Sports Report: Wes Welker Suspended After Violating NFL's Drug Policy
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines, and NFL Media reported Welker was notified Tuesday he had lost his appeal, which was heard two weeks ago. Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs despite missing the last 3 1/2 games of last season.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended six games and fined $500,000 after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Three people close to discussions tell The Associated Press at least three groups have entered final negotiations to buy the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, real estate mogul Donald Trump and a Toronto-based group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi have received formal documents in advance of a bid deadline on Monday.
In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Kansas City Royals continue to hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League East after both teams won on Tuesday. Salvador Perez singled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning to lift the Royals past Texas 2-1. The Tigers kept pace with a 4-2 victory at Cleveland.
Closer to home, the Boston Red Sox powered past the New York Yankees 9-4 last night. Xander Bogaerts homered among his four hits, and fellow rookie Mookie Betts also went deep during a big night at the plate. Daniel Nava hit a three-run shot and Yoenis Cespedes tripled, doubled and singled to back Joe Kelly's first win with Boston. Elsewhere Toronto bested the Tampa Bay 8-2, the White Sox topped Minnesota 6-3 in 10, Houston defeated the Angels 8-3, and it was Seattle over Oakland 6-5.
The New York Yankees will celebrate Derek Jeter's career by wearing a special patch on their caps and jerseys during his final few weeks in the majors. The team says a logo depicting Jeter's last season will appear on the hats and left sleeves of players' uniforms beginning Sunday, when the club hosts Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium.
In the National League, the Mets beat Miami 8-6, Philadelphia blanked Atlanta 4-0, St. Louis trumped Pittsburgh 6-4 moving two games ahead of Milwaukee who fell to the Cubs 7-1, San Francisco topped Colorado 12-7, San Diego edged Arizona 2-1, and it was the Dodgers over Washington 4-1. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the season's first 17-game winner.
In interleague play, Baltimore slid past Cincinnati 5-4.
Tennis – U.S. Open:
The U.S. Open men's quarterfinals are set following wins by second seed Roger Federer, sixth seed Thomas Berdych, Frenchman Gael Monfils and Croatia's Marin Cilic. Federer knocked off 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to earn the right to play Monfils, who was a straight-sets winner over seventh seed Grigor Dmitrov. Berdych won in straight sets against Dominic Thiem to reach the quarters against Cilic, who needed five sets to dispatch Gilles Simon.
China's Peng Shuai has reached the U.S. Open women's semifinals by downing Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1. This is the first time in 37 tries that Peng has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event. She next faces 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who followed up her victory over Maria Sharapova with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of No. 13 Sara Errani.
Golf – Ryder Cup:
The rosters have been completed for the upcoming Ryder Cup to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.
U.S. captain Tom Watson has added Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson to his squad. That means no Ryder Cup appearance for Chris Kirk, who finished ahead of Simpson in the Ryder Cup standings and won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
Former NFL player and professional boxer Charlie Powell has died at age 82. Powell was just 19 when he became one of the NFL's first black players, spending five seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and two with the AFL's Oakland Raiders from 1952 through 1961. He later climbed to fourth in the world heavyweight ranking with bouts against Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson.
In the WNBA, Phoenix won against Minnesota 96-78.
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