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Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice walks off the field after a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.


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Suspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint (Yahoo Sports)

In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. (AP Photo/Edmond Police Department)

The Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon. Owner Shad Khan made it clear Thursday that Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest. We want him to get the help and really beat this.'' A former standout at Oklahoma State, Blackmon was arrested Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said an officer detected a ''heavy smell of marijuana'' coming from the 2007 Chrysler Blackmon was driving, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked ''a blunt'' while driving and had another in his vehicle.


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Falcons WR White agrees to 4-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) makes a touchdown catch against Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell during the second half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. On the eve of training camp, the Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday. With players reporting for camp throughout the afternoon, White was not available for comment. Coming off a 4-12 season, Atlanta is counting on a return to full health for both White and receiver Julio Jones. He was leading the NFL with 41 catches and ranked second in yards receiving at the time.


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Cavs sign Wiggins, who can't be traded for 30 days (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Andrew Wiggins #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots free throws during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on July 13, 2014 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May's draft.


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Blake Griffin withdraws from US national team (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers handles the ball during practice at STAPLES Center on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.


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Stark contrasts for RG3 as Redskins open camp (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, laughs with head coach Jay Gruden during NFL football minicamp in Ashburn, Va. It didn't take long for Gruden to figure out Robert Griffin III.

Instead of engaging in another round of contradictory, back-and-forth podium sessions with Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III stood at the microphone and said he has coaches who believe in him. He implied he wasn't even allowed to do ''the bare minimum'' as a quarterback a year ago. Griffin and the Redskins opened training camp Thursday with lots of healing and rebuilding to do. The fall from a playoff season that won him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award to a 3-13 season that got Shanahan fired took its toll.


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Punished Priefer: 'I went way below the bar' (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota Vikings special team coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to the media at the team's training camp in Mankato, Minn. Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Vikings report to camp with the off-the-field distraction of the lawsuit brought by former punter Chris Kluwe over alleged discrimination, following a six-month investigation that resulted in a three-game suspension of Priefer for an anti-gay remark. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, John Autey)

The Minnesota Vikings could hardly hold training camp without some kind of controversy or sideshow. This version came with quite the twist: special teams coordinator Mike Priefer in the spotlight. As players unpacked their vehicles carrying necessities and diversions for the three-week stay at Minnesota State University, signing autographs for clamoring purple-clad fans in this annual rite of reporting day, the usual prominent figures stepped to a makeshift podium for questions from the media outside the team's temporary residence. This time, Priefer and long snapper Cullen Loeffler were among the interview subjects.


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2 Texas football players charged with sex assault (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 30, 2013 file photo, University of Texas football player Kendall Sanders (2) carries the ball during the team's spring football game in Austin, Texas. A University of Texas police spokeswoman says two Longhorns football players have been charged with felony sexual assault and their arrests are pending. Spokeswoman Cindy Posey says the players charged Thursday, July 24, 2014, are wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to ''get their story straight'' and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. ''It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that.'' The sexual assault charges carry prison terms of two to 20 years.


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Twins trade 1B Kendrys Morales to Mariners (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota Twins first baseman Kendrys Morales defends in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners' struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot. The Minnesota Twins traded Morales to the Mariners on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season, but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.


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Auburn's Marshall pays citations in Georgia (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala. Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation. Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday, July 24, 2014, that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. (AP Photo/Jay Sailors, File)

REYNOLDS, Ga. (AP) -- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.


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