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Weekend Briefs....

ESPN averaged 4.12 million viewers for NFL Draft coverage from May 8-10, marking the net’s best audience for the event since '93 (ESPN).

EPL CEO Richard Scudamore has apologized for "'inappropriate' emails that were leaked to a Sunday newspaper by his former PA" (GUARDIAN, 5/11).

Sources said that the Cavaliers have "started negotiations" with interim GM David Griffin to "make him their permanent" GM (ESPN.com, 5/10).

Colts Owner Jim Irsay, who had "been on indefinite leave" following his March arrest, was in the team's NFL Draft war room on Friday for the second round (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/10).

Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter, who led the football team's effort to unionize, signed with the Vikings yesterday after going undrafted (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/11).

About 60 Raiders fans yesterday "rallied outside the team's Alameda headquarters" to urge team Owner Mark Davis to keep the team in Oakland (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/11).

Actor Jon Hamm will be a guest analyst tonight on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown" as part of the promotion around Disney's baseball-themed film, "Million Dollar Arm" (ESPN). The N.Y. TIMES' Tyler Kepner profiles Hamm as an avid baseball fan.

Russia's chief state-controlled television channel "interrupted its prime-time news" last night to report that President Vladimir Putin's ice hockey team "buried opponents in the final game of an amateur league series" in Sochi (WSJ.com, 5/10).
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