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NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL Players Association approved a league proposal to change its drug policy.

Some of the areas the new policy will affect are marijuana procedures, HGH testing and amphetamines.

The threshold for marijuana testing has been raised from 15 to 35 nanograms per milliliter.

As for amphetamines, a first time positive test during the offseason will now be evaluated under the Substances of Abuse Policy. During the season, violations will still be viewed under the Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.

Finally, human growth hormone testing has been approved for the 2014 season.

The changes will have an immediate effect on the status of a few players. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Broncos receiver Wes Welker and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be allowed to rejoin their teams.

Schefter also reports, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has had his yearlong suspension reduced to 10 games.

“This is an historic moment for our Players and our League,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency. Players should be proud of their union for standing up for what was best for the game.”

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Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant has been issued for Peterson’s arrest and he will reportedly turn himself in.

Peterson is accused of using a switch, a flexible tree branch used to swat a child across the backside, on his four-year-old son last May. When the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor where multiple lacerations, cuts, and bruises where found across his thighs, buttocks, and hands.

A police report says the son told doctors his father hit him with a branch from a tree. It also quotes one doctor as saying the wounds were “child abuse” while another deemed the cuts “excessive”.

The Vikings released a statement early Friday evening saying they were in the process of gathering information regarding the All-Pro’s legal situation. Minnesota has since deactived the running back for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. 

“This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter.  Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” said his attorney, Rusty Hardin, in a statement. “He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.  Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning.  It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson is in his eighth season in the NFL, all with Minnesota, amassing more than 10,000 yards in his career.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) – Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed

Baltimore Orioles 2 (87-59) – New York Yankees 1 (75-70) 11 Innings – Game 1

Baltimore Orioles 5 (88-59) – New York Yankees 0 (75-71) Game 2

Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) – Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-75) 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70)

New York Mets 4 (72-76) – Washington Mets 3 (83-63)

Boston Red Sox 4 (65-83) – Kansas City Royals 2 (80-66)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (81-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-88)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (77-71) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (70-78)

Texas Rangers 2 (55-92) – Atlanta Braves 1 (75-72)

San Diego Padres 6 (68-78) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-88)

Seattle Mariners 4 (80-66) – Oakland Athletics 2 (81-66)

San Francisco Giants 9 (82-65) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (83-64)

Pittsbugh Pirates 7 (78-69) – Chicago Cubs 3 (64-83)

College Football: (8) Baylor 63 (3-0) – Buffalo 21 (1-2)

WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 – Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0)

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Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug policy. Davis tested positive for amphetamines and immediately accepted the suspension.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” Davis said in a statement. ““I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

The 28-year-old slugger launched 26 home runs in 2014 but holds a major league-worst .194 batting average for the Orioles, who hold a 10 1/2 game lead in the American League East with 17 games to play. Davis’ suspension will carry into the postseason, under the terms of the league’s drug policy.

Baltimore is already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, who both have undergone season-ending surgery. 

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Weekend Sports Broadcast Schedule

Weekend Sports Broadcast Schedule

  Weekend Broadcast Schedule 9/12/14-9/15/14 Saturday September 13 NCAA Football- Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks, 1:30 p.m. (joined in progress) High School Football- Skyview Hawks at Madison Bobcats, 6:45 p.m. Sunday September 14 NFL Football- Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers, 2:00 p.m. (joined in progress) NFL Football- Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers, […]

Report: Hawks Re-Sign Forward Elton Brand

Report: Hawks Re-Sign Forward Elton Brand

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the team is dealing with plenty off the court thanks to the scandal involving general manager Danny Ferry and owner Bruce Levenson, the Atlanta Hawks are still taking care of business on the court as they’ve re-signed veteran forward Elton Brand.

Reports have surfaced that the team has agreed on a one-year deal with Brand worth $2 million.

No longer the nightly double-double machine he used to be, Brand will serve as a bench player again for the Hawks, playing behind starter Al Horford and Pero Antic.

The 35-year-old Brand spent last season, his 15th in the NBA, with the Hawks and provided solid depth and leadership for the squad. In 73 games, Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game while averaging 19.4 minutes per game.

In his heyday, Brand was an All-Star caliber forward. Injuries took their toll on him, but he still holds career averages of 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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Indians’ Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

Indians’ Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

BananaStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Even by his standards, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled to follow up his breakout 2013 season despite a new contract. Kipnis thinks his new deal is partially to blame for his struggles.

“I might have taken it the wrong way,” Kipnis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “There’s one of two ways to go about it. There’s ‘Hey, I have the security and the money now I can go out and just play the game of baseball.’ I took the way, where, ‘I’ve got this money, I’ve got to live up to it.'”

“So I might have pressed at the beginning and tried to do too much,” he continued. “In hindsight that could have hurt me and played a little part of this season.”

Last season, Kipnis made the American League All-Star team after he batted .284 with 17 home runs with 84 RBIs and 30 steals.

The Indians rewarded Kipnis with a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million.

Kipnis has struggled to live up to the deal this season. Through 119 games, he’s hitting .247 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Kipnis is a career .264 hitter.

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Marlins’ Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Marlins’ Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — One of Major League Baseball’s best players suffered a scary injury Thursday night as Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch and suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage.

