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NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 PM

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

 

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril.

The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.

The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.

The league announced that arbitrator Harold Henderson supported Gordon’s yearlong suspension for marijuana use. The Pro Bowler, who was subject to more frequent testing, will begin serving his suspension immediately and the league announced in its statement that his “eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”

In the meantime, Gordon is not allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

Browns’ general manager Ray Farmer expressed some disappointment at the decision but said the team has no choice but to move ahead without Gordon.

“While we may have strong feelings on the timing and the process of this decision, we have also consistently communicated that we will focus on what we can control in our day to day approach,” Farmer said in a statement. “Right now that is preparing our team for the 2014 season and at the same time, supporting Josh however we are able under NFL guidelines during his suspension.”

The Browns had feared for months this would be the outcome and now that it’s official, the club will have to somehow make up for the league-leading 1,646 yards, 18.9 yards per catch and nine touchdowns Gordon produced last season.

 
Buckeyes expect Navy’s offense to be a handful
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 PM

By RUSTY MILLER

Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS — It’s already difficult enough to play Navy because of the tough, dedicated and disciplined players demanded by any service academy.

“These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless and they’re trained to be relentless,” Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry said. “So we know that we have to go full-go the whole game. Are we prepared to play 60 minutes? Yeah.”

But there’s more. On top of that, No. 5 Ohio State must get ready for the Midshipmen’s lethal and unique offense when they meet on Saturday in Baltimore.

Navy is one of the few full-time practitioners of the triple-option left at the college level.

Last year, Ohio State’s defense was riddled in consecutive losses to end the season after a 24-game winning streak. Cornerback Doran Grant was asked whether he was worried about how good the pass defense would be this season.

“That’s not what we’re worried about,” he replied. “We’re worried about beating Navy. That’s what we’ve been focused on this training camp. They have a unique style of playing offense.”

The Buckeyes, who are opening their 125th season, have an idea what they’re up against. Navy came into Ohio Stadium to open the 2009 season against an Ohio State team that would end up going 11-2, winning the Big Ten and then beating No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

And the Midshipmen almost left Columbus with a victory.

 
College Football Schedule
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

(Subject to change)

Today’s Games

EAST

E. Kentucky at Robert Morris, 7 p.m.

Bryant at Stony Brook, 7 p.m.

SOUTH

Texas A&M at South Carolina, 6 p.m.

Charlotte at Campbell, 7 p.m.

Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.

Reinhardt at Mercer, 7 p.m.

Missouri St. at Northwestern St., 7 p.m.

Point (Ga.) at Charleston Southern, 7 p.m.

Boise St. vs. Mississippi at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Union (NY) at Murray St., 8 p.m.

Kentucky Christian at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m.

Temple at Vanderbilt, 9:15 p.m.

MIDWEST

Howard at Akron, 7 p.m.

Chattanooga at Cent. Michigan, 7 p.m.

E. Illinois at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Presbyterian at N. Illinois, 7 p.m.

Missouri Baptist at SE Missouri, 7 p.m.

Valparaiso at W. Illinois, 7 p.m.

Taylor at S. Illinois, 8 p.m.

SOUTHWEST

Tulane at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

FAR WEST

Idaho St. at Utah, 7:30 p.m.

Cal Poly at New Mexico St., 8 p.m.

North Dakota at San Jose St., 10 p.m.

Rutgers at Washington St., 10 p.m.

Weber St. at Arizona St., 10:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games

EAST

BYU at UConn, 7 p.m.

Villanova at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH

Bowling Green at W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

MIDWEST

Jacksonville St. at Michigan St., 7:30 p.m.

SOUTHWEST

UTSA at Houston, 9 p.m.

FAR WEST

Colorado St. vs. Colorado at Denver, 9 p.m.

UNLV at Arizona, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

EAST

Penn St. vs. UCF at Dublin, Ireland, 8:30 a.m.

Wagner at Georgetown, Noon

Ohio St. vs. Navy at Baltimore, Noon

Delaware at Pittsburgh, Noon

Delaware St. at Monmouth (NJ), 1 p.m.

Boston College at UMass, 3 p.m.

Duquesne at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Albany (NY), 6 p.m.

VMI at Bucknell, 6 p.m.

St. Francis (Pa.) at Fordham, 6 p.m.

Norfolk St. at Maine, 6 p.m.

Marist at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.

 
Mankins traded; Bradford, Raji on IR
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:36 PM

By BARRY WILNER

Associated Press

 

On the NFL's first preseason cutdown day, a trade and several key players going on injured reserve overshadowed other moves.

In an unusual transaction for its timing, New England sent 6-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a draft choice.

The Patriots apparently are satisfied with a young group of blockers and the Buccaneers were desperate to improve their offensive line.

 
Walters, Indians beat White Sox 8-6 in 10 innings
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:34 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach Walters hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 victory over the sliding Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the 10th against Jake Petricka (0-4) and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 pitch well into the right-field bleachers to give the Indians the lead.

Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win, keeping Cleveland 5 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

 
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