NFL to interview Matthew, Peppers, Harrison in PEDs probe (Yahoo Sports)
Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison will be interviewed next month by NFL officials in connection to a media report that linked them to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. A letter from NFL executive Adolpho Birch that was obtained Friday by The Associated Press says Green Bay linebackers Matthews and Peppers and Pittsburgh linebacker Harrison will be interviewed when training camps open. The Packers begin practicing on July 26, the Steelers on July 29.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:39:37 PDT)
Text: Lawyer seeks plea deal, doubts Manziel can stay clean (Yahoo Sports)
An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press. Defense attorney Bob Hinton's text indicated Manziel's legal team was seeking a plea deal with prosecutors, but suggested that could be tricky. Hinton also wrote that he had been emailed a ''heads up'' receipt ''which purports to reflect'' that Manziel made a purchase of $1,018.77 at a Gas Pipe store at 12:03 p.m. on Tuesday, less than a day after his crash.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:08:52 PDT)
Maple Leafs select Arizona-born Matthews No. 1 in NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs are pinning their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews. Amid chants of ''Go Leafs, Go!'' the 18-year-old from Scottsdale was selected by Toronto with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. NHL Central Scouting ranked the 6-foot-2, 210-pound play-maker as its top draft-eligible project, and he's also a natural center, a top-line position that's difficult to fill.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:00:27 PDT)
Fury says he is injured, rematch vs Klitschko postponed (Yahoo Sports)
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was forced on Friday to postpone his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after hurting his left ankle while training for the fight. Fury, who stunned the boxing world in November by ending Klitschko's decade-long reign as heavyweight champion, said in a video posted on his Instagram account that he sprained the ankle on a run 10 days ago. Doctors told Fury he needs to keep off the ankle for six-to-seven weeks.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:20:05 PDT)
Djokovic could face Federer in Wimbledon semifinals (Yahoo Sports)
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are used to facing each other in the Wimbledon final. Federer, the seven-time champion seeded No. 3, was placed in Djokovic's top half of the Wimbledon draw on Friday. The second-seeded Andy Murray got a more favorable draw, with No. 4 Stan Wawrinka placed in the bottom half as his potential semifinal opponent.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:44:10 PDT)
World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory (Yahoo Sports)
Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it has suspended the lab's accreditation due to ''non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories.'' It did not give details of the non-conformity. The suspension is an embarrassment to Brazil and Rio so close to the games, which will open Aug. 5 after months of political turmoil and financial crisis for federal, state and city authorities.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:54:20 PDT)
Branden Grace cites Zika in pulling out of Olympics (Yahoo Sports)
Branden Grace withdrew from the Olympics on Friday, becoming the fourth golfer to cite the Zika virus as a reason not to play in Rio de Janeiro this summer. At No. 11 in the world, Grace, a two-time winner this year, is the highest-ranked South African golfer. ''After serious consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to withdraw myself from the Olympic competition due to the risk posed by the Zika virus,'' Grace said in a statement.
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:13:32 PDT)