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NFL moving draft to May 8-10 next year

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Radio City Music Hall scheduling is reason

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 8:38 am

Radio City Music Hall scheduling an issue

NEW YORK — The NFL draft is moving to May next year.

The league officially announced Tuesday that the 2014 edition will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall because of a scheduling conflict in April at the venue. The NFL has yet to decide on dates for drafts in 2015 and beyond.

Radio City is hosting an Easter show next year that conflicts with the NFL's typical window for the draft.

The last time the entire draft took place in May was 1984.

The NFL says there will be no significant changes in the dates for other offseason events next year.

Yankees ready to return

NEW YORK — Joba Chamberlain was activated from the disabled list Tuesday by the New York Yankees, and injured infielders Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis might not be far behind.

Chamberlain was back in the bullpen for the second Subway Series game against the New York Mets after missing a month with a strained muscle on his right side. To make room on the roster, left-hander David Huff was designated for assignment.

Teixeira and Youkilis both got five at-bats Tuesday during an extended spring training game in Florida, then headed out to begin their rehab assignments Wednesday with Class AA Trenton.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it's possible both could be ready to rejoin the team after two games in Trenton.

That would make them available for the start of a three-game series against rival Boston that begins Friday. The Red Sox entered Tuesday with a one-game lead in the AL East over New York.

Teixeira has been sidelined since early March by a right wrist injury. Youkilis has missed almost 30 games with a lumbar spine sprain.

Huff had just been added to the roster Sunday, one day after he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland. He pitched in one game for the Yankees, allowing one run in one inning against Tampa Bay.

Jim Brown rejoins Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND — Jim Brown has come back to the team he helped lead to its last NFL championship.

Brown will return in an unspecified role with the Cleveland Browns, who will formally reunite with the Hall of Fame standout at a news conference on Wednesday. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to announce Brown's new position with the team he starred with from 1957-65 before retiring to pursue an acting career.

“We're excited to have him back a part of us,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said. “It's important to me because he's clearly in the top couple, if not the single most important part of the history of the franchise, and it's the right thing to do.”

Brown previously worked as a senior adviser with the Browns. However, his role was eliminated by former team president Mike Holmgren and Brown had been estranged from the team for a few years. He returned to play in an alumni golf outing and was introduced on the field at halftime at a game in September, when he met with Haslam, who had just bought the team from Randy Lerner.

At the time, the outspoken Brown talked about his desire to work again with the team.

“I would love to have a role with the Browns,” he said. “I think that's what every ex-player would like to do most of all, to be a contributor to the success of an organization. I'm stuck with being No. 32 of the Cleveland Browns and I can't do anything about it. I don't want to do anything about it. If you didn't like the ball, that's one thing. You're not going to always like my politics, but we are married because of that history. If I can be a part of the development of a new winning attitude and help get some victories, man that would be fantastic.

“Imagine us having a championship team here again?”

The Browns last won a title in 1964.

Brown is the team's career rushing leader with 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns.