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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the New York Mets in first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field,  Friday, April 19, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the New York Mets in first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field, Friday, April 19, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NFL

Jaguars WR Blackmon suspended for substance abuse

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NFL suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policies.

The league said yesterday that Blackmon may participate in the preseason and will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 30, the day after the Jaguars play Indianapolis.

Blackmon was a first-round draft choice in 2012 out of Oklahoma State.

Last season he caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns.

College football

Parents of deceased Tennessee State player sue school

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The parents of a Tennessee State football player who died after collapsing during a practice last fall are suing the university for wrongful death.

Wayne Jones III, a 19-year-old walk-on freshman defensive back, died Nov. 7 at after collapsing at a team workout. In the suit filed on in Tennessee’s Division of Claims, Wayne Jones Jr. and Sonya Johns say an “unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help” after their son collapsed.

The complaint also said Jones told Tennessee State Coach Rod Reed he wasn’t feeling well before practice and asked to be excused, but “upon being challenged he dressed and started practice.”

University spokesman Rick DelaHaya said the school “continues to mourn” Jones’s death and is “reviewing the complaint.”

Baseball

Marlins’ Stanton expects to out for about a month

MIAMI – Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to be sidelined for about a month because of a strained right hamstring.

Stanton underwent an MRI yesterday and said the diagnosis was a grade-two strain on the one-to-three scale for the injury. He was hurt trying to beat out a grounder in Monday’s 15-inning victory over the New York Mets, and was put on the 15-day disabled list.

The injury occurred just as last year’s NL slugging leader showed signs of emerging from a prolonged slump at the season’s start. He hit his first home run Saturday, and two more homers Sunday.

Now the Marlins, already saddled with the worst record in the majors, will be without their best hitter for several weeks.

Baseball

Johnson: Strasburg may have irritated nerve in arm

ATLANTA – Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said Stephen Strasburg may have has irritated a nerve in his right arm using an electrical stimulation machine.

The machines are used by athletes to build strength and are attached with adhesive electrodes. Johnson said yesterday the device could have been placed too close to a nerve in Strasburg’s right arm.

Johnson says it is too early to determine whether Strasburg will make his next scheduled start on Saturday at Pittsburgh. The manager want to see how the right-hander throws in a bullpen session.

Strasburg frequently shook his right arm while pitching six innings and allowing two runs in the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Monday night.

Baseball

Braves place Ayala on DL with anxiety disorder

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves right-hander Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an anxiety disorder.

Yesterday’s move was retroactive to April 25. Right-hander David Carpenter was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in time for last night’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Atlanta acquired the 35-year-old Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles on April 10 for minor league left-hander Chris Jones. Ayala was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games with the Braves, all in relief.

Carpenter did not appear in a game during a brief earlier stay in Atlanta before he was sent back to Gwinnett on April 22.

Baseball

Pirates designate LHP Sanchez for assignment

MILWAUKEE – The Pittsburgh Pirates designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment.

Sanchez, 30, appeared in five games for the Pirates this season, and went 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA. He worked 21∕3 innings Monday against the Brewers and allowed two runs on four hits, including two home runs.

He was also suspended six games by Major League Baseball last week for hitting Allen Craig of the Cardinals with a pitch. That suspension is pending appeal.

The Pirates signed the former Giants and Royals starter to a minor league deal in the offseason.

Pittsburgh called up right-hander Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he allowed one run in 61∕3 innings. Morris appeared in one game for the Pirates this season.

NHL

Brian Rolston retires after NHL 17 seasons

TORONTO – Brian Rolston retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup.

The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12.

As a rookie he helped the Devils win the Cup in the 1994-95 season. He also played for Colorado and Minnesota and completed his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points. His top offensive season was 2005-06 with the Wild – 34 goals and 45 assists.

Rolston played for the U.S. at three Winter Olympics, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and one world championship.

NBA

Gallinari has surgery to fix meniscus in left knee

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets said forward Danilo Gallinari underwent surgery to repair meniscus in his left knee and will later have another procedure to fix his ACL.

The operation on his meniscus was performed Monday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. He will go through rehabilitation on the knee before a date is scheduled to repair the ACL.

Gallinari was hurt on April 4 against Dallas when he planted his left leg awkwardly while going in for a layup. The knee buckled and he went down, screaming in pain.

The Nuggets have missed Gallinari in the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged career-highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (5.2) this season. He also led the team with 135 3-pointers.

MOTORSPORTS

Crew members suspended for fight with Piquet Jr.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond.

Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each yesterday. They were also placed on probation until the end of the year for the altercation in the motorhome lot after Friday night’s race.

Henrico County police charged Searce with two counts of misdemeanor assault, and Costello with one count of misdemeanor assault.

The altercation happened long after Scott and Piquet tangled on pit road after the race. Scott approached Piquet, and Piquet shoved him and kicked Scott in the groin.

Piquet and Scott were placed on probation until June 26, as were their respective crew chiefs.

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