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Titans tackle says he’s suspended…Panthers ink top pick…Cubs demote Russell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan says the NFL has suspended him for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers. In a video he posted to Twitter, Lewan says he received a letter from the NFL a few weeks ago informing of his suspension. He says he has taken a polygraph test and had the supplements tested but knows he’s responsible under the league’s collective bargaining agreement for what goes into his body.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with defensive end and first-round pick Brian Burns on a four-year contract with an option for a fifth season. Burns is slotted to make approximately $13.5 million on the rookie wage scale. Meanwhile, the New York Jets have reported for training camp without top draft pick Quinnen Williams, who remains unsigned.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have optioned shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa about two months after he completed a suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was sent down to make room for catcher Willson Contreras, who was activated from the 10-day injured list. Russell is hitting .247 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 55 games for the Cubs this season.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – The Calgary Flames and forward Sam Bennett have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5.1 million contract. The 23-year-old Bennett had 13 goals, 14 assists and a team-high 93 penalty minutes 71 games last season. Bennett made his NHL debut during the 2014-15 season and has scored 55 goals and 116 points in 312 games.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky isn’t getting a fresh chance to argue in state court he should get a new trial, seven years after the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of molesting 10 boys. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has turned down the 75-year-old’s request that it review a Superior Court decision earlier this year that rejected most of Sandusky’s arguments.

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