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Ex-PSU receiver

enrolls at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wide receiver Devon Smith has transferred from Penn State to Marshall.

Marshall coach Doc Holliday announced Smith’s transfer Thursday.

Smith, a senior, will be eligible to play this season because of the NCAA’s penalties against Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

The 5-foot-7, 147-pound Smith caught 25 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns at Penn State last season. He also returned kicks.

Smith is the second former Nittany Lions player to transfer to Marshall, joining junior cornerback Derrick Thomas.

 

Ohio State to play

Tulsa in 2016

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio State Buckeyes will be playing a second team from Oklahoma during their 2016 nonconference schedule.

Tulsa will be visiting Ohio Stadium to play the Buckeyes.

Ohio State already has a game at Oklahoma set for Sept. 17, 2016. Although Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith was unsure of the date assigned for the Tulsa game, it will most likely come the week before or after the Buckeyes’ trip to Norman, Oklahoma.

Smith also confirmed that the one-year contract with Tulsa would pay the Golden Hurricane $1.03 million to come to Columbus.

 

NFL suspends

Chargers’ Brown

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The NFL has suspended San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Garrett Brown without pay for the team’s first four regular-season games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Brown, who signed as a free agent, will be eligible to return to the Chargers’ active roster on Oct. 1.

The league said Thursday that Brown is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and exhibition games.

 

Evidence: Goodell

acted properly

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL has provided a federal judge with what it says is evidence Commissioner Roger Goodell did not improperly pre-judge players in the bounty investigation.

The evidence includes a copy of a letter the NFL Players Association sent the league on March 7 asking Goodell to delay punishment of players implicated in the bounty probe.

It also includes a sworn declaration from Goodell in which he states he was prepared to hand down player discipline at the same time he announced suspensions for coaches and executives on March 21.

Goodell’s declaration states he held off after verbally agreeing to do so in a phone conversation with union head DeMaurice Smith.

Attorneys for four suspended players have argued Goodell showed improper bias with comments he made before announcing player discipline.