Released The Indianapolis Colts announced sweeping cuts on Friday, releasing running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, defensive back Melvin Bullitt, tight end Dallas Clark and quarterback Curtis Painter. The players spent a combined 32 years with the Colts.
• The New York Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs after seven years with the team. Jacobs, 29, ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns last season as the Giants won the Super Bowl. He is the fourth- leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards.
• Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been released from a year’s probation after completing court-ordered community service in Cincinnati 10 months early. Jones, 28, pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Died Longtime Major League Baseball umpire Harry Wendelstedt has died in Ormond Beach, Fla., after an extended illness. He was 73. Wendelstedt had been diagnosed several years ago with a brain tumor. He worked five World Series and four All-Star games during his career from 1966-98.
• Charlie Hoag, a four-sport standout at Kansas who helped the United States win the gold medal in basketball at the Helsinki Olympics, died at the University of Kansas Medical Center after a long illness. He was 81. Hoag played football, baseball, basketball and competed in track for Kansas from 1950-53. The two-time All-Conference halfback was at his best on the hardwood, where he helped coach Phog Allen’s team win the 1952 NCAA championship. Later that summer, Hoag joined Kansas teammate Clyde Lovellette on the U.S. team that beat the Soviet Union for Olympic gold.
Denied The NCAA denied Georgia Tech’s appeal to have sanctions reduced, including the loss of its 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football championship. The NCAA ruled in July that Georgia Tech must pay a $100,000 fine and return its 2009 ACC championship trophy as punishment for allowing an ineligible player, receiver Demaryius Thomas, to compete.
Suspended The NFL suspended linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and tight end Virgil Green, all Denver Broncos, for violating the league’s policy on performance- enhancing substances. McBean and Williams are suspended for Denver’s first six games of the 2012 season. Green is suspended for the team’s first four games.
Agreed Linebacker Kirk Morrison agreed to a two-year contract potentially worth more than $4 million with the Buffalo Bills.