Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

NFL

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.

Iditarod

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.

ET CETERA

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.

Times wires

Comments
Rays Journal: A key step back for Venters, sharp day for Snell, big blast by Cron

Rays Journal: A key step back for Venters, sharp day for Snell, big blast by Cron

FORT MYERS – The big heartwarming story will be when – and thus if – LHP Jonny Venters makes it back to the majors for the first time since 2012, having battled through three elbow surgeries.But Sunday was worth a headline, too, as ...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — A week ago, Elkanah Kibet felt his calf tighten while training for the Publix Gasparilla Classic half-marathon. At first, Kibet tried to ignore the injury, hoping the pain would away.Instead, it became sorer.Kibet, 32, had massages, eve...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

TAMPA — Runners in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic know The Voice. Year after year, it comes back to them like home. They hear her before they see her as they head up or back on Bayshore Boulevard. The Voice makes them feel part of somet...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sara Hall sets course record in women’s Gasparilla half-marathon

Sara Hall sets course record in women’s Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Stephanie Bruce returned Sunday to defend her title at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon. She ran a blistering pace, shaving 50 seconds off her time from last year to finish well under the course record.Still, it was ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

Meet the various people who take in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic race weekend, whether on the sidelines or pounding the pavement.Woman's best friendAt about the one hour, 45-minute mark of Saturday's 15K, an Australian shepherd wearing a se...
Updated: 2 hours ago
On what Odorizzi has to feel good and bad about after trade from Rays to Twins

On what Odorizzi has to feel good and bad about after trade from Rays to Twins

Two things were pretty clear in talking to RHP Jake Odorizzi this morning in Fort Myers about being traded from the Rays to Twins.He couldn't be much happier than to be a new that that has legitimate playoff aspirations, and that he feels for those h...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Any deadline move won’t be cure-all for Lightning

Any deadline move won’t be cure-all for Lightning

The Lightning could very well add another defenseman by Monday's trade deadline, whether it's the bigger fish like Erik Karlsson or Ryan McDonagh, or depth piece like Mike Green.But, either way, one addition won't automatically cure some of the team-...
Updated: 5 hours ago
For starters, Rays at Twins, with Venters making first spring outing since 2013

For starters, Rays at Twins, with Venters making first spring outing since 2013

As the Rays head back to Fort Myers today for a game on the other side of I-75 to take on the Twins at 1:05, there are several spring debuts worth noting:First, that LHP Jonny Venters, trying to make it back to the majors for the first time since 201...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Ex-Rays prospect Andrew Toles working his way back from knee surgery for Dodgers

Ex-Rays prospect Andrew Toles working his way back from knee surgery for Dodgers

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Andrew Toles made a two-base error and went 0-for-3, and his team lost. All told, it was still a pretty good day for the Dodgers left fielder.In his first game since a serious knee injury last May, the former Rays prospect ret...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen finally got the message. It took a scoreless game and long chats with coach Mike White and two teammates to sink in.Allen bounced back from his worst game in more than three years with 24 points, including a 60-foot...
Published: 02/24/18
Updated: 02/25/18