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Sports in brief: Less tipping of upcoming picks on NFL draft day

NFL

Putting Drama back in the draft?

The networks televising the NFL draft have been discussing ways to not tip viewers as much about who is about to be announced, according to a tweet by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Dietsch.

The league, NFL Network and ESPN have said they won't show players on the phone from the green room during the first night of the draft, Dietsch wrote.

In recent years, networks' images drained some of the effect of the official announcement coming from the commissioner at the podium.

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Players union files suit against coaches union

The NFL Players Association is suing the NFL Coaches Association in D.C. Superior Court for about $650,000, saying it loaned the coaches' group that amount "to cover payroll and other NFLCA expenses."

The players' union is also asking the court to determine whether NFLCA executive director David Cornwell was "lawfully elected."

Cornwell said "the lawsuit and the alleged debt is a smoke screen to prevent the NFLCA from breaking away from the NFLPA."

Ex-Saint to settle: Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. reached a tentative agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over his failed car dealership in Mississippi, court records said. NMAC sued McAllister for more than $1.5 million, alleging the dealership defaulted on payments and exceeded credit limits. McAllister filed a counter claim in which he said Nissan knew he "was a young professional athlete inexperienced in the motor vehicle sales business" and did little to help his dealership succeed. The dealership, which closed in 2009, agreed to liquidate its assets through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Skipping camp: The Jaguars will allow cornerback Aaron Ross to skip part of training camp in order to see his wife, U.S. runner Sanya Richards-Ross, compete in the London Olympics. Richards-Ross, a 400-meter bronze medalist in Beijing, must still qualify for London.

Soccer

Chelsea seizes Champions edge

Didier Drogba scored in first-half stoppage time, and Chelsea beat Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals in England. It was the first Champions League loss in 14 months for Barcelona, seeking to become the first team to win consecutive titles since AC Milan (1989-90). The second leg of the total-goals series is Tuesday at Barcelona. In the other semi, Bayern Munich leads Real Madrid 2-1 after the first leg.

Tennis

Nadal, Djokovic coast on Monte Carlo clay

Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic began their claycourt seasons with comfortable wins in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco. Djokovic opened with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Andreas Seppi, while Nadal, 40-1 overall at this event, followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jarkko Nieminen.

ET CETERA

Olympics: A silver cup awarded to Spyros Louis as the winner of the first modern-day Olympic marathon in 1896 sold for more than $865,000, Christie's auction house said.

Track: Reese Hoffa, the U.S. Indoor champion, won the shot put at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence with a throw of 71 feet, 3 3/4 inches, the best mark in the world this year.

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