Dolphins’ Jordan is suspended
Defensive end Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for a stimulant prohibited under the league’s policy on use of performance-enhancing substances.
In a statement released by the team Thursday, Jordan took “full responsibility” for the positive test.
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“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy,” Jordan’s statement read. “I worked carefully with my advisors and the union to investigate the test results, and I take full responsibility for the test results.”
Jordan apologized for the “impact of this situation” on teammates, coaches, his family, Miami fans and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
“We were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension,” coach Joe Philbin said. “Dion has accepted responsibility for his actions and is committed to improving, both on and off the field, in preparation for the upcoming year.”
Jordan, who played college ball at Oregon, was the third player drafted last year. He added more than 15 pounds of bulk in the offseason.
Other players suspended for violating the substance-abuse policy were backup wide receiver LaVon Brazill of Indianapolis and backup offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins of Kansas City.
Brazill was suspended for the season and Watkins was suspended for four games.
Retired players file objection
Seven former players accused the league and the lawyers representing more than 4,500 retirees of failing to justify how they reached a proposed settlement that includes an uncapped amount of damages for players with severe neurological disorders.
In a 58-page objection filed in federal court in Pennsylvania, the seven former players, including Alan Faneca and Robert Royal, said the proposed settlement would fail to compensate many retired football players, including those showing signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative neurological condition.
Faneca, Royal and the other objectors said players who were injured in the now-defunct NFL Europe would not be covered by the settlement, and because the plaintiffs’ lawyers conducted no discovery, there is no record to determine if they struck a fair deal with the NFL.
The former players also accused the lead plaintiffs’ lawyers, who have asked for $112 million in fees, of failing to demonstrate how they reached the agreement with the league and of being biased in favor of reaching a deal.
“The Revised Settlement is a great deal — for the NFL and Class Counsel,” the filing said. “It is a lousy deal for the retired players, whose rights have been bargained away without adequate or independent representation.”
Oklahoma adds ex-Missouri WR
Oklahoma has added Dorial Green-Beckham, a standout wide receiver who was dismissed by Missouri in April after multiple off-the-field incidents.
Coach Bob Stoops announced Green-Beckham was added to the Sooners’ roster after signing a financial-aid agreement Wednesday. He can immediately enroll in classes and begin team activities.
Green-Beckham would be eligible to play beginning in 2015.
Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 12 touchdowns as a sophomore last season at Missouri.
Stoops, in a statement, said Green-Beckham “understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma football program.”
Northwestern seeks reversal
Northwestern University urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics and education.
In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington, D.C., the university laid out its opposition to student-athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the NLRB.
• Inclement weather washed out much of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona is Saturday.
• California sophomore center Kameron Rooks is likely out for all of the next college-basketball season after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The 7-footer averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds as a freshman.
• An investigation by the College of Charleston found men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik likely verbally abused players, using threatening, degrading and profane language in dealing with the team — including using a homophobic slur against one player.
The 50-page report concluded it was likely former Navy point guard Wojcik, 50, insulted players with words such as “dumb,” “idiot,” “stupid” and “variations of such words that included profanity” and also that it was likely he used a homophobic slur to brand one player “on at least one occasion and likely on multiple occasions.”
• In his return from a one-year doping ban, sprinter Tyson Gay finished second to fellow American Justin Gatlin, who ran a year’s-best 9.80 seconds in the 100 meters at the Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Gay’s time was 9.93.
“I’m happy with my time, I’ve been training all year,” said Gay, the 2007 world champion who was suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. “It’s been tough training. I’ve been under a lot of stress and stuff like that, but I made it through.”
• International cycling officials will team with a French anti-doping agency to test for cheaters at the upcoming Tour de France. The work will begin with each rider being checked before the start of the race Saturday.
• In a WNBA game where a rookie led each team in scoring, Odyssey Sims had 30 points to help Tulsa beat host Connecticut 96-83. Alyssa Thomas had 24 points for Connecticut, which has lost four in a row.
• Defending WNBA champion Minnesota beat the visiting San Antonio Stars 91-84. Lynx guard Lindsay Whelan had game-high totals of 22 points and seven assists.
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