National Sports Briefs: Lynch expects to be suspended by Goodell
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ó Bills running back Marshawn Lynch expects to be suspended by the NFL for his latest run-in with the law and added he’s gotten the message that the league “won’t tolerate any more screw-ups” from him.
Delivering a message of humility and repentance ó and minus the flashy gold grill he usually wears across his teeth ó Lynch vowed Wednesday that he’s ready to change his ways and prepared to accept the consequences for his actions.
“It has kind of sunk in, and I felt that this was the next step to letting you guys know that there will be a change,” Lynch said. “I never had the intention of getting into trouble or anything like that. But along the way my road got rocky, and now you know it’s time to set my pavement straight.”
– TEMPE, Ariz. ó Defensive end Bertrand Berry has agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. ó Correll Buckhalter denies he was involved with an alleged drug dealer who is on trial in Pennsylvania, according to his agent. A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor said Wednesday that an alleged drug dealer told police he sold drugs to athletes including Buckhalter, a running back who signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos last month.
CONCORD ó NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne said Wednesday he expects to continue his partnership with Anheuser-Busch even though the beer distributor is ending its sponsorship with the NHRA.
– CONCORD ó Goodyear will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for at least two more tire tests before NASCAR races at the track in July.
Tire troubles turned last year’s race at Indianapolis into a debacle, and NASCAR had to throw a caution every 10 to 12 laps to force teams to pit for fresh tires rather than risking an on-track failure.
Goodyear has already had two tests at Indianapolis, and will return with four teams in late April for additional work. Goodyear will then invite at least 12 teams to the track in June for another test session. The Allstate 400 is scheduled for July 26.
PARIS ó Lance Armstrong has undergone hundreds of urine and blood tests throughout his cycling career. This time, he was in for a surprise ó a hair sample test.
Armstrong and French anti-doping agency AFLD said Wednesday that he was approached for a hair sample in an unannounced test Tuesday in Beaulieu-sur-Mer in southern France, where he is training as part of his comeback for a shot at an eighth Tour de France title.
Armstrong said it was the 24th anti-doping test he’s faced since he announced his return in September, and the first time he’s ever been asked to provide a sample of hair.