PRO FOOTBALLThe NFL has said the four linebackers being investigated for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs will be suspended, if they dont agree to be interviewed by the league in the next 10 days. NFL Wholesale Jerseys .NFL senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch sent a letter to the NFL Players Association detailing the plan to suspend James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Green Bay Packers and free agent Mike Neal if they dont speak with the league by Aug. 25. Their punishment would then start the following day.Birchs memo to the union was obtained by The Associated Press, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.OLYMPICSRIO DE JANEIRO -- The runner who blew the whistle on the doping scandal in Russia fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a database that records her whereabouts.Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly, were the informers who detailed a state-run doping system in Russia that led to the ouster of the countrys athletes from the Olympic track meet.Recently, their email was hacked and the password stolen for Stepanovas account on a database controlled by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Like hundreds of athletes, Stepanova accesses the WADA system to enter her whereabouts, so doping-control officers can find her if shes selected for out-of-competition testing. The database contains personal contact information, such as phone numbers and addresses.Stepanova was part of the Russian doping system for years, but after being cast aside by the countrys track team, she and her husband, a former worker for the Russian anti-doping agency, approached WADA with their information.They moved to the United States, fearing a stay in Russia could lead to harm.RIO DE JANEIRO -- An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponents hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics.The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a severe reprimand for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away and shook his head, injecting Middle Eastern politics into the Rio Olympics. The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged to him to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.Judo opponents typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match as a sign of respect.RIO DE JANEIRO -- A brush fire caused light ash to fall on the playing surface of the Olympic field hockey venue, and officials are monitoring the nearby mountain bike competition site for problems there.The womens field hockey quarterfinal between Britain and Spain started on time and was not affected as the wind quickly blew away any ash that might have made it on the surface.The fire started in the afternoon when temperatures at Deodoro Olympic Park reached 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius), and a 26 mph wind picked up. The fire occurred near X-Park, the venue for canoe slalom, BMX and mountain bike. The scorching temperatures later gave way to torrential rain in Rio that caused a delay at the track and field venue.High winds rattled and shook the media workroom tent on the site and blew smoke and ash into the area. Germany and the United States had finished playing about an hour before the problem became noticeable.TENNISCINCINNATI -- Top-seeded Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open with a shoulder injury, the tournament announced.Williams, the tournaments two-time defending champion, withdrew after a morning practice session, according to tournament officials.She accepted a wild-card berth in the tournament last week after being upset in the third round of the Rio Olympics.The withdrawal gives second-seeded Angelique Kerber an opportunity to earn the WTA No. 1 ranking if she were to win the W&S title.Williams has been ranked No. 1 for 183 consecutive weeks and 306 overall.Japans Misaki Doi replaces Williams in the draw, receiving Williams first-round bye.BASEBALLNEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez says he wont play again this season.The three-time AL MVP was released Saturday by the New York Yankees, who owed him about $27 million for the rest of his contract, which runs through 2017.Any team could sign A-Rod for a prorated share of the major league minimum of $507,500, and Rodriguezs hometown Miami Marlins said Sunday they were discussing whether to reach out to the 41-year-old.Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz says in a statement Monday: I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season.Berkowitz adds: Its not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends.HORSE RACINGHENDERSON, Ky. -- Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel says he will end his retirement after just four months and return to racing on Aug. 27 at Ellis Park.The track confirmed Borels return on its website. He had abruptly announced his retirement on March 30, but said in a release that when you love something, its hard to break away and added that it was all he knew how to do.Borel, 49, won the Kentucky Derby three times from 2007 to 2010 and rode Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra to victory in the 2009 Preakness en route to Horse of the Year honors. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2013.Borels 5,146 victories rank 27th all time.PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Donald Trump testified that he transformed a Florida golf club as the trial in a $6 million federal lawsuit brought by disaffected members opened.The Palm Beach Post reported that in a videotaped deposition, the Republican presidential candidate said most members of the renamed Trump National Golf Club are happy with the changes made since he bought it for $5 million from Ritz-Carlton in 2012. The deposition was recorded in April 2015.But some members wanted to resign and Trump wouldnt return their $35,000 to $210,000 initiation fees as Ritz-Carlton had promised until new members joined. Meanwhile, they were barred from the club but still charged $6,000 annual dues and $1,800 for food and drink.The judge-only trial is expected to conclude Wednesday. 