NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins' nickname is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."

He was responding Wednesday to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed. Those members wrote, "Native Americans consider the 'R-word' a racial, derogatory slur."

The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection. Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the nickname. Teton-Driggs (Idaho) this week became the latest high school to drop the nickname.

  • The Redskins signed veteran wide receivers Donte Stallworth and Devery Henderson.

  • Third-round draft pick Mike Glennon, a former quarterback at North Carolina State, signed a four-year contract with Tampa Bay.

  • Prosecutors in Morristown, N.J., are sending the drug and weapons case against New York Jets running back Mike Goodson to a grand jury. Goodson and a friend were arrested last month after they were found in a car stopped on I-80. The men were charged with marijuana possession and weapons offenses.

  • Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is described as being in good spirits, recovering at home in Buffalo, N.Y., after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw.

    Miscellany

    Theodore Whitmore resigned as Jamaica's soccer coach. Jamaica lost 2-0 to Honduras in World Cup qualifying Tuesday following losses to Mexico and the United States.

  • A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes $5.3 million in back taxes from 2007-09. The complaint names Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi. "We are surprised," Messi said on his Facebook account, "because we have never committed any infringement."

  • The University of Miami will meet with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions starting Thursday. And as school officials head to Indianapolis, another published report involving the key figure in the case comes out. Former booster-turned-whistleblower Nevin Shapiro made new allegations in the weekly Sports Illustrated published Wednesday. His claims involve coaches feeding him insider information to help his gambling habit won't be part of this week's three-day hearings, though. Shapiro is currently in jail for a Ponzi scheme.

  • NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident at a car event at Bridgeport Speedway (N.J.), a short-track dirt oval. He was 37. Leffler finished last on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in his first Sprint Cup start of the year.

  • The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders for minor league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014. Streit, the Islanders' team captain, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 5. The Flyers now own his rights until then, and can negotiate a new deal with him exclusively until that time.

  • Roger Federer looked rusty but beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Gael Monfils also reached the quarterfinals, then said he'll miss Wimbledon because he has to deal with a personal problem. He didn't elaborate.

  • Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish.

  • ESPN will stop broadcasting in 3-D by the end of the year, the cable network said.