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Steelers receiver Bryant faces one-year drug ban

PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a one-year suspension from the league for violating its substance abuse policy for the second time, and one of his agents said Saturday he will check into rehab and be evaluated for depression.

The ban stems from multiple missed drug tests, which count as failed tests, agent Brian Fettner said. Bryant has a problem with marijuana, Fettner said. But "his isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue," and he will go into rehab, Fettner said.

Bryant, 24, was suspended for the first four games last season and spent a portion of that time in Houston with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who operates a substance abuse facility. He came back saying he was humbled by the experience.

The Steelers had no comment. The NFL typically does not announce any punishment for substance abuse violations until the appeals process is complete.

Bryant caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns last year and was dynamic in the playoffs. He made an acrobatic scoring grab in a wild-card win over the Bengals and hauled in nine passes for 154 yards in a loss to the Broncos in the division round, serving as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's top target with All-Pro Antonio Brown out with a concussion.


Man arrested after hitting two teams with snowmobile

A man suspected of intentionally driving a snowmobile into teams of two mushers near the front of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was arrested in a Yukon River village in Alaska.

Arnold Demoski, 26, of Nulato was arrested on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and criminal mischief. He told the Alaska Dispatch News that he did not intentionally drive into the teams of three-time runnerup Aliy Zirkle and four-time champion Jeff King. He blacked out while returning from drinking in another village, he said.

The race leader Saturday was Brent Sass, and Zirkle was in second.


Horses: Danzing Candy won the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds by two lengths, upsetting 8-5 favorite Mor Spirit in the Kentucky Derby prep race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. … Melatonin, a 16-1 long shot, won the $1 million Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap by 41/4 lengths. Hard Aces was second, and 7-5 favorite Effinex was another half-length back.

Sailing: Caleb Paine of San Diego came from behind in the Finn European Championship off Barcelona, Spain, to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team over two-time Olympian and 2008 silver medalist Zach Railey of Clearwater.

Soccer: Diego Costa told Chelsea he didn't bite Everton's Gareth Barry in a confrontation that led to the striker being sent off as his team was knocked out of England's FA Cup with a 2-0 quarterfinal loss. Reacting to a challenge from Barry in the 84th minute, Costa thrust his head at the midfielder before appearing to sink his teeth toward Barry's neck in a biting motion. … In the Premier League, Manchester City drew 0-0 at Norwich to stay fourth, nine points behind leader Leicester. … Lionel Messi had a goal and three assists as Barcelona beat Getafe 6-0 to extend its Spanish record to 37 straight games without a loss in all competitions.

Tennis: Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost 7-5, 7-5 to Denisa Allertova in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. Kerber was seeded second. Second-seeded Andy Murray beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

Track: Marvin Bracy beat former Gibbs High and Baylor standout Trayvon Bromell by .005 seconds to win his third straight 60-meter dash title at the U.S. indoor championships in Portland, Ore. Bracy was timed in 6.502, Bromell 6.507.

Speedskating: Brittany Bowe of Ocala won the 500- and 1,500-meter races at the World Cup finals, beating U.S. teammate Heather Richardson-Bergsma in both at Heerenveen, Netherlands. Bowe won the 1,500 season Cup title. Richardson-Bergsma won the overall title despite not winning a single race over 500 meters.

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Sports in brief 03/12/16 [Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:59pm]
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