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Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 11:25 p.m. CDT

NFL

Chiefs lineman suspended 4 games

Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Stephenson remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami, and New England, and be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 30.

The substance was not disclosed. Stephenson said in a statement issued through the NFL Players’ Association that he took a medication that requires a therapeutic-use exemption and failed to properly investigate it.

Steeler RBs admit to buying marijuana

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount told police they “pitched in” to buy a bag of marijuana with a female friend shortly before they were pulled over – and Bell acknowledged smoking some, though he told the officer who pulled them over he felt OK to drive, police said in court papers.

Bell, 22, and Blount, 27, along with 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, were charged and with possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence.

Police said they seized about 20 grams – or three-fourths of an ounce – of marijuana in a plastic bag found in the car’s console.

Newspaper won’t use term “Redskin”

The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans.

A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post’s Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team’s moniker.

“While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency, we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect,” the board said in a statement.

The editorial board controls only the paper’s opinion pages, and is separate from the Post’s news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper’s executive editor, said.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Teens struck by lightning improving

One of three eighth-grade football players hit by lightning during practice in a southern New Mexico town is out of the hospital.

Demetrius Aguilera, 13, was released Thursday afternoon from a children’s hospital in Texas.

El Paso Children’s Hospital said Friday that the most badly injured of the three teens, 13-year-old Hunter Keffer, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

Another teen was in good condition Thursday, but updated information couldn’t be released because he hasn’t been identified.

An injured coach was released from a hospital after treatment.

The lightning struck near the school’s practice field Tuesday afternoon.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OSU’s Miller to have surgery Tuesday

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Pensacola, Fla. The injury is a partial tear.

Recovery time is estimated between nine and 12 months. That would mean Miller would miss all of spring practice next year. Miller has indicated that he will forgo the NFL Draft and return as a fifth-year senior nest season.

Miller had surgery in February for a partial labrum tear suffered in an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. He was being eased back into action after sitting out spring practice, but on Monday he reinjured the shoulder while making a routine 7-yard pass.

COLLEGE SOCCER

New Mexico coach suspended

New Mexico women’s soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay, and most of the team is suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal he expects Vela’s suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo will receive letters of reprimand.

School officials say last Sunday’s hazing involved seven true freshmen, and two were taken to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption. Twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Monday, and withdrew from school.

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