The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense was jolted Saturday when the NFL suspended cornerback Aqib Talib four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The fifth-year pro said in a statement released by the team that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription ‘‘around the beginning of training camp.’’ He will not appeal the ban, which begins Sunday against Kansas City. Talib will also miss games against New Orleans, Minnesota, and Oakland, becoming eligible to return Nov. 5. It’s the second suspension of Talib’s career. He was suspended without pay for the 2010 regular-season opener and also fined one additional game check for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. That discipline stemmed from an altercation with a St. Petersburg cab driver during training camp in August 2009.
Labor talks may resume on Tuesday
Labor negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out Players Association may resume Tuesday after a four-day break. The location and the agenda have yet to be determined. The sides held two days of talks last week in New York without discussion of hockey-related revenue — the core economic issue that has prevented the regular season from starting. The 28-day lockout has already wiped out the entire preseason and the first three days of the regular season . . . Former Bruins forward Bill Ezinicki, 88, who flourished on the New England PGA Tour following an 11-year NHL career (1944-55), died after a brief illness Thursday at Addison-Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. The Winnipeg-born Ezinicki, who also played for the Maple Leafs and Rangers, was a member of three Stanley Cup-winning teams. He won the New England PGA championship in 1956 and ’58, and also won multiple titles at the Rhode Island Open, New Hampshire Open, and Maine Open. Ezinicki, who for many years was head professional at The International in his hometown of Bolton, was elected to the New England section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 1997 and was also a member of the Massachusetts Golf Association Hall of Fame.
Murray-Djokovic final set for Shanghai
Two-time defending champion Andy Murray beat Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-4, in a rainy semifinal, setting up a US Open final rematch against Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters. Djokovic reached his 10th final of the year by defeating Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic is looking for his fifth title of the year and second straight after winning in Beijing last week . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka reached her ninth final of the season and will play Julia Goerges for the Generali Ladies title in Linz, Austria. Azarenka defeated Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-2, 6-1, and Goerges edged Kirsten Flipkens, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. Azarenka is going for her sixth title of the year . . . Chang Kai-chen defeated top-seeded Sam Stosur, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), to advance to the final of the Japan Open in Osaka against Heather Watson, who beat Misaki Doi, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, in the other semifinal.
Nets begin new era with win vs. 76ers
Brook Lopez scored 19 points as the Brooklyn Nets made their debut with a 108-105 exhibition win in overtime against the 76ers in Atlantic City, closing the book on New Jersey after 35 years . . . The 16-month-old son of Astros catcher Carlos Corporan died after undergoing four heart surgeries since his birth in June 2011 . . . A Waukesha County District prosecutor said Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez was arrested last month in Town of Wales, Wis., on a domestic violence complaint involving his girlfriend. The prosecutor said Rodriguez has not been charged and that any charges would be misdemeanors . . . FIFA, soccer’s governing body, said the three Cuban players who disappeared one day before Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada in Toronto defected. The defectors left coach Alexander Gonzalez with 11 players. Another player was ill and didn’t play in the game, which Canada won, 3-0 . . . Former cyclist Matt White quit as director of an Australian pro cycling squad after saying he was involved in doping while riding with Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team. White was the director of Orica-GreenEDGE. He also resigned as Cycling Australia’s pro men’s road coordinator and team selector. His announcement follows revelations that White was the anonymous ‘‘Rider 9’’ in a US Anti-Doping Agency affidavit from former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis regarding performance-enhancing drug use . . . Nonito Donaire stopped Toshiaki Nishioka at 1:54 of the ninth round, defending his WBO 122-pound title in Carson, Calif. . . . Anderson Silva stopped Stephan Bonnar with a knee to the body with 20 seconds left in the first round, winning in front of his home fans at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro . . . Longtime LPGA Tour rules official Doug Brecht, 62, died at his home in Oklahoma City Friday after a three-month battle with West Nile virus. Brecht was hospitalized in August during the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo, Ohio . . . Australia’s Pete Jacobs won the Ironman world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, beating Germany’s Andreas Raelert.