(Reuters) - Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the National Football League (NFL)'s performance-enhancing substances policy. The league never makes public what substances athletes test positive for but the Denver Post reported it was the banned stimulant Adderall, a drug prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The news comes just five days before the Broncos, who lost last season's Super Bowl, begin their season with a home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The final pieces of the Ryder Cup jigsaw were slotted into place on Tuesday as holders Europe, who will be hosts and heavy favorites later this month, and the United States rounded out their 12-man teams with three wildcard picks. European captain Paul McGinley, spoilt for choice, ultimately went for seasoned Cup veterans in Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood along with 39-year-old rookie Stephen Gallacher. Later in the day, McGinley's counterpart Tom Watson opted for a blend of experience and form by announcing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his three picks. While both captains expressed delight and strong faith in their teams, the Americans will go into the Sept. 26-28 matches at Gleneagles in Scotland with a record of seven losses in the last nine editions.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, found guilty of intoxication manslaughter for a 2012 car crash that killed former teammate Jerry Brown, has a reinstatement path to the National Football League. The league said Tuesday that Brent could be conditionally reinstated to the NFL if he completes a 10-game suspension. He would be able to visit the Cowboys training camp after the sixth week of the season and to practice with the team in the ninth week.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson, helped by a late "revelation", opted for experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against Europe. Watson announced Bradley, Mahan and Simpson, all of them former Ryder Cup players, as his three selections during a glitzy news conference at Studio 8H, the home of 'Saturday Night Live', at Rockefeller Plaza. The trio join automatic choices Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson on the 12-man American team.
Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker was suspended four games by the National Football League for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy, a major setback for a Super Bowl squad. Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns last year in his first season with the Broncos after leaving New England, becoming a favored target for star quarterback Peyton Manning. A powerful part of the NFL's most productive scoring attack in history, Welker helped Denver reach the Super Bowl last season, where the Broncos were humbled 43-8 by Seattle.
USA captain Tom Watson selected Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his three wildcard selections for a Ryder Cup team intent on revenge later this month at Gleneagles, Scotland. The Americans have lost five of the past six biennial team golf showdowns against Europe, including in 2012 at Medinah, when the visitors made a stunning last-day singles rally to stun the US squad on home soil. Previously assured of a place on the US team for the September 26-28 meeting with Europe were Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson opted for a blend of experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against holders Europe. Watson announced former Ryder Cup players Bradley, Mahan and Simpson as his three selections during a glitzy news conference at Studio 8H, the home of 'Saturday Night Live', at Rockefeller Plaza. ...
Michael Sam, trying to become the first openly gay player on a National Football League team, will reportedly meet Wednesday with the Dallas Cowboys, hoping to join their practice squad. The 24-year-old defensive end is set to undergo a physical exam and the Cowboys will sign him to the team's practice squad if he passes it, the NFL website said. Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams at the weekend after playing for them in four pre-season games, making 11 tackles and three quarterback sacks but failing to qualify for their 53-man final regular-season roster. Sam also met the Rams on Sunday but was not chosen for the St. Louis practice squad and not claimed on waivers by another NFL club.