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.
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 Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russians who FINA says were withdrawn by the Russian Swimming Federation because they previously served doping bans.
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.
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.
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