points, with series leader Tony Stewart starting from the pole despite crashing and having to move to a backup car in Friday's opening practice.

Dario Franchitti hasn't lost his touch at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The former IndyCar Series champion and 2007 race winner on the smallest oval in the series won the pole position for tonight's series visit to the 0.75-mile oval.


Rodgers wins 100 in 9.91

Mike Rodgers sped down the track in 9.91 seconds to win the 100 meters at the U.S. championships in Eugene, Ore. He beat veteran Darvis Patton by .01 of a second.

In the women's race, Carmelita Jeter outleaned Muna Lee to beat her by one thousandth of a second for her first national title. Jeter finished in 10.776. Lauryn Williams took third to round out the world championship squad.

Floyd Mayweather's return to boxing is back on, although the new date won't make things any easier for him against hard-hitting Juan Manuel Marquez. The former pound-for-pound king, who was slated to fight Marquez next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, issued a statement that said he's been cleared by doctors following a rib injury and the fight will go off Sept. 19 -- the weekend after Mexican Independence Day.

The 48th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix cycling race will be held Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m. at Live Oak Park. There will be nine races throughout the day, including the Men's Pro National Racing Calendar Race. Rahsaan Bahati of Rock Racing is the two-time defending champion. Information: www.mbgp.com.

Major League Baseball told an umpiring crew that it mistakenly went to a video review the previous night on a ball hit by Tampa Bay's Pat Burrell that bounced into the stands at Tropicana Field. It was the first time since baseball began using replay last August that the system was incorrectly employed.

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