NFL: Lions’ Suh loses appeal
NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him, taking a financial hit for a block below the belt.
Suh’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, told The Associated Press he was notified of the appeal officer’s decision.
The six-figure fine was the largest in NFL history for on-field conduct, not including money lost by players due to suspensions. It surpassed the $87,500 Chicago Bears linebacker Bryan Cox was docked in 1996 for making an obscene gesture to a line judge and screaming obscenities.
Suh was fined for a sixth time in his four-year career on Sept. 10, two days after making an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan. He apologized to Sullivan, and to teammates for negating an interception return for a touchdown in Detroit’s season-opening win. A third-party arbitrator heard Suh’s appeal two-plus weeks ago.
Jets’ Winslow suspended
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Winslow, the team’s leading receiver with 17 catches, is immediately beginning his suspension, meaning he will sit out the Jets’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
He will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Nov. 4, following New York’s game against New Orleans on Nov. 3. The Jets have a bye-week break after they play the Saints, so Winslow’s next opportunity to play would be on Nov. 17 at Buffalo.
Busch wins Nationwide race
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night, giving him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch edged Nationwide series title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte. Busch has a record 62 Nationwide victories.
The win wasn’t quite as easy as his victory at the track in May when he led 186 of the 200 laps. Busch, who started from the pole, only led 36 laps this time after struggling during the first half of the race.
He took the lead from Hornish with eight laps to go and pulled away. Dillon, the points leader, finished second, while Hornish was third. Hornish remains eight points behind Dillon in the standings.
Koepka leads PGA tourney
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.
In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at CordeValle.
Kokrak, a runner-up at this event last year, hit 6-iron to the par-5 ninth to a foot for eagle and a 65.
Koepka, a 23-year-old Floridian, received a sponsor’s exemption into the PGA Tour season opener between stops in Scotland and Shanghai.
He was at 11-under 131. Robert Garrigus (63) and Jim Herman (66) were two shots behind, while Camilo Villegas shot 66 and was another shot behind at 8-under 134.