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Dustin Johnson Serving Suspension After Positive Cocaine Test

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 01 / 14

Golfer  Dustin Johnson  is "serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour after testing positive for cocaine," according to a source. Johnson on Thursday announced that he was taking a leave of absence. Under the Tour's policies, it is not required to announce any disciplinary actions f...

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Orlando City SC Suspends Supporter Groups

Orlando City SC has “banned supporter groups after four fans were arrested and 16 people were ejected” from the incoming MLS club's win over the NASAL Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday, according to Paul Tenorio of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Orlando City COO Brett Lashbrook said that the team has & ...

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Monfort Apologizes To Rockies Fan He Criticized

Rockies Owner Dick Monfort "reached out Wednesday to a frustrated Rockies fan ... who was angered by an e-mail response he had received from Monfort" last week, according to Patrick Saunders of the DENVER POST. Monfort sent the fan, Mike Ferguson, an "apology e-mail and also gave Ferguson his direct ...

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Franchises

Nets Part Ways With Team Mascot BrooklyKnight

The Nets have "decided to part ways" with BrooklyKnight, the "unpopular character" who has served as team mascot for the past two seasons, according to Tim Bontemps of the N.Y. POST. Nets and Barclays Center Exec VP & Chief Communications Officer Barry Baum said, "We put a lot of energy and thou ...

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Franchise Notes

In Atlanta, Doug Roberson reported the city's MLS expansion franchise saw a "noticeable increase in season-ticket pledges" on the day the U.S. was defeated in the World Cup Round of 16 by Belgium. The daily average of 31 pledges before the start of the World Cup "jumped to 143 on July 1," the day th ...

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Sterling Verbally Attacks Wife, NBA

Banned Clippers Owner Donald Sterling yesterday "stunned" a packed L.A. County courtroom by calling his wife, Shelly, a "'pig' after suggesting in earlier testimony that he intends to have his say for a long time to come and pledging to continue his fight with the NBA until his last breath," accordi ...

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Blackhawks Commit $168M To Toews, Kane

The Blackhawks agreed to terms with C Jonathan Toews and RW Patrick Kane yesterday on identical eight-year, $84M contract extensions that carry salary-cap hits of $10.5M per year apiece -- the "highest in league history," according to Chris Kuc of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The combined $168M "dedica ...

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Dodgers Found Partly Liable In Stow Beating Case

The jury in the civil trial of Bryan Stow, the MLB Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium in '11, found that the Dodgers "share responsibility for Stow's injuries along with Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who were convicted earlier this year of the assault," according to a front-page pi ...

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MLB Giants May Ban Culturally Insensitive Attire

The MLB Giants are "considering a policy that could prohibit fans from wearing items such as fake headdresses" to AT&T Park, according to Erik Brady of USA TODAY. The proposed policy, which is "still in the working stages, could potentially say that fans who wear culturally insensitive atti ...

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Raiders Up Cheerleaders' Wages, Working Conditions

The Raiders have "dramatically increased the wages and improved the working conditions" of their cheerleader squad, the Raiderettes, "half a year after being slapped with a wage theft lawsuit by two former cheerleaders," according to Robin Abcarian of the L.A. TIMES. The contract presented by t ...

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NBA Franchise Notes

ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst cited sources as saying that the Nets "will pay a record" $90.57M in luxury taxes for the '13-14 season. Only three other teams "had paid more" than $90M in total taxes since the rule's inception in '01. Overall there "were five luxury tax players." The Knicks ($36.3M); th ...

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