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Riley Cooper temporarily steps away from Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly says that Cooper will not be cut, but the wide receiver is seeking counseling after he used a racial slur.

August 02, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • Riley Cooper has been excused from all team activities while the Eagles wide receiver seeks counseling after a video of the Philadelphia wideout surfaced showing him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Riley Cooper has been excused from all team activities while the Eagles… (Yong Kim / McClatchy-Tribune )

The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities Friday as the wide receiver dealt with the repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something upon which the player and the team agreed.

Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday's practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he's ready. "There has never been any question of cutting Riley," Kelly said.

Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult, and he will seek counseling. "My actions were inexcusable," he said. "The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better."

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will sit out the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will sit out at least a week after hurting his right hamstring The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey has been sidelined because of a possible concussion.

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Lochte gets two golds

Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke, posted the fastest time in the semifinals of the 100 butterfly, and put the Americans ahead to stay with a strong leg in the 800 freestyle relay, all in less than two hours in the world swimming championships at Barcelona, Spain. No one could find a record of anyone competing in three races in the same session at either the worlds or the Olympics. Missy Franklin ended a run of four straight victories, finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle behind gold medalist Cate Campbell of Australia. Franklin came back about 25 minutes later to easily post the top qualifying time in the semifinals of the 200 backstroke.

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Jimmie Johnson needed multiple attempts to make it through the pre-qualifying inspection, then set a track record with a lap of 180.654 mph to win the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, Pa. Kyle Busch will start second and Carl Edwards third. Johnson went 29th instead of his scheduled 24th spot, and the later start under the clouds as the track got faster may have given him an advantage over the cars that went out under the sun.

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IndyCar adopted new guidelines that will take effect with the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend in Lexington, Ohio. Among them: When there is a restart with 15 or fewer laps remaining all lapped cars will move to the back of the field.

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The Kings gave forward Kyle Clifford a two-year contract extension. Clifford, 22, scored 14 points (seven goals) in 48 games last season.

—Lance Pugmire

Greg Oden has informed the Miami Heat that he will accept their contract offer, a process that will probably be formally completed early next week, said Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden's agents Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer is transferring to Louisville and will play for the Cardinals this season Hawaii Coach Norm Chow said offensive coordinator Aaron Price has been dismissed from the football program but did not specify a reason Jockey Garrett Gomez was fined $1,000 for missing his mounts on July 17 and 18 at the Del Mar summer meet and is undergoing treatment for substance abuse after a relapse with alcohol A Seattle Sounders spokesman said the team had no comment on an ESPN report that bClint Dempsey could be on the verge of a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur back to MLS John Isner hit 18 aces and never faced a break point during a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus to reach the Citi Open semifinals at Washington. He will face Dmitry Tursunov of Russia for a berth in Sunday's final. In the other semifinal, Tommy Haas of Germany will play Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Andrea Petkovic, Alize Cornet, Magdalena Rybarikova and Ekaterina Makarova reached the women's semifinals Roger Federer withdrew from the Rogers Cup at Montreal Led by Grant Holman's pitching and hitting, Eastlake of Chula Vista, representing Southern California, routed Central East Maui of Hawaii, 16-2, in six innings in the Little League West Regional at San Bernardino.

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