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Vikings DE Nealy suspended 4 games

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Spencer Nealy was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, the league announced Friday.

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The 24-year-old Nealy, an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, did not play in a game last season.

Nealy will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team's Sept. 28 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nealy is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Whalen, Augustus All-Star reserves

The WNBA announced Minnesota Lynx players Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen were voted by coaches as reserves for the 2014 Western Conference All-Star team. Augustus will be making her fifth career All-Star appearance, while Whalen is making her fourth, joining Maya Moore, who was named All-Star starter last Tuesday. The Lynx trio will be coached in this year’s game by head coach Cheryl Reeve, who is joined on the bench by assistants Shelley Patterson and Jim Petersen.

This year marks the third time in franchise history the Lynx have had three representatives at the All-Star Game. The Phoenix Mercury will host the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center on Saturday, July 19, and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 2:30 p.m.

In her ninth year with the Minnesota Lynx, Augustus is averaging 17.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 15 games this season. She tallied a game- and season-high 26 points June 8 at Los Angeles, pushing her franchise-record total of career 20-plus points effort to 100 (four in 2014). Augustus is the franchise leader in points (4,446), games played (239) and she passed Katie Smith (7,287) as the franchise’s career leader in minutes played earlier this season.

Playing in her fourth season in Minnesota and 11th in the WNBA, Whalen is averaging 15.0 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game on 50.2percent shooting from the floor this season. In her career she has posted 12 points/assists double-doubles, including 10 in a Lynx uniform and recorded five games with 20-plus points and 10-plus assists. In five July contests this season, Whalen is averaging 15.2 points (53.8 percent), 6.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game. Entering Wednesday’s game vs. Tulsa, she ranks third in assists (5.6 apg), 12th in scoring (15.0 ppg) and 12th in field goal accuracy (50.2 percent).

— Reuters/Staff reports

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