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Ricky Williams: 'At least 500' drug tests

NEW YORK — Former running back Ricky Williams says he went through "at least 500" drug tests during his 11-year NFL career.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas and first-round draft pick by New Orleans in 1999 tells Sports Illustrated in a film to be released Wednesday on si.com that he "might have the world record for most times drug tested."

Williams, who also played for Miami and Baltimore, sat out the 2006 season while suspended by the league for violating the substance abuse policy.

In the film, Ricky Williams Takes the High Road, Williams also discusses the prevalence of marijuana use in the NFL today, and its potential as a medicinal tool. Williams, 39, retired before the 2004 season after failing a drug test for the third time. He returned to the Dolphins in 2005, sat out 2006 after a fourth failed drug test, then returned in 2007 and played five more years. Williams has become an entrepreneur in the marijuana industry and campaigns for its legalization.

Giants: Punter Brad Wing signed a contract extension through 2019.

Tennis

Sharapova ruling delayed

A ruling on Maria Sharapova's appeal of her two-year doping ban was postponed long enough to keep her out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Sharapova and the International Tennis Federation agreed to defer the decision, which had been due to be issued by next Monday. A verdict is expected by Sept. 19, the court said.

Davis Cup: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says "it's looking unlikely" that he will play for Britain in its quarterfinal this week at Serbia, but he planned to travel to Belgrade "just to be there with the team."

Olympics

Religious issue in Rio

Religions of African origin should be represented in the ecumenical center of the athletes village for the Rio de Janeiro Games, Brazilian federal public defenders told city hall and Olympic organizers. Public defender Edison Santana said only Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism are currently included.

Track ruling: Track's governing body, the IAAF, will let Russian long jumper Daria Klishina compete as a neutral athlete. She has been based in the United States for three years. Russian track and field athletes were suspended for state-sponsored doping.

Et cetera

NHL: Charges filed against Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly, stemming from an impaired driving incident last year, have been dropped, his agent Pat Morris confirmed. … The Kings signed goalie Jack Campbell and re-signed center Nic Dowd and defenseman Derek Forbort.

Horses: Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will run July 31 in the Haskell Invitational at New Jersey's Monmouth Park, track officials announced.

Cycling: Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez, 37, will retire at the end of this season, he announced on a rest day for the Tour de France.

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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

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Published: 12/14/17