- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis was suspended four games Friday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Mathis set a franchise record with 19½ sacks last season, winning the league title in that category, and he is one of the most respected leaders on the team.

The substance Mathis tested positive for remains unknown, but the linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He and his wife are expecting a baby.

Though Mathis can participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games, he will not be return to the team until Sept. 29.


The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, has been postponed.

Erik Logan, president of the network, said the postponement will allow Sam “the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - It turns out Wes Welker’s luck at the Kentucky Derby extended beyond the racetrack and into the cashier’s window.

Welker was seen at Churchill Downs with a large stack of cash and handing out $100 bills to random people earlier this month.

A spokesman for Churchill Downs said that a patron believed to be a member of Welker’s group was accidentally overpaid $14,898. TMZ reported that the Denver Broncos receiver sent a friend to collect his winnings for him.

Although the track sent a letter to that individual seeking repayment, it doesn’t expect to be repaid.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City defensive specialist Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a left calf injury.

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