Jones hit with one-year suspension for doping

Jon Jones received a one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a decision stemming from a positive drug test ahead of UFC 200 in July.

USADA announced Monday that the UFC light heavyweight was handed the maximum suspension after he tested positive for two specified prohibited substances, clomiphene and letrozole, in an out-of-competition drug screen on June 16.

In a release, USADA said an independent panel of three arbitrators reviewed the case against Jones on Oct. 31 to determine the punishment based on Jones’ degree of fault. The panel concluded “Jones’ degree of fault was at the very top end of the scale,” resulting in the maximum penalty.

Jones will be eligible to return to action July 6, 2017, one year after the start of his provisional suspension.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Duke freshman center Marques Bolden will miss the top-ranked Blue Devils’ first two games with a leg injury.

He’s the third member of Duke’s highly ranked freshman class who’s dealing with an injury. Forward Harry Giles is recovering from having his left knee scoped, and forward Jayson Tatum missed the two exhibition games with a sprained left foot.

n Texas Coach Shaka Smart said sophomores Tevin Mack and Kerwin Roach Jr. remain suspended for the No. 21 Longhorns’ season-opener Friday against Incarnate Word for an undisclosed violation of team rules during the offseason.

FOOTBALL: Florida, ranked No. 22, could be without quarterback Luke Del Rio for the rest of the season with a right shoulder injury.

n Baylor career rushing leader Shock Linwood was suspended by acting head coach Jim Grobe because of attitude issues.

Linwood will miss the 25th-ranked Bears’ game Saturday at No. 9 Oklahoma.

n Washington, ranked No. 4, will be without its best pass rusher, defensive end Joe Mathis, for the rest of the season after it was determined surgery was the best way to repair his foot injury.

n Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is going through a concussion protocol and listed day-to-day for this weekend’s home game against Minnesota.

n Kent State indefinitely suspended star senior safety Nate Holley following his arrest on kidnapping charges.

Portage County Sherriff Dave Doak said Holley was arrested on Friday.


BRAZIL: A Spanish judge accepted corruption charges against Neymar for irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona, opening the way for a trial involving the Brazilian forward and his parents.


MEN: Rafael Nadal will return from a wrist injury to play a December exhibition in the six-player, $250,000 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in United Arab Emirates.

Top-ranked Andy Murray and fourth-ranked Milos Raonic will also play. Nadal beat Raonic in the previous final.


MEDIA: The International Olympic Committee gave its top award for women’s sport to a man, Ethiopian sports journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle, for the first time.

The IOC praised Tekle for creating a radio show “dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams.”

– News service report