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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) stretches prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Denver. The Broncos will be without Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Normally, the league announces such violations on Monday. News of Welker's ban didn't come down until late Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role.

Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

Denver's Wes Welker has reportedly been suspended 4 games for use of amphetamines

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay enters Hamilton County court in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March.

Indy tries to stay course in Irsay’s absence

Colts owner Jim Irsay suspended six games for DUI

NFL logo on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

NFL says concussions dropped in 2013

A new study released by the NFL's Health and Safety committee shows a 13% decrease in concussions

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Cowboys sign DE Michael Sam to practice squad

Michael Sam hopes to become the first openly gay athlete to play in a regular season game in the NFL.

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Charlie Powell, among first black NFL players, dead at 82

Charlie Powell was a star football player and a boxer who took on Muhammad Ali.

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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Here is a look at the big sports stories making headlines today, Wednesday, Sept. 3.

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Broncos’ Welker gets 4-game doping ban

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season.

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Seahawks face tough task to repeat Super Bowl glory

Seattle will start as the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs but they they will have a tough task living up to last season’s success.

A football before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports.

San Francisco 49ers' defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) against the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

49ers’ Harbaugh won’t tolerate domestic violence

Jim Harbaugh gave stern comments about the topic Tuesday during his radio show on KNBR-AM, two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges.

James Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 17, 2014.

Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving

Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in March after failing roadside field-sobriety tests.

Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws the ball against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field.

Phillies’ Cole Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter

Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta.

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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Here is a look at the sports news you'll be talking about today, Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Sam fails to secure spot on Rams practice squad

Defensive end Michael Sam's bid to become the first openly gay player in the NFL looks even more remote.

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Carrie Underwood expecting her first child

Singer Carrie Underwood and her pro hockey player husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child.

New Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, center, waits for his squad to huddle during a break in the annual Red-White NCAA college spring football game in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 11, 2014. At left is quarterback Brett Nelson (12).

NCAA Football on KPUG: Louisville defeats Miami 31-13 in ACC debut  

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.

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Right guard Boone passes physical, rejoins 49ers

The 27-year-old Boone reached agreement on a restructured $6 million, two-year contract Sunday. The 49ers requested a roster exemption and Boone must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play.

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Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank Championship

Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick.

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter is seen during batting practice of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Kissimmee, Fla., Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager…

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Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

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American Girl, Rubik’s Cube among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

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They face off against My Little Pony, the Slip 'N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other childhood favorites.