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CINCINNATI — Running back Larry Johnson has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a backup, giving the AFC North leaders depth at the position for what's shaping up to be a playoff season.

The Bengals waived defensive tackle Orien Harris on Tuesday to open a roster spot for Johnson, who will be fourth on the depth chart at the outset.

The move comes eight days after the Kansas City Chiefs let him go as he was set to return from his second suspension in the last 12 months. The Bengals have one of the NFL's leading rushers this season in Cedric Benson, but he has a strained hip muscle.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee's victory over the Bills.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine and league spokesman Greg Aiello said it is for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday's 41-17 victory.

The 86-year-old Adams issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the moment.

Goodell was at the game, after having breakfast with Adams. The league said that Goodell left Adams' suite at the end of the third quarter and spent the fourth quarter sitting with fans in the end zone before leaving the stadium.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a group of Native Americans who think the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins football team is offensive.

The high court turned away an appeal from Suzan Shown Harjo. That ends the latest round in the 17-year court battle between the Redskins and a group of American Indians who want them to change their name. Harjo and her fellow plaintiffs have been working since 1992 to have the Redskins trademarks declared invalid.

This doesn't end the legal battle, however. The plaintiffs have a backup plan: A group of six American Indians ranging in age from 18 to 24 filed essentially the same claim two years ago, but the new case has been on hold until this one was resolved.

None of the judges has commented on whether the Redskins name is offensive or racist, instead holding in favor of the football team on legal technicalities.

College football

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State linebacker Jason Stripling has been arrested on suspicion of assault and obstructing a public servant.

A Pullman Police Department report said Stripling was arrested early Sunday morning on Greek Row. A WSU official said he has been suspended from the team pending an investigation by the coaching staff.

Stripling has started every game this season. The Cougars host No. 20 Oregon State on Saturday.

Fourth-degree assault and obstructing a public servant are both misdemeanors.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new study finds a lack of diversity in the key leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools and conferences.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida released the report Tuesday. It found that for the 362 campus leadership positions studied, more than 91 percent of the officials were white.

The report examined positions such as conference commissioners, school presidents, athletic directors, faculty athletics representatives and head football coaches. It found that white men made up 77.5 percent of presidents and 82.5 percent of athletic directors.

Institute director Richard Lapchick says "the numbers simply do not reflect the diversity of our student-athletes."


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies announced they have ended their one-year contract with 10-time All-Star and former league MVP Allen Iverson in what it called a mutual agreement. Iverson began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue after playing only three games with the Grizzlies, all in California.

The Grizzlies plan to waive Iverson, who announced he was headed to Memphis on his Twitter account but hasn't posted any updates there since Nov. 2 when he played his first game with the team.

Memphis owner Michael Heisley told the AP last week he would be happy to trade Iverson to another team if a better deal came along but few teams have shown interest in the 34-year-old guard.


LOS ANGELES — Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes with Empire Maker, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 68.

Jockey agent Ron Anderson said Frankel died at home in Pacific Palisades. Frankel had been running his stable by phone for most of the year while he was undergoing treatment.

Frankel began his training career by turning lowly claiming horses into stakes winners, and wound up with earnings of more than $200 million.

He enjoyed his greatest success this decade, winning four consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation's leading trainer from 2000-2003, and five overall. Besides Empire Maker, other winning horses Frankel trained included Aptitude, Intercontinental, First Defence, Sightseek and Ventura.

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