Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports) - The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. News of Welker's ban didn't come down until late Tuesday, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role. ESPN first reported Welker's suspension, saying the violation had to do with amphetamines. Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was ''as shocked as everyone at today's news.'' He noted he's meticulous about what he puts in his body and would ''never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way.'' The 11th-year pro who's been the NFL's top slot receiver over the last decade added that he never concerned himself with the league's drug rules but now realizes those policies ''are clearly flawed.'' While it takes multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policies to trigger a suspension, a four-game ban is issued for a single violation of the NFL's ban on performance-enhancing substances. Wozniacki strolls into US Open semis - Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports) - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. Monfils through to face Federer - Watt inks 6-year deal with Texans (Yahoo Sports) - J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. A cleaning lady let him in and Watt went straight to the weight room. ''I thought they were pulling a joke on me,'' Watt said Tuesday. Baalke, Harbaugh won't tolerate domestic violence (Yahoo Sports) - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter. Mahan, Bradley, Simpson get US picks - Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Bradley, Mahan, Simpson get US picks - Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Tom Watson fills out his Ryder Cup team (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Keegan Bradley hasn't stopped thinking about playing in another Ryder Cup. U.S. captain Tom Watson gave him that chance Tuesday night. Following his own rules, Monfils into US Open QFs (Yahoo Sports) - Gael Monfils follows his own rules. What Monfils has never done, despite all his talent - and in some cases, because he has appeared to value style over substance right there on court, in the middle of a point, preferring the spectacular to the sufficient - is reach a Grand Slam final. Open during a surprisingly matter-of-fact 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory in the fourth round over No. 7-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, a man considered one of the sport's up-and-comers.

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World Cup slalom record holder Schild retires (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 10:41 am]
Austrian skier Marlies Schild retired Tuesday, ending a career in which she overcame several serious injuries before setting the women's record for most World Cup slalom wins. ''The time has come for a new chapter in my life,'' the 33-year-old Schild said. She also won four Olympic medals but failed to take gold. ''It was a great and intensive time,'' said Schild, who is in a long-term relationship with 2006 overall World Cup champion Benjamin Raich.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Italian skier Moelgg injured, could miss season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm]
BRUNICO, Italy (AP) -- Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

Russian Starykh banned for two years for doping (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 16, 2014, 5:53 pm]
Russian Irina Starykh, who won the women’s 7.5-km sprint at the 2013 European biathlon championship, has been banned for two years for doping, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Wednesday. "Irina Starykh is ineligible to compete for a period of two years, commencing from December 23, 2013," the IBU said in a statement. "All Irina Starykh's competition results obtained from the date the sample was collected are struck off with the resulting consequences." The case can be appealed within 21 days at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Slovenia probes Mae's Olympic qualifying races (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 1:55 pm]
By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Four Slovenian officials have been suspended for 'irregularities' in Alpine ski races used by pop violinist Vanessa Mae to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the national skiing association said on Friday. "We discovered there were a number of irregularities in the competition in which Vanessa Mae qualified," Slovenian Ski Association head Jurij Zurej told Reuters on Friday. "We have no indication whatsoever that Vanessa Mae or any other skier would be involved in those irregularities," said Zurej, who added that the matter had been placed in the hands of the local police.

4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 10:03 am]
Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she finished a distant last among the 67 racers who completed the two runs in the Olympic giant slalom. To earn enough points to be eligible for the games in February, she had to compete in official races in Sweden, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. The Slovenian Ski Association said Friday it found evidence indicating that the races it hosted in January were ''fixed at the behest of Thai ski officials to meet her qualifying criteria for Sochi.'' The Slovenian association president, Jurij Zurej, said the suspected irregularities included falsification of times and rankings.

Slovenia: Violinist's pre-Sochi ski results rigged (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 8:34 am]
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenia has suspended four of its ski officials for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Kasper re-elected president of world ski body (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 6, 2014, 12:10 pm]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Gian Franco Kasper of Switzerland has been re-elected unopposed as president of the International Ski Federation.

FIS picks Are, Sweden to host 2019 Alpine worlds (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 5, 2014, 5:18 pm]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The International Ski Federation has chosen Are in Sweden to host the Alpine skiing world championships in 2019.

Schleper returns to slopes, will ski for Mexico (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 2, 2014, 9:38 pm]
Sarah Schleper has one stringent rule around her house these days: The family must speak in Spanish and that even applies to her 1-year-old daughter, who's quickly learned to say ''Hola!'' Just a way for the longtime American skier to become more fluent in the language of her recently adopted country. The Colorado skier just became a citizen of Mexico, where her husband is from. The International Ski Federation signed off on her decision to compete for Mexico, too, approving her release from the U.S. squad. ''I love the United States - it is an honor and a privilege to be born here, so many people want that, but it feels amazing to be a dual citizen of Mexico.

2-time Olympic ski champ Maze hires coach Ghirardi (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 23, 2014, 12:09 pm]
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Tina Maze has added Italian coach Valerio Ghirardi to her team for the next World Cup season.

Vonn, Woods lean on each other through rehab (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 13, 2014, 8:22 pm]
DENVER (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods are leaning on each other as they come back from injuries.

Komissarova appeals for financial help to continue treatment (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: May 12, 2014, 3:06 pm]
Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during a training session at the Sochi Olympics, is appealing for financial help to continue her treatment and rehabilitation.  \"I am training in a clinic in Spain and the doctor gave me a 90 percent chance that I would be able to stand on my legs again, when others did not even give me a one percent chance,\" the 23-year-old Komissarova wrote on her Instagram page on Monday. \"Those who care about my destiny, I am asking you for financial help. I need in the region of 27 million roubles ($765,000).\" The Russian freestyle skiing Federation said last week on its website (www.ffr-ski.ru) that Komissarova's treatment could be \"paid for by the charity fund 'Ostrova' (Islands) and direct donations to Maria through her website (www.maria-komissarova.com).\" Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of operations.





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