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. PAUL, Minn. College football has nine undefeated teams, and seven of them play away from home Saturday, so odds are there wont be nine undefeated teams Sunday.No. 4 Washington?and No. 7 Nebraska?play their toughest opponents yet. No. 3 Clemson?plays at No. 12 Florida State, where the Tigers havent won in a decade.We havent had a crazy weekend yet, the kind of Saturday where one upset trumps another from early games to late. Why not this one? Time for crazy.1. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson may be more passer than runner these days, but his competitive fire remains his best asset. Coach Dabo Swinney reminded everyone that after Watson threw the first pick-six of his life against NC State, he completed his next 14 throws (actually, it was 12 of his next 14 throws). Then Swinney noted the third-quarter play when Clemson wideout Mike Williams fumbled at the Wolfpack 4-yard line and NC States?Shawn Boone returned it 70 yards. Tight end Jordan Leggett made the tackle because Watson threw himself into two blockers. Deshaun has all of that other stuff, Swinney said, but that right there, you cant coach that. That comes from the inside.2. Its a long way from Clemson to South Carolina?these days, and a long way from 1-7 UMass, against whom 18-year-old Gamecocks freshman quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns last week in his debut, to No. 18 Tennessee?coming off a bye week. While Bentley is the third quarterback the Gamecocks have started this season, he energized an offense that averaged only 14 points per game in its first six games. What made coach Will Muschamp feel good about Bentley was not what he did Saturday. It was Monday. I asked him today on the field, How much film did you get in yesterday, Muschamp said Tuesday, and he said, About two-and-a-half hours. Thats what you want your quarterback to do.3. When Penn State?blocked the kick that rocked Ohio States?world, the Nittany Lions scored their first special-teams touchdown in four years. The Nittany Lions had been the only Power 5 team not to score a touchdown in the kicking game in that time. I drew a direct connection from that failure to the Penn State roster depleted by NCAA-mandated scholarship reductions -- lack of depth, etc. But USC, which had similar reductions from 2012-14, scored 10 special-teams touchdowns -- five punt returns, three kickoff returns and two blocked kick returns -- in those three seasons. Either Penn State didnt get it done, USC did, or both.4. Nuggets unearthed while combing through USA Todays annual survey of head-coaching salaries?released Wednesday: The SEC and the Big Ten each have five of the top 14 highest-paid coaches. But the SEC has the next four. The first Pacc-12 coach on the list, David Shaw of Stanford, is 19th ($4.dddddddddddd06 million annually). The top Mountain West coach, Tim DeRuyter of Fresno State?($1.51 million) was fired Sunday. The lowest-paid coach ranked in the top 10 listed in the database -- salary information for Baylor is not available -- is Mike Riley of No. 7 Nebraska (42nd at $2.8 million). Three of the top-10 salaries are paid to African-Americans -- Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin and James Franklin -- a reminder of the progress already made.5. Speaking of Strong, nowhere is the disparity among the Big 12 membership more starkly illustrated than in head coaches salaries. Bob Stoops of Oklahoma?($5.55 million) and Strong of Texas?($5.2 million) have the fourth- and sixth-biggest paychecks in the game, respectively. The next-highest Big 12 salary, Gary Patterson of TCU, is 20th ($4.01 million). The lowest-paid head coach among the Power 5 conferences, and the only one who isnt paid a seven-figure salary, is David Beaty of Kansas, 1-18 in his attempt to resurrect the Jayhawks. Beaty makes $801,169 per year. The next-lowest paid Power 5 head coach, first-year man Tracy Claeys of Minnesota, makes $1.4 million.6. How about the tumultuous turnover at the top in the Pac-12? The league says that when Stanford dropped out of the AP poll two weeks ago, it was the first time since 1999 that neither Stanford, USC nor Oregon?was?ranked. Its not merely that the Cardinal and the Ducks, the only teams to win the North in the five-year history of the Pac-12, are fourth and sixth, respectively, in the division; its that the only two South teams that have yet to appear in the championship game, Utah?and Colorado, are tied for first in their division. They play on Thanksgiving Saturday; No. 4 Washington and Washington State, both undefeated and atop the North, play the Apple Cup the day before. This could be fun.7. Speaking of the Ducks, if Oregon loses at home Saturday to Arizona State, the Ducks losing streak would reach six games for the first time since they lost the last six games of the 1991 season (and the first two of 1992). Coach Mark Helfrich has begun to look to the future by giving the offense to freshman Justin Herbert. Hes the first Oregon native to start at quarterback since Kellen Clemens in 2005. Thats a reminder that Oregon must find its players outside the state. The Oregonian earlier this year named the top 20 prep quarterbacks in Oregon since the 80s. The only one of recent vintage, Brett Smith, started at Wyoming while the Ducks played Darron Thomas and Marcus Mariota. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '