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August 27, 2012

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By the Patriots to a three-year free-agent contract, Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps. The former Florida running back, who ran for more than 500 yards in each of his four seasons, was part of the U.S. 4 × 100-meter relay team in London. Demps (above) is the latest in a line of Olympic sprinters who have tried their hand at pro football, ranging from 1968 100-meter gold medalist Jim Hines, who had such bad hands in his brief career as a receiver that he was nicknamed Oops, to 1964 100-meter champ Bob Hayes, who had a Hall of Fame career as a wideout, primarily with the Cowboys.


For 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera—who then reportedly engaged in cyberchicanery in an attempt to provide an alibi. Cabrera, who is having the best season of his seven-year career, was the All-Star Game MVP and is currently second in the National League in batting average. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Cabrera claimed he inadvertently took a banned substance. An associate then purchased a website and altered it to appear as if it sold the substance—which never actually existed. The ruse was quickly uncovered by MLB and federal investigators. As of Monday, there was no word if Cabrera's ploy would lead to further punishment.


Outside the courthouse after the conclusion of the Moscow trial of feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. Three members of the band were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism after they staged an anti-Kremlin music video in a church. Kasparov, 49, was one of dozens taken into custody after the verdict was read. Kasparov—an active member of the opposition pro-democracy party in Russia—said he was beaten and dragged into a police van, then held for five hours. He said he has been accused of biting one of the officers, which he denies. Police have not commented.


A drug rehab program a week after being dismissed from the LSU football team, junior cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, 20. A Heisman finalist and winner of the Bednarik Award as the national defensive player of the year as a sophomore in 2011, Mathieu was kicked off the team after he reportedly failed a third drug test. He would have to sit out a year if he transfers to another FBS school but would be immediately eligible in the FCS or a lower division. LSU said approximately 20 schools had inquired about speaking with Mathieu (below), nicknamed Honey Badger. Mathieu's father has said that his son will not return to football until he finishes rehab. LSU coach Les Miles has not ruled out a return to the Tigers for Mathieu in 2013.


By Phoenix Mercury forward Nakia Sanford, the nose of Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton. In a video he sent to team officials campaigning for the chance to practice with the team, the 42-year-old Stanton, who played in high school, said, "I'm taking this really seriously. I know if I'm going to be guarding Nakia Sanford ... I've got to buff up." Stanton was invited to practice last week; when he went up for a rebound he came down on Sanford's elbow. "Injuries are just part of the game; they're battle wounds," Stanton (right) said in a statement. Stanton attended the Mercury--San Antonio Stars game on Sunday as a spectator, and members of the Arizona Rattlers Arena Football League team presented him with a helmet.

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