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Bills DT Marcell Dareus claims 4-game suspension is for missed drug test 08.18.16 at 10:38 am ET
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Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

At Bills training camp on Wednesday, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus talked with reporters about his four-game suspension. According to Dareus, the suspension stems from a missed drug test — which contradicts reports Tuesday that it was for a positive marijuana test.

“I really don’t have much to say. Words really don’t mean anything now,” Dareus said after practice Wednesday. “It’s all action. And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to come back and do the best I can.”

Dareus missed the first game of last season because of a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The violation stemmed from May of 2014 when the Alabama State Police arrested Dareus for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Dareus also made headlines when he crashed his Jaguar into a tree near a busy suburban intersection in the spring of 2014. In April of 2015, the misdemeanor charges were dropped because he reached a plea agreement.

On the field, Dareus had only two sacks last season, but in September the Bills signed Dareus, who was the third overall pick in 2011, to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $104 million.

“We’re going to hold him accountable from here on out. And he’s going to hold himself accountable,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said. “He’s got to take a step himself. And it’s got to be on him.”

Added coach Rex Ryan: “There’s going to be some people that are cynical of him. There’s going to be people that will never give him the benefit of the doubt anymore. But for the majority of people, it’s more of a show-me thing. And I believe that moving forward this young man will learn from this experience and become a better person for it.

“We all care a great deal for Marcell. We want to see this be a thing that’s behind him once and for all, that this never happens again to him.”

Dareus will miss games against the Ravens, Jets, Cardinals and Patriots. The Bills defense could desperately use Dareus because rookies Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland have suffered major injuries and veteran Manny Lawson reportedly faces a one-game suspension.

Corbin Bryant is expected to start in place of Dareus. Last season, Bryant started nine of the final 10 games because of a season-ending knee injury to Kyle Williams.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Frustrated Bills ‘disappointed’ with DT Marcell Dareus after another NFL suspension 08.17.16 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinal, FC Dallas at Galaxy, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Poland, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Argentina, 5:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Track and field, 8 p.m. (NBC)


Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

— The bad news continued for Rex Ryan’s Bills on Tuesday, as veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended four games by the NFL, reportedly for a positive marijuana test. It’s the second year in a row Dareus was suspended, frustrating team ownership.

“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization, and fans through his recent actions,” the Bills said in a statement. “From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league.”

Dareus, a two-time Pro Bowler who signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension last September, previously was suspended for the first game of last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, related to his 2014 arrest in Alabama for criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to Pro Football Talk, the 26-year-old will forfeit more than $3 million as part of his latest punishment.

Dareus apologized in an Instagram post, writing: With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and commitment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves – a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me – I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!

The Bills defense also will be without starting outside linebacker Shaq Lawson (offseason shoulder surgery) for at least the first six weeks of the season, starting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland is done for the year after tearing his ACL in training camp, and veteran linebacker Manny Lawson reportedly is facing a one-game suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy. On the other side of the ball, running back Karlos Williams also was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

If Lawson’s suspension goes through, the Bills would have to pay a $250,000 fine for having three players suspended in the same year as per the NFL’s remittance policy.

— Police in Rio have been looking into claims by U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning while heading back to the athletes village in a taxi, but a police official told The Associated Press little evidence has been found and the swimmers — who Lochte acknowledged were intoxicated at the time — were unable to provide key details.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca new head of Boston 2024 Olympic bid 05.22.15 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Rays, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


Stephen Pagliuca

Stephen Pagliuca

Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca is the new chairman of the group looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston.

Pagliuca replaces John Fish, the construction magnate who helped the group land the United States Olympic Committee bid in January. However, support in Boston has dipped since the initial excitement, with some questionable leadership decisions creating mistrust among local residents, many of whom are wary of the expense.

Pagliuca, who had been a vice chairman of the bid, expressed confidence that the Games would be a positive experience for the city.

“I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts and for Boston,” Pagliuca said. “It’s a pretty exciting project. I haven’t seen many projects that are that impactful for cities.”

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Boston advertising executive Jack Connors were added as senior advisers, and Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby was named a vice chairman.

“Today’s announcement adds to an already impressive team at Boston 2024 and showcases the incredible support the bid enjoys from Boston’s business, civic, educational and political leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement Thursday. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor Walsh, Steve Pagliuca and everyone committed to this bid to successfully finish what we’ve started, and bring the Games to the U.S.”

