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Tony Stewart Returning To NASCAR At Atlanta

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BananaStock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Tony Stewart will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in this Sunday’s race at Atlanta. He had missed the last three races after his car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. at an August 9 sprint car race in upstate New York.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.

“Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

Stewart is a three-time Sprint Cup champion, having won 48 races in 542 career starts.

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USC RB Anthony Brown Quits, Calls Sarkisian a Racist

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — USC running back Anthony Brown announced on Thursday that he is qutting the team after calling head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.

 “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton,” Brown posted on Instagram. He posted a similar message on Facebook.

Brown took down the posts shortly thereafter.

The senior running back had been sidelined most of training camp with an elbow injury. He had six starts and 43 tackles during his USC career.

“As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous,” Sarkisian said. “Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players — feel free to — that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”

Sarkisian has no history of being a racist and called Brown’s announcement surprising.

“Anthony decided not to play football anymore,” Sarkisian said. “We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy. We really tried to make it a point to accommodate the position change he wanted. He wanted to move to running back and we did so.

“He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn’t want to play anymore. It’s a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us.”

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NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Any player that commits a domestic violence crime will be handed a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense, the NFL announced on Thursday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension to Ravens running back Ray Rice correct, which led to the news.

“At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” Goodell wrote in a letter. “We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence….My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.”

Rice was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after being arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Goodell and the NFL received much criticism for not coming down harder on a domestic violence case.

“Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will,” Goodell continued.

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Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension

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National Football League(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After a breakout season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have rewarded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey with a four-year extension.

ESPN reports Casey’s deal will pay him $36 million over those four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed.

“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.”

Even though the team has moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, the team has assured Casey he will still be able to play like he’s used to at the pro level.

Casey is entering his fourth season with the Titans after the team selected him in the third round back in 2011. After accumulating 5.5 sacks his first two seasons, Casey exploded for 10.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 55 total tackles.

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ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa

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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(BILBAO, SPAIN) — In an effort to load up on depth at the guard position, ESPN reports that the Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms on a contract with Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa’s deal with the Warriors will be for the league minimum.

Even though he’ll start out as the third guard on the depth chart behind Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, he still provides good value for his salary and place on the roster.

At this point in his career, the Warriors will likely use Barbosa as a 15-20 minute per game player, who can help take the pressure off of Curry at the point guard position.

Now 31 years old, Barbosa will enter his 12th season in the NBA. In 20 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes per game.

The Warriors are entering their first season under head coach Steve Kerr after they fired Mark Jackson after three seasons.

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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.

“This is going to be the best offense I’ve played in. This is the offense I’ve been waiting for,” Peterson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’ve got the pieces to facilitate moving the ball around. When Brett Favre was here, listen, when I saw those deep balls going up and guys making big plays, I was like, ‘Yeah!’ That makes your team very scary.”

During the offseason, the team hired Norv Turner to run their offense. Turner is one of the more proven coordinators in the game right now and will give the team a boost on game days.

As far as personnel goes, the team drafted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, emerging playmakers Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph, as well as veteran Greg Jennings.

The 29-year-old Peterson has rushed for 10,115 yards in just seven seasons in the NFL.

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DT Tommy Kelly Signs with Cardinals

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Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It didn’t take long for defensive lineman Tommy Kelly to find a new team.

Three days after being cut by the New England Patriots, Kelly signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

The move comes on the heels of the Cardinals losing Pro Bowl defensive lineman Darnell Dockett for the season.
The 33-year-old Kelly played five games with the Patriots in 2013 before enduring a season-ending ACL injury. Before the injury, Kelly had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Throughout his 10 NFL seasons, Kelly has compiled 441 tackles, 37 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles.

To make room for Kelly on the 75-man roster, the Cardinals released defensive lineman Ryan McBean.

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Frank Beamer Receives 2-Year Contract Extension with VT

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Geoff Burke/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Virginia Tech extended head football coach Frank Beamer’s contract through January 1, 2019 on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said. “Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible. This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team. We look forward to a successful 2014 season and beyond.”

During Beamer’s 27 seasons in Blacksburg, he has 266 wins — the most of any active coach in the FBS. Beamer has also led the Hokies to 21 consecutive bowl appearances, six BCS appearancs, four ACC titles, three Big East titles, and a trip to the national championship game.

“As I’ve stated numerous times, the only job I desire is right here at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said in a statement. “My passion and commitment have been further energized with the arrivals of President [Tim] Sands and Whit Babcock and the leadership and vision they provide. I am appreciative of the confidence they continue to show in me and our football program. I can honestly tell you that our program currently stands atop a rock-solid foundation. This coaching staff is the best I’ve ever had. We’ve had an influx of talented, young student-athletes into our program and we’re hard at work recruiting more just like them.”

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Newton Declares He Will Play Week 1

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton declared Wednesday he will be ready to start week one of the NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton fractured his ribs during last Friday’s 30-7 preseason loss to New England. Despite the injury, Newton says it will not hinder his preparation for the season.

“No setback at all,” Newton said. “I’m excited about the opportunity, and each day brings more confidence that I am close to 100 percent.”
The 25-year-old, who has not missed a regular season start with the Panthers since being drafted in 2011, will travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Carolina’s final preseason game against the Steelers — but will not play.

Last season, Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record, throwing for 3,379 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, while also rushing for six touchdowns.

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