1. The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Tim Couch for six games because Couch violated the league’s steroid policy, an NFL spokesman said Wednesday [Couch banned]. Couch told Yahoo! Sports in a story about his recent comeback attempt that while recovering from shoulder surgery he briefly used human growth hormone, which is banned by the NFL. Couch denied using steroids, but Yahoo! Sports later obtained documents showing that steroid prescriptions were filled in Couch’s name at Lowen’s Drug Store in Brooklyn, N.Y. earlier this year.
2. Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher through the first four weeks of the season, is facing a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy, multiple sources told ESPN.com [Sources: NFL’s leading rusher Henry faces suspension for violating drug policy]. But in a battle that has reached the federal court system, Henry is attempting to block the league from testing the so-called “B-sample” necessary to confirm the positive test, claiming that NFL officials would not allow his expert to be present for the testing of his specimen.
3. Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown, 25, was arrested in Valdosta over the weekend after a traffic stop by Valdosta police. Brown’s reported inappropriate behavior during law enforcement’s investigation led to his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and interference of an officer [Nba Player Arrested].
4. A Manhattan jury concluded that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas sexually harassed a female executive who was later fired after she complained about his trash talking. But Thomas won’t have to show Anucha Browne Sanders the money. The jury, which also found Madison Square Garden guilty of harassing Browne Sanders, ruled that MSG should have to pay her punitive damages. Browne Sanders, 44, cried tears of joy as she hugged her sisters while the usually cheerful Thomas, 46, looked on glumly – his trademark grin erased from his face. Outside Manhattan Federal Court, Thomas regained his composure and defiantly vowed to appeal the verdict [Jury finds Isiah, MSG harassed former exec].
5. Scott Schoeneweis, the veteran New York Mets reliever and a survivor of testicular cancer, received six steroid shipments from Signature Pharmacy while playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004, ESPN has learned [Source: Schoeneweis received ‘roids; lefty denies it]. According to a source in Florida close to the ongoing investigation of Signature, Schoeneweis’ name appears on packages that were sent to Comiskey Park while the White Sox were battling to win the AL Central title in 2003. Two more shipments arrived at the stadium in 2004, months before Schoeneweis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow.
6. For years, Marion Jones angrily denied using steroids. On Friday, she admitted it was all a lie. The three-time Olympic gold medalist pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement after the hearing. Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme [Jones announces retirement on heels of guilty plea].