In the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton was struck in the face by starter Mike Fiers. He was eventually driven off the field in an ambulance.

“@Giancarlo818 I am deeply sorry about what happened tonight. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery,” Fiers tweeted early Friday morning.

“That was one of the to hardest things I’ve ever had to watch here’s to hoping Big G is alright and makes a full recovery prayers ur way bud,” Marlins’ outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted Thursday night.

In his fifth Major League season, Stanton leads the National League with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. He is considered one of the favorites to win the National League MVP Award despite the Marlins faint playoff hopes at this point in the season.

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn’t show it Thursday night.

Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)

 

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Sheriff’s Department Completes Stewart Investigation

Sheriff’s Department Completes Stewart Investigation

BananaStock(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will find out late next week whether he will face chargers in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr.

Ontario County, N.Y. Sheriff Philip Povero said in a statement Thursday that he has submitted the investigation, including a forensic video enhancement of the incident, to District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo for review.

Stewart’s car struck and killed Ward during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9. After Stewart spun him out, Ward climbed out of his car to confront Stewart while the race was still taking place.

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White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In the midst of the final weeks of his professional career, Chicago White Sox DH Paul Konerko hopes to return to the team’s lineup next week.

The 38-year-old Konerko has been out of action since Sept. 2 with a broken bone in his left hand when he was tagged out by Minnesota Twins outfielder Danny Santana.

Konerko said he might take some swings on Friday, and thinks that he could rejoin the team next week for a nine-game road trip.

Now in his 18th and final season in Major League Baseball, Konerko’s farewell tour has been plagued with injuries. He’s appeared in just 74 games this season, which will be his lowest mark since 1998.

Konerko is in his 16th season with the White Sox as he joined the club back in 1999, and has been a team staple ever since.

The team captain, Konerko has hit .281 with 432 home runs and 1,383 RBIs, and helped the team win the World Series back in 2005.

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Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has taken a leave of absence and told his coach Bruce Arians that he’s losing his desire to play football.

The 36-year-old Abraham, who is the NFL’s all-time active sacks leader (133.5), left the team’s win over the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter Monday with a concussion.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Abraham has dealt with severe memory loss for more than a year.

“I think when you get to that age, and for whatever reason, if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn’t have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing,” Arians said. “That’s basically what he reflected to me. He said, ‘There were times in that game I wasn’t in it, and that’s not fair to my teammates. I’ve got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.'”

Abraham was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He’s played in 192 games since then recording 547 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 10 (86-59) – Boston Red Sox 6 (63-83)

Atlanta Braves 6 (75-71) – Washington Nationals 2 (82-62)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (76-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (67-78)

New York Yankees 8 (74-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (70-76)

Toronto Blue Jays 11 (76-69) – Chicago Cubs 1 (64-82)

New York Mets 2 (71-75) – Colorado Rockies 0 (59-87)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (69-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (80-66)

Houston Astros 5 (65-81) – Seattle Mariners 2 (79-66)

Chicago White Sox 2 (65-80) – Oakland Athletics 1 (81-64)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (90-55) – Texas Rangers 1 (54-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (83-63) – San Diego Padres 0 (67-78)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (75-71) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-73)

Kansas City Royals 3 (80-64) – Detroit Tigers 0 (80-66)

San Francisco Giants 5 (80-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (59-86)

Minnesota Twins (62-82) @ Cleveland Indians (74-69) (postponed due to rain)

 

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Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen had a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings as Baltimore (86-59) defeated the Boston Red Sox (63-83) on Wednesday, 10-6.

Chen (15-4) set down the first 16 Red Sox batters he faced before catcher Dan Butler took a 2-0 pitch and sent it off the Green Monster for a double. Chen finished the day allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Baltimore scored six runs in the third inning off of Red Sox starter Brandon Workman (1-9). The O’s added two more on catcher Caleb Joseph’s ninth home run of the season.

The Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth. Orioles reliever Darren O’Day recorded his third save of the season by retiring shortstop Xander Bogaerts with two runners on.

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Boudreau Agrees To Contract Extension With Anaheim Ducks

Boudreau Agrees To Contract Extension With Anaheim Ducks

Comstock/Thinkstock(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Anaheim Ducks and head coach Bruce Boudreau agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In two-plus seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau has compiled a record of 111-55-22, capturing the past two Pacific Division crowns. Last season, they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“It certainly means a lot,” Boudreau said about his contract extension on a conference call. “It means the Ducks organization has faith in me leading this team. That’s important going forward. That’s what it really means to me.”

Boudreau previously was the head coach of the Washington Capitals (2007-11).

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Mets Shutdown 3B David Wright

Mets Shutdown 3B David Wright

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets third baseman David Wright was shutdown on Tuesday after being diagnosed with persistent inflammation in his rotator cuff.
Wright has struggled this year at the plate and battled a shoulder …

Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng responded to a recent scouting report that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry read during a June conference call.

Ferry and the Hawks pursued Deng before he signed with Miami last season and apologized on Monday for the racial comments he made in a letter that he sent to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.

Deng released a statement on Tuesday.

‘HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM’

“Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.”

“These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’ For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me,” Billups told Yahoo! Sports. “I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer.

Last year’s Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year.

The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday.

Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Houston.

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