Arizona linebacker Washington is suspended for 2014 season
The league has suspended Daryl Washington, standout inside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, for one year because he violated its substance-abuse policy.
The punishment, announced Friday, was for substance abuse and did not mention his recent guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
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Washington, in a statement released by his agent, said the penalty was for marijuana. The 27-year-old said he “is committed to making changes” in his life that will allow him to return to the NFL.
Considered among the best in the league at his position, Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the substance-abuse policy.
“It is completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement released by the team.
Washington, the team leader in tackles in 2011 and 2012, will lose $2.9 million in salary because of the suspension.
Hill receives 6-game suspension
New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games by the league for violating its substance-abuse policy.
Hill, 24, has failed three drug tests since 2012, and he lost an appeal for the latest infraction. He will be eligible to return Oct. 13.
Meanwhile, the Giants released 26-year-old quarterback Josh Freeman five weeks after signing him.
Gordon’s off-field woes continue
Josh Gordon, Cleveland’s Pro Bowl receiver who is facing a possible league suspension for another failed drug test, was ticketed for speeding last weekend and a passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession.
Gordon, 23, was pulled over for driving 74 mph in a 60 mph zone May 25 in Strongsville, Ohio.
Oregon State wins on Davis’ HR
Junior Dylan Davis, a graduate of Redmond High School, snapped a tie with a home run with two out in the seventh inning to lead host Oregon State to a 2-1 victory over North Dakota State in the four-team Corvallis Regional.
Oregon State is the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA tournament.
In other NCAA regional games involving Pac-12 schools, Stanford beat Indiana State 8-1 in Bloomington, Ind.; Oregon routed Clemson 18-1 in Nashville, Tenn.; and Arizona State lost to Pepperdine 3-2 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Keselowski earns pole in Dover
Brad Keselowski turned a track-record lap of 164.444 mph in qualifying to win the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
Kyle Busch will start in second in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 12th. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in 17th.
Minnesota improves to 6-0
Maya Moore collected 26 points and nine rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Stars 88-72 to improve to 6-0.
In other games, host Washington beat New York 68-60; Chicago beat visiting Connecticut 101-82; and host Phoenix routed Tulsa 100-78.
It pays to be part of the SEC
The Southeastern Conference will distribute a record $309.6 million in revenue to its 14 member institutions. The average amount received by each school is $20.9 million — a figure that doesn’t include the SEC’s bowl revenue of $16.8 million.
Some analysts estimate the launch of the SEC Network on Aug. 14 could yield another $15 million to $20 million per school next year.
“There are some numbers floating around out there, but everything is speculative,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “We’re optimistic.”
Oklahoma State player is jailed
Running back Devon Thomas of Oklahoma State was jailed on felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill as investigators determined whether he fired a gun in a heist Tuesday, narrowly missing the head of his alleged victim.Police in Broken Arrow, Okla., said Thomas and three others were suspects in the robbery.
• A crowd of about 2,000 filled part of New York’s Times Square to cheer the U.S. World Cup soccer team during a televised pep rally. The World Cup is in Brazil, and the Americans open with a June 16 match against Ghana.
“We’re excited about going down to the World Cup and doing something special,” said U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, who plays for Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.
• Galen Rupp surpassed his American record in the 10,000 meters, finishing in 26 minutes, 44.36 seconds at the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.
Rupp set his previous record of 26:48 in 2011.
• Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana of the Movistar team won the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia to increase his overall lead. He is 3 minutes, 7 seconds ahead of countryman Rigoberto Uran, who rides for the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team, with two stages left.
• Alexander Zubkov, a two-time Olympic bobsled champion, was injured when attackers smashed the car he received for his gold medals at this year’s Sochi Games.
Zubkov reportedly was involved in a confrontation outside his home near Moscow on Thursday when attackers with bats smashed the lights and windshield of his Mercedes-Benz. Zubkov said he has “small puncture wounds and a damaged wrist.”
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