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NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Predators’ Watson: Alcohol issues led to his arrest

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Jan 11, 2019—Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson says the arrest last year that led to his 18-game suspension came when he started drinking again after 23 months of sobriety. Watson, who turns 27 on Sunday, said Friday in an Instagram post that he’s been dealing with anxiety, depression and alcoholism since the age of … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Predators’ Watson: Alcohol issues led to his arrest

WASHINGTON | Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game, will be suspended 1 game

WASHINGTON —Jan 02, 2019— Alex Ovechkin has decided to skip the All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and will serve an automatic one-game suspension. The Washington Capitals announced Ovechkin’s decision Wednesday. The team says the league’s leading goal-scorer wants to take advantage of the adjoining bye week to prepare for the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game, will be suspended 1 game

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won’t let go until the end

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there’s one more game to win. Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for the Rose Bowl. … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won’t let go until the end

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Fournette’s 1-game suspension upheld, will miss Colts game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s appeal of a one-game suspension for fighting has been denied, meaning he will sit out Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. Fournette was suspended without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and punching Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette appealed, but retired NFL receiver James … Continue reading JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Fournette’s 1-game suspension upheld, will miss Colts game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Watson reinstated to Predators’ roster after suspension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forward Austin Watson has been reinstated to the Predators’ roster after serving an 18-game suspension for domestic abuse, and he issued a statement apologizing to everyone for the June incident that cost him the start of the season. Watson issued the statement Wednesday through the NHL Players’ Association thanking his family, friends … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Watson reinstated to Predators’ roster after suspension

NEW YORK | Capitals F Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension upheld by Bettman

NEW YORK— Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension for an illegal check to an opponent’s head in a preseason game was upheld by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. In a 31-page decision announced a week after Wilson’s nearly 7½-hour appeal hearing, Bettman determined that the initial ruling by the Department of Player Safety … Continue reading NEW YORK | Capitals F Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension upheld by Bettman

LOS ANGELES | Lakers’ Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn’t harsher

LOS ANGELES— Brandon Ingram is grateful he wasn’t punished more harshly for his role in the fight that got the Los Angeles Lakers’ season off to a weird start. Ingram began his four-game suspension Monday night when the Lakers hosted the San Antonio Spurs. The normally mild-mannered forward confronted an official, shoved Houston‘s James Harden … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Lakers’ Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn’t harsher

LOS ANGELES | Led by bench, Clippers hang on to beat Rockets 115-112

LOS ANGELES— Montrezl Harrell led a fourth-quarter charge by the Clippers’ reserves with 17 points, and Los Angeles defeated the Houston Rockets 115-112 on Sunday night. Harrell and the bench helped the Clippers erase a four-point deficit late in the third, with Luc Mbah a Moute’s 3-pointer giving them the lead for good. Tobias Harris … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Led by bench, Clippers hang on to beat Rockets 115-112

NEW YORK | NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators’ Watson

NEW YORK — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator’s decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge. Watson received a 27-game suspension from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last month. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that arbitrator Shyam Das … Continue reading NEW YORK | NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators’ Watson

WASHINGTON | Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

WASHINGTON — From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start. After watching the franchise’s first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | No. 16 Miami gets 3 defensive TDs, rolls by Tar Heels 47-10

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns, N’Kosi Perry threw for a score in his first start and the No. 16 Hurricanes downed North Carolina 47-10 on Thursday night. Romeo Finley and Joe Jackson ran back interceptions for scores, Jonathan Garvin scooped up a fumble and rumbled in for … Continue reading MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | No. 16 Miami gets 3 defensive TDs, rolls by Tar Heels 47-10

TAMPA, Fla. | Winston practices, Bucs still mum on starting quarterback

TAMPA, Fla.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they don’t have a quarterback controversy. Jameis Winston practiced Wednesday for the first time since serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, returning to a team that’s ridden Ryan Fitzpatrick’s arm to a surprising 2-1 start. “I’m excited to be back,” a beaming Winston … Continue reading TAMPA, Fla. | Winston practices, Bucs still mum on starting quarterback

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State’s Meyer moves toward repairing scandal damage

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as “a window in time I made an error.” He acknowledged Monday that the program’s … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State’s Meyer moves toward repairing scandal damage

COLUMBUS, Ohio | No. 4 Ohio State routs Rutgers, looks ahead to bigger test

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history, routing outmanned Rutgers 52-3 on Saturday. Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | No. 4 Ohio State routs Rutgers, looks ahead to bigger test

FRISCO, Texas | Free of looming suspension, Elliott ready to run for Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas— Ezekiel Elliott won’t be running off to federal court the week of the season opener the way he did last year, when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys was fighting the NFL’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. While the 2016 NFL rushing leader knew he would suit up for the … Continue reading FRISCO, Texas | Free of looming suspension, Elliott ready to run for Cowboys

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State opener nears, but the talk is not about football

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — A week before Ohio State’s season opener, few in Columbus have been able to focus on football. Not many are talking about the new starting quarterback or how to best use the two elite running backs. Instead, the discussion has been about domestic violence, misplaced loyalty, lying and how much a football … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State opener nears, but the talk is not about football

MIAMI | Acuna homers, gets hit again, and Braves top Marlins 5-0

MIAMI  — The Marlins hit Ronald Acuna Jr., again. They couldn’t hit Sean Newcomb, again. Acuna, the dazzling Atlanta rookie, connected on a 432-foot blast for his 21st home run and got hit by another Miami pitch, though tempers stayed in check this time and the Braves went on to beat the Marlins 5-0 on … Continue reading MIAMI | Acuna homers, gets hit again, and Braves top Marlins 5-0

AP Top 25 Podcast: On Urban Meyer and missed opportunities

The drama at Ohio State that put Urban Meyer’s status as coach in limbo for three weeks has come to a resolution that has left many unsatisfied. On a bonus edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins Ralph Russo to discuss the aftermath of the Meyer … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: On Urban Meyer and missed opportunities

WASHINGTON | Marlins’ Urena appeals penalty for hitting Acuna, can play

WASHINGTON — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena is appealing his six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves with a pitch. Urena was in uniform Friday and Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn’t rule out using him this weekend against the Washington Nationals. Major League Baseball announced the suspension and undisclosed fine Thursday, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Marlins’ Urena appeals penalty for hitting Acuna, can play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass | Reports: Edelman headed for 4-game suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Speaking for the first time at the Patriots’ minicamp, Tom Brady could have had plenty to talk about had he waited a few hours. Instead, reports broke later Thursday that one of the New England quarterback’s favorite receivers, Julian Edelman, could be suspended for violating the league’s performance-enhancers policy. Brady, who … Continue reading FOXBOROUGH, Mass | Reports: Edelman headed for 4-game suspension