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Po­lice sus­pend El­liott probe

Dal­las po­lice have sus­pended an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an in­ci­dent at a bar in­volv­ing Ezekiel El­liott, the lat­est off-field is­sue for the Dal­las Cow­boys’ star run­ning back. Po­lice said Wednes­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sus­pended “due to the lack of a com­plaint,” and that no other wit­nesses had come for­ward. The state­ment said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had made sev­eral un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts to reach the 30-year-old man who was punched in the nose Sun­day night. Dal­las Coach Ja­son Gar­rett said Wednes­day that he hadn’t spo­ken to El­liott about the in­ci­dent but planned to when play­ers re­port to the prac­tice fa­cil­ity Fri­day, a day be­fore the team flies to Cal­i­for­nia for train­ing camp. El­liott wasn’t named in the orig­i­nal po­lice re­port.

Hardy’s death ruled a sui­cide

The death of former NFL wide re­ceiver James Hardy has been ruled a sui­cide by In­di­ana of­fi­cials. The Allen County coroner’s of­fice said Wednes­day that the 31-yearold Hardy died of “as­phyxia due to drown­ing.” Michael Bur­ris, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the coroner’s of­fice, said the de­ter­mi­na­tion of sui­cide was based on Hardy’s med­i­cal and psy­chi­atric his­tory, his con­tacts with law en­force­ment and other ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing some found on his body. Hardy’s body was found June 7 at a dam along the Maumee River in his home­town of Fort Wayne. Rel­a­tives had re­ported the former Buf­falo Bills and Bal­ti­more Ravens player miss­ing a few weeks ear­lier.

Re­ceiver sus­pended a game

The NFL has sus­pended Green Bay Pack­ers re­ceiver Geron­imo Al­li­son with­out pay for the sea­son opener Sept. 10 against Seat­tle for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy. The league said in a state­ment Wednes­day that Al­li­son would be el­i­gi­ble for all pre­sea­son prac­tices and games. He would be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn from his Week 1 sus­pen­sion Sept. 11. The Pack­ers de­clined com­ment, cit­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity. Al­li­son was charged

with mis­de­meanor mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion in Septem­ber stem­ming from a traf­fic stop in Man­i­towoc County. He reached a plea deal with pros­e­cu­tors in April, pay­ing $330 to set­tle the charge af­ter it was amended to a lo­cal vi­o­la­tion.

Bears sign QB Tru­bisky

The Chicago Bears on Wednes­day signed quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky, their first-round draft pick and the No. 2 over­all se­lec­tion in April. Tru­bisky re­ceived a four-year con­tract worth un­der $30 mil­lion, with ap­prox­i­mately $19 mil­lion to sign. While Tru­bisky is con­sid­ered the fran­chise’s quar­ter­back of the fu­ture, he’s not ex­pected to start this sea­son. Vet­eran Mike Glen­non was signed in the off­sea­son to take over for the de­parted Jay Cut­ler, giv­ing the Bears time to de­velop Tru­bisky.

BAS­KET­BALL Griz­zlies sign Chalmers

The Mem­phis Griz­zlies have signed guard Mario Chalmers,

nearly 1 1/2 years af­ter he rup­tured his right Achilles ten­don play­ing for the team. The Griz­zlies an­nounced the deal Wednes­day. Terms of the con­tract weren’t dis­closed. Chalmers, 31, was in­jured in March 2016. Dur­ing the 20152016 sea­son, Chalmers played 61 games for the Griz­zlies and Mi­ami Heat, av­er­ag­ing 10.3 points, 3.8 as­sists and 2.6 re­bounds per game. Chalmers played for Mi­ami from 2008-2015 and was part of the Heat’s 2012 and 2013 NBA cham­pi­onship teams.

Suns make moves

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has ex­tended the con­tract of Gen­eral Man­ager Ryan McDonough through the 2019-2020 sea­son and hired long­time NBA player James Jones as vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions. Sarver said Jones will re­port di­rectly to McDonough in the new po­si­tion. McDonough is en­ter­ing his fifth sea­son as gen­eral man­ager and is the ar­chi­tect of an ex­ceed­ingly young ros­ter built with draft picks. Jones played the past 14 sea­sons in the NBA — two with the Suns — and was part of three cham­pi­onship teams — two in Mi­ami and one in Cleve­land.


F1 to use ‘halo’ sys­tem

Mo­tor sports gov­ern­ing body said the “halo” cock­pit pro­tec­tion sys­tem will be used on For­mula One cars from next year on­ward. The FIA has been look­ing at ways to im­prove cock­pit pro­tec­tion and limit the risk of head in­juries, af­ter French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and Bri­tish IndyCar driver Justin Wil­son died a month later. The “halo” de­sign forms a semi-cir­cu­lar bar­rier around the driver’s head, pro­tect­ing against fly­ing de­bris with­out com­pletely clos­ing the cock­pit. When first tested ahead of the 2016 sea­son, drivers were di­vided as to whether they liked it with some crit­i­ciz­ing it on aes­thetic grounds. Other safety de­vices were there­fore con­sid­ered. A trans­par­ent open canopy sys­tem con­structed us­ing poly­car­bon­ate, known as the “shield,” was tested by four-time F1 cham­pion Se­bas­tian Vet­tel dur­ing last week­end’s Bri­tish Grand Prix in Sil­ver­stone. But Vet­tel, who has pre­vi­ously spo­ken in fa­vor of the Halo, was crit­i­cal and said it made him feel dizzy. In a state­ment Wednes­day, the FIA said the halo “presents the best over­all safety per­for­mance.

TEN­NIS Karlovic moves to quar­ters

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ivo Karlovic of Croa­tia beat Amer­i­can De­nis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 on Wednes­day in his Hall of Fame Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships opener in New­port, R.I., to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals in the grass­court event. Karlovic, 38, had 16 aces and broke Kudla’s serve three times. Karlovic will face Ger­many’s Pe­ter Go­jowczyk, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win­ner over Rus­sia’s Kon­stantin Kravchuk. Top-seeded John Is­ner, the big-serv­ing Amer­i­can who won New­port ti­tles in 2011 and 2012, used 13 aces to beat Aus­tralia’s Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. Is­ner will play fel­low Amer­i­can Den­nis Novikov, a 6-3, 6-2 win­ner over Canada’s Frank Dance­vic. Amer­i­can Bjorn Fratan­gelo also ad­vanced, beat­ing Aus­tralia’s Akira San­til­lan 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.


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