Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Vikings' Brothers, Former MU Player, Is Suspended

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Vikings' Brothers, Former MU Player, Is Suspended

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Former MU linebacker Brothers is suspended

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

The league announced the punishment Friday for Brothers, who will remain eligible for practices and games in the offseason and preseason before having to sit out. He can rejoin the active roster on Sept. 28, the day after Minnesota's fourth game. He can play on Oct. 7 when the Vikings take on Philadelphia.

Brothers was a fifth-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2016 out of Missouri. He has played only sparingly on defense. But he was second on the team in 2017 with 16 special teams tackles. (AP)

Other NFL news - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore has offered New Orleans restricted free agent receiver Willie Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints have five days to match the offer. ... Dallas tight end James Hanna is retiring because of a knee injury that has hampered him the past two seasons. ... Former Green Bay running back Ahman Green avoided jail time under a plea agreement in which a felony child-abuse charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. (AP)

Nadal makes semifinals - Top-ranked Rafael Nadal continued his bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title as the Spaniard won nine straight games while beating fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semifinals on Friday in Monaco.

Nadal will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who beat No. 6 David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 (5) .

Kei Nishikori needed four match points to beat second-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3. Nishikori plays No. 3 Alexander Zverev, who beat Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. (AP)

Three more declare for NBA draft - Kansas center Udoka Azubuike was among players declaring for the NBA draft Friday, but he is not hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Jayhawks for his junior season.

The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike missed most of his freshman season with a wrist injury, but was often dominant in helping the Jayhawks to the Final Four this past year. …

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