Around the Nation (Dec. 4): Browns to make TV debut in reality series

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PRO FOOTBALL

Browns to make TV debut in reality series

CLEVELAND -- The Browns are coming to reality TV.

A new series, "NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns," will premier Tuesday night on the Travel Channel, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL team. The five-part series will include features on players and show the inner workings of the team during the regular season. A film crew went to kicker Phil Dawson's home in Austin, Texas when the Browns recently visited the Dallas Cowboys.

Camera crews have been filming at the Browns' facility for weeks. Coach Pat Shurmur said he was initially worried about the series being a distraction, but is "sure it will be very professional and very interesting for the people that watch it."

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has called the show a "softer version" of HBO's "Hard Knocks."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Former Buckeyes RB Eddie George snares job at Ohio State

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State University says Heisman Trophy winner and former Tennessee Titans star running back Eddie George is returning to his alma mater as assistant vice president for business advancement.

His new duties at Ohio State include promoting health and wellness initiatives, helping with fundraising and alumni relations, and mentoring student-athletes about professional development. The school announced George's role Tuesday.

He says it's an honor to work for the university and apply what he has learned as a student, an athlete and the head of multiple companies.

George has a degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. He played for the Titans from 1996 to 2003 and finished his NFL career as a Dallas Cowboy for one season.

AUTO RACING

New owner enters NASCAR, vows to race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The CEO of an independent oil and gas company has acquired Inception Racing and vows his new NASCAR team will race all next season.

Brandon Davis will field the No. 30 Toyota for rebranded Swan Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. David Stremme will drive the car, but Davis wants Stremme to actually complete the races in 2013.

When Stremme drove the car for Inception last season, the team was a "start and park" and intentionally did not finish races in favor of picking up a quick paycheck.

Davis, the CEO of Swan Energy, said he entered NASCAR to be competitive and is determined to build a competitive race team. He has hired veteran Steve Hmiel as director of competition.

BASEBALL

Source: Victorino, Red Sox near $39M deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a three-year deal worth $39 million.

Victorino, 32, hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also stole a career-high 39 bases.

AP source: RHP Haren, Nationals near deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million.

The Nationals had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren.

Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels nearly traded the 32-year-old righty to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol after the season.

Rangers, Soria agree to two-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract.

Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3.

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