Sports shorts: Jags WR Blackmon suspended by NFL for substance abuse

2013-05-01T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Jags WR Blackmon suspended by NFL for substance abuseStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The NFL suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon on Tuesday for the first four games of the 2013 season for his second violation in less than a year of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He will not get paid for the four-week hiatus. Maybe more importantly, the suspension triggers language in his contract that voids future guarantees. Jacksonville could cut him without having to pay about $10 million that remains on a four-year, $18.5 million contract.

"Justin realizes he's at a crossroad, not only in his career but in his life," general manager Dave Caldwell said.

• Tim Tebow cleared waivers after being let go by the New York Jets, making the quarterback a free agent who can sign with any NFL team. ... New Jets QB Geno Smith, who fell to the draft's second round, fired his agents.

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Pac-12 honors UA high jumper Rivera-Morales

Arizona senior Edgar Rivera-Morales was named Pac-12 track and field athlete of the week for the second time this year after his high jump of 7 feet 5 3/4 inches Saturday at Tempe's UA-ASU-NAU double dual set a meet record and tied the No. 2 jump in UA history.

• UA's Juan Pablo Hernandez shot a 2-over-par 72 Tuesday to help the Wildcats move up one spot to 10th after the third round of the Pac-12 men's golf tournament in Los Angeles. Hernandez (215) is tied for 12th, 13 strokes behind leader Max Homa of team leader Cal.

• The UA women's golf team will be seeded second behind USC at the 24-team NCAA West Regional tournament May 9-11 at Stanford Golf Course.

• Pima College pitcher Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) earned ACCAC player of the week honors after going 4-0 on the mound and 10 for 13 at the plate with four homers.

• Pima's Kami Humphrey (Canyon del Oro) and Becca Harris (Salpointe) placed third and fourth in the women's heptathlon at the Region I championships in Mesa. The Aztecs' Jarell Betton was third in the men's decathlon.

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PGA Tour drops doping probe against Singh

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The PGA Tour dropped a doping case against Vijay Singh on Tuesday based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.

• Duke says the NCAA did not find any wrongdoing after looking into a 2009 jewelry purchase of nearly $100,000 by former basketball player Lance Thomas three months before Duke won its fourth NCAA title.

• American University hired former Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan as its men's basketball coach..

• The parents of Tennessee State football player Wayne Jones III, 19, who died after collapsing at practice last fall, are suing the school for $5 million for wrongful death.

• In soccer, Borussia Dortmund advanced to the Champions League final for the first time since 1997, withstanding a late rally by Real Madrid to win the semifinal on 4-3 aggregate following a 2-0 loss Tuesday night.

• Spain's Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the heart of cycling's Operation Puerto doping scandal in 2006, was convicted Tuesday of endangering public health and given a one-year suspended jail sentence. But the judge also said more than 100 blood bags seized seven years ago when police raided Fuentes' clinics in Madrid should be destroyed - key evidence that could implicate more athletes.

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