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SportShorts for Monday, Sept. 22, 2013

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 11:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 11:46 p.m. CDT

NFL

Miller, collector tried to cheat system

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tried to cheat the NFL’s drug-testing program with the help of the person assigned to collect his urine sample.

Miller, who was second in the league with 18˝ sacks last season, had been suspended for the first six games.

According to an ESPN report, Miller’s representatives and the players union were prepared to fight his initial four-game suspension, but backed off when they became aware Miller and the collector worked together to help the player avoid a failed choice.

Sayers orders lawsuit be withdrawn

Gale Sayers told the Chicago Tribune on Saturday that he did not consent to a lawsuit filed under his name Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago that alleges the NFL was negligent in handling his repeated head injuries.

And early Saturday evening, his wife, Ardie Sayers, said that attorney John F. Winters called them to say the suit will be dropped and that the situation was “a big misunderstanding.”

Winters responded Saturday night by telling the Tribune that Sayers contacted him Tuesday to request the lawsuit filing, then decided Saturday to have it voluntarily withdrawn.

Sayers, the Hall of Fame Bears running back, said he spoke with the attorney this past week at the behest of former Bears safety Shaun Gayle, but he did not agree to sue the NFL.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NIU gets votes in AP poll

After surviving Eastern Illinois 43-39 on Saturday in DeKalb, Northern Illinois received nine votes in the Associated Press top 25 poll.

Four Big Ten teams cracked the top 25, including Northwestern moving up a spot to No. 17 after beating Maine 35-21.

Gators’ Driskel out for season

Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp says Jeff Driskel is out for the season due to a broken fibula in his right leg he suffered against Tennessee, and Tyler Murphy is the Gators’ new starting quarterback.

Cincinnati freshman dies in car crash

Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in an auto accident on Saturday night in Oxford, Ohio.

Two other Cincinnati players, Mark Barr and Javon Harrison, were injured in the one-vehicle crash that occurred after the Bearcats’ 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio.

WNBA

Sky eliminated from playoffs

It took the Sky franchise 8 years to experience the WNBA playoffs for the first time.

It took less than 48 hours for the experience to end.

After winning the Eastern Conference in the regular season, the Sky lost to the defending champion Fever in the best-of-three conference semifinals. Their 79-57 loss Sunday afternoon followed an 85-72 defeat Friday night in Rosemont.

 

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