Football

Roethlisberger case takes the next step

Authorities in Georgia have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her at a nightclub, police said Wednesday.

Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement that his department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright Tuesday evening. Blue said his department would have no further comment on the case.

Bright’s office on Wednesday acknowledged receiving the report and said he wouldn’t make any comment until he had reviewed it.

Authorities were investigating the claim that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted the woman early March 5 at a club. No charges have been filed, and Roethlisberger’s lawyer, Ed Garland, disputed the claim and hired his own team to investigate.

It was the second time in a year the two-time Super Bowl champion had been accused of sexual misconduct. Roethlisberger also faces a lawsuit filed in July by a woman who says he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel and casino, an allegation he denies. Roethlisberger has not been criminally charged in either case and has claimed counter-damages in the lawsuit.

Saints land defensive end

The New Orleans Saints and free-agent defensive end Alex Brown have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the former Bears lineman visited the Saints’ suburban training headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had cited defensive end among the defending Super Bowl champions’ more pressing needs since the release of Charles Grant this year.

“We’re excited to welcome Alex to New Orleans,” Loomis said. “He has been a productive player in this league for quite a while and we feel fortunate to add him to our team and are eager to fit him into our defense.”

Brown, a former Florida standout who’ll be 31 in June, has played all eight of his NFL seasons for Chicago, which released him last week. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman started 16 games for the Bears last season. His six sacks ranked second on the team.

“I’m very happy to be a New Orleans Saint,” Brown said. “With a team like we have, I can’t wait to get out there and give it all I’ve got to keep up the level of excellence they’ve set here.”

Extra points

Miami Dolphins unrestricted free agent Jason Taylor and his wife began a planned two-day visit to the New York Jets with the expectation of touring the team’s training facility in Florham Park, N.J., as well as its new stadium at the Meadowlands. … The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed restricted free-agent offensive lineman Nick Cole to a one-year contract. … The St. Louis Rams have signed veteran linebacker Na’il Diggs, who made 127 career starts for Green Bay and Carolina, where he spent the past four seasons. … Free agent running back Walter Mendenhall has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

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