Djokovic to end 2017 season due to elbow

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(TSX / STATS) -- Novak Djokovic announced Wednesday he will miss the rest of the 2017 season to recover from a right elbow injury.

The Serbian, a 12-time Grand Slam champion and ranked No. 4 in the world, admitted after he was forced to retire during his Wimbledon quarterfinal loss two weeks ago that he had been feeling pain in his elbow for the past 18 months.

Djokovic, 30, posted a video statement on Facebook and his website shortly before a news conference at which he explained his decision in more detail.

Vikes give Griffin 4-yr., $58M extension

(TSX / STATS) -- The Minnesota Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a four-year contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him with the organization through the 2022 season.

The deal is worth $58 million and includes $34 million in guarantees, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (MORE)

Browns' Kessler getting 1st-team reps

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler will get the first-team reps to start training camp, coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday.

"He deserves the chance to walk out there first," Jackson told reporters at a press conference to kick off training camp, which opens with the first practice Thursday. (MORE)

Study: CTE in 99 percent of ex-NFLers

(TSX / STATS) -- A new study focused on the connection between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and football found the neurodegenerative disease present in 99 percent of the 111 brains donated by families of former NFL players and examined by researchers, according to the study published Tuesday.

Evidence of the disease was found in 177 of 202 total brains examined by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare. All specimens belonged to former football players at all levels of the sport. (MORE)

James denies he's 'eager' for Kyrie deal

(TSX / STATS) -- LeBron James denied a report that he is "eager" to see Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving traded after the point guard reportedly asked the team for a trade last week.

James, on his Twitter account, re-tweeted two posts from SLAM Magazine's Twitter account with the headlines "LeBron James is reportedly 'eager' for Cleveland to trade Kyrie Irving" and "LBJ is extremely unhappy with Kyrie's trade request." (MORE)

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