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Browns Ship Young Running Back to Colts

In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Berea, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, a stunning move just two games into this season and only one year after drafting him in the first round.

Richardson was dealt for a first-round selection in next year’s draft, when the Browns will have two opening-round picks. Cleveland is rebuilding and the team hopes to use that pick to help turn around a floundering franchise mired in losing for more than a decade.

Such a turnaround was what the Browns had in mind when they took Richardson with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

But Richardson apparently didn’t fit into the plans of Cleveland’s front office or new coach Rob Chudzinski’s offensive system. Richardson, who rushed for 950 yards as a rookie despite playing most of last season with broken ribs, had gained just 105 yards on 31 carries this season and didn’t have the breakaway speed the Browns’ new regime was looking for.

The shocking trade came on the same day Chudzinski announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota. Hoyer got the nod over backup Jason Campbell to fill in for starter Brandon Weeden, who is sidelined with a sprained right thumb.

In addition, the Browns are bringing in free agent running back Willis McGahee for a physical and will sign him if he passes. A two-time Pro Bowl pick, McGahee was most recently with Denver.

Buc DB’s Suspension
Reduced To Fine

Tampa, Fla. — Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s one game suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Darren Sproles of New Orleans.

The NFL announced the decision Wednesday by Matt Birk, who handles appeals of discipline of on-field punishment for players for the league and NFL Players Association.

Goldson was suspended one game without pay Monday for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. This will allow him to play Sunday against New England.

He was penalized for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against New Orleans for the hit. It was Goldson’s fifth violation for unnecessary roughness since 2011.

Birk upheld a $30,000 fine for another Goldson helmet-to-helmet hit in the opener against New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Sailing

Kiwis Within 1 Win
Of America’s Cup

San Francisco — The America’s Cup is staying in America for at least one more day, thanks to the wind and tide on San Francisco Bay.

Not long after Emirates Team New Zealand reached match point Wednesday against powerhouse Oracle Team USA, Race 12 was postponed because the wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge exceeded the limit.

The 72-foot catamarans had just crossed the start line with Kiwi skipper Dean Barker holding a big advantage over rival Jimmy Spithill before Race 12 was scrubbed.

Organizers will try again today to get in two races, if necessary. Two races were postponed on Tuesday because of strong wind blowing against a big ebb tide.

The wind limit of 23 knots was reduced to 19.9 knots for Race 12 because of an ebb tide of 3.1 knots flowing out of San Francisco Bay. The wind peaked at 21.5 knots just before the start.

The wind limit was reduced from 33 knots to 23 knots as one of 37 safety recommendations made after British double Olympic medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in the capsize of Artemis Racing’s catamaran on May 9. The wind limit is affected by the day’s tide.

Barker and the rest of the Kiwi crew won Race 11 by 15 seconds earlier Wednesday to move to the brink of taking the oldest trophy in international sports.

Team New Zealand leads 8-1. Oracle Team USA, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., was docked two points going into the match following the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup.

Soccer

Messi’s Hat Trick
Leads Barcelona

Rome — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona opened Champions League play with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday.

It was a different story for Jose Mourinho, though. Chelsea got off to a losing start for the first time, with Basel coming from behind to win 2-1 in London and add to the difficulties of the “Special One” during his Stamford Bridge homecoming.

Last season’s runner-up, Borussia Dortmund, also had a bad night, losing 2-1 at Napoli with both coach Juergen Klopp and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller ejected.

Seven-time champion AC Milan struggled, too, before two late goals gave the injury-riddled Rossoneri a 2-0 victory at home over Celtic.

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey scored as Arsenal won 2-1 at Marseille.