Friday, August 17, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

NFL

League reinstates Gordon, who can't play until Week 5

The NFL reinstated talented but troubled Browns WR Josh Gordon on a conditional basis on Monday. Gordon, 25, has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies and will be suspended for the first four games of 2016, but can participate in meetings, conditioning work and training camp. Gordon, who led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2013, was also suspended for 10 games in 2014.

Ramsey set: Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, drafted fifth overall this year, was cleared to practice when camp opens Thursday. The former Florida State standout tore a meniscus in his right knee this summer.

Retirements: Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, 35, a former Florida State standout and 10-year veteran who hasn't played a regular-season game since 2013, announced his retirement. So did Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt, 30, and Dolphins receiver Greg Jennings, 32.

Redskins: Linebacker Junior Gallette is out for the season with a torn Achilles. The same injury kept him out last season.

Olympics

Russian whistleblower appeals her Rio ban

Russian sprinter and doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is appealing her ban from the Olympics, saying it was based on incorrect information and dubious legal grounds. Stepanova sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee contending she never said she wouldn't compete for the Russian team, as the IOC stated. The IOC would not make any exception for her to compete under a neutral flag.

Swimming: FINA, the sport's governing body, ruled seven Russians ineligible to compete in Rio including three it says were linked to recent allegations of the nation's doping cover-up. Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russians who FINA says were withdrawn by the Russian Swimming Federation because they previously served doping bans.

NHL

Lightning re-signs Gourde for one year

The Lightning re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a one-year, two-way deal. Gourde, 24, was a restricted free agent. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay last season, appearing in two games. Tampa Bay has three restricted free agents: Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Flyers: Forward Brayden Schenn, signed a four-year, $20.5 million deal.

Soccer

Rowdies' ref criticism goes straight to top

Tampa Bay Rowdies CEO and chairman Bill Edwards posted a statement on the team's website critical of NASL officiating two days after Tampa Bay's controversial 2-2 tie against New York. Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell and an assistant were ejected from the game.

Et cetera

NBA: Guard CJ McCollum agreed to a four-year, $106 million extension with the Trail Blazers, Yahoo Sports reported. … The Heat signed Thunder free agent guard Dion Waiters for one-year $2.9 million.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer; Times wires

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Preseason football: Berkeley Prep passing game on point in weather-shortened win

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep did some strange things on offense Thursday night.Instead of wheeling around to hand off, quarterback Josh Youngblood was firing the ball down the field.The Bucs becoming more of passing team?Believe it.By shucking its run...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

NEW YORK — Here's Marc Topkin's takeaways from the Rays' 3-1 victory over the Yankees Thursday:1. Give mild-mannered 29-year-old rookie Adam Kolarek credit for handling the pressure of a bases loaded no-outs in the ninth situation and clos...
Updated: 6 hours ago
The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

NEW YORK — After the Rays exhaled following Thursday's tense-as-they come 3-1 win, they were able to appreciate the significance of what they'd done.For now.And, more importantly, for the future.Really, it shouldn't be that hard. They make thre...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

NEW YORK — There was a lot that went into the Rays hanging on to their 3-1, series-clinching win over the Yankees Thursday.Including the conversation  reliever Adam Kolarek had with himself jogging in from the bullpen with the bases loaded...
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Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

SPRING HILL — Preseason games are usually a good gauge of where teams stand entering the season. But even after Springstead's 55-0 win over Hudson on Thursday night, Eagles coach Mike Garofano was cautiously optimistic.He thought dept...
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Catching up with the guy who’s been on both sides of Winston-Mariota

Catching up with the guy who’s been on both sides of Winston-Mariota

NASHVILLE — Jon Robinson knew being the general manager of the Titans meant almost every decision would pass by his desk."I got into this for football,'' Robinson said. "And now I'm trying to buy vacuum cleaners.''The Titans' kicker is Ryan Suc...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Friday, August 17

TODAYAutosXfinity: Food City 300 qualifying3:30 p.m.NBCSNXfinity: Food City 3007:30 p.m.NBCSNBaseballMets at Phillies6 p.m.MLBRays at Red Sox7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Nationals7 p.m.FSFAstros at A’s10 p.m.MLBBaseball, Little League World Series...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucs sign former Panthers DT Drew Iddings, waived Stevie Tu’ikolovatu injured

Bucs sign former Panthers DT Drew Iddings, waived Stevie Tu’ikolovatu injured

One Bucs player will be departing Nashville before the team does.Defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, a seventh-round pick from Southern Cal in 2017, was waived injured Thursday. Tu'ikolovatu suffered what is believed to be a triceps injury.The Bucs...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays hang on for 3-1 victory, win first series at Yankee Stadium since 2014

Rays hang on for 3-1 victory, win first series at Yankee Stadium since 2014

NEW YORK – Once they got done exhaling, the Rays had reason to celebrate Thursday.In hanging on for a 3-1 win and taking two of the three games, they won their first series at Yankee Stadium since the middle of the 2014 season.Twelve times sinc...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Titans cornerback flips after two interceptions against Bucs

Titans cornerback flips after two interceptions against Bucs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee cornerback Adoree Jackson was flipping for joy after a couple of interceptions defending Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 18th pick overall in 2017 by the Titans, Jackson celebrated...
Updated: 11 hours ago