The USOC initially showed support for Boston but recently indicated it could switch gears and back one of the cites that finished behind Boston (likely Los Angeles) when it submits a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee in September.

Other cities expected to vie for the 2024 Games include Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary.

— Two of the Patriots’ AFC rivals received bad news Thursday, as key defensive players deal with off-field issues.

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for the season opener for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s related to his arrest May 5 in Alabama, when the 25-year-old was found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

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Bills DT Marcell Dareus to enter substance-abuse program 07.22.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will enter an NFL substance-abuse program in an attempt to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, according to his attorney, Rod Giddens.

Giddens told The Associated Press Monday that Dareus was allowed to enter the program during a hearing in an Alabama courthouse earlier in the day.

Dareus was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper May 5.

Dareus’ charges will be dismissed and potentially expunged if he successfully completes the program.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur criticizes Habs’ postseason effort 06.05.14 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Athletics at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Tennis: French Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN2), 11 a.m. (NBC)


— The Canadiens knocked off the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but their conference finals loss to the Rangers did not sit well with Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur.

While members of the organization have spoken highly of the team’s solid regular season and playoff run, Lafleur told the French-language newspaper La Presse that he was not satisfied.

“Do not settle for a good season,” Lafleur said. “You do not play hockey for good seasons. You play to win the Stanley Cup, it has to be the objective. You can’t win [Game 5] and then not show up the next night.”

Lafleur was especially disappointed with the effort in the 1-0 loss in Game 6 that ended Montreal’s postseason.

“Looks like it’s as if everyone had given up,” he said. “You can’t win [Game 5] and then not show up the next night.”

Lafleur was especially critical of Thomas Vanek, whose agent said Tuesday that he will test the free agent waters, and Max Pacioretty, who just finished the first year of a six-year deal worth $27 million. Pacioretty scored a career-high 39 goals in the regular season then scored five goals in 17 playoff games (including the game-winner in Game 7 against the Bruins).

“Guys like Vanek and Pacioretty, you cannot keep them on your team,” Lafleur said. “They should stay home if they are not willing to pay the price. Your team will never win with players that fade when there is adversity.”

Manny Ramirez made his debut with the Cubs organization a memorable one, hitting a home run that reportedly traveled 450 feet during an extended spring training game in Tempe, Ariz.

The new player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs also gave the youngsters a lesson in how to show off, flipping his bat after crushing the ball.

Ramirez, 42, was signed by Cubs president Theo Epstein last week to play a couple of days per week and work with the Triple-A team’s hitters. Epstein said Ramirez will not play for the major league Cubs.

— Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes admitted he was involved in a car race on city streets with teammate Marcell Dareus, who crashed his Jaguar into a tree during Friday’s incident, which happened a few hours after practice ended. Dareus, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

“I was there. I was involved in it,” Hughes said after Wednesday’s practice, noting that he could not elaborate because of the ongoing police investigation.

Dareus, a 2011 first-round draft pick, is taking a two-week break from OTAs after meeting with coach Doug Marrone. Dareus was arrested in his native Alabama one month earlier for possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 5, 1989, the Red Sox had a productive draft, selecting which two players who would go on to win MVP awards — one in the American League and one in the National League?

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Bills rookie mowing lawns during lockout 07.02.11 at 1:48 pm ET
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Bills rookie defensive lineman Marcell Dareus knew he’d be seeing a lot of green after he was drafted third overall in last April’s draft. He just didn’t think it would be the green color of grass rather than the greenbacks he would have earned if he was earning an NFL contract.

The former Alabama lineman is cutting lawns for his godfather down in Birmingham, Ala., to keep himself afloat until the NFL lockout can come to a close. Although you’d think an NFLer like Dareus would have plenty saved in the bank, rookies are still yet to be under contract and therefore have no signing bonus or any other contract money saved like perhaps their veteran counterparts.

“You come out of college with plans of making big money, and everything goes on hold,” Dareus told the AP. “It grinds you. … “I make basically whatever they tip me. With my parents, I’m on a volunteer basis. I’m living like I’m still a college kid – there’s no money to spend.”

The AP story also includes stories from other rookies, including former BC offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo who makes for the restaurant his family owns.

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