Packers trio deny links to doping dealer

MIAMI — Three Green Bay Packers NFL players named in an Al-Jazeera television report into the use of performance-enhancing drugs have denied any wrongdoing and labeled the allegations a “fabrication.”

Linebackers Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were named in the report by Charlie Sly, who was filmed undercover saying he provided drugs, including banned performance-enhancing drugs, to a number of NFL and baseball players.

Before the Al-Jazeera report was broadcast on Sunday, Sly issued a statement recanting the claims he was shown making in the film.

Patriots release RB Iosefa

The New England Patriots released running back Joey Iosefa, the club announced Monday.

Iosefa, 24, played in two games for the Patriots and had 51 yards on 15 carries.

He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft and was released on Aug. 30. He was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad and later promoted to the active roster.

Eagles’ Peters reportedly left game to avoid injury

PHILADELPHIA — Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters took himself out of the Eagles’ 38-24 loss to the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter Saturday night because he didn’t want to risk getting hurt for a team that wasn’t going to the playoffs, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Peters hyperextended his elbow early in the game, but only missed a few plays before returning. He did not seek treatment on the elbow after the game, according to a team source.

Peters, who will turn 34 in January, has been hurt often this season.

Coach Chip Kelly pleaded ignorance Monday on Peters leaving the game.

“We were just told he couldn’t go any longer,” he said. “I know he got banged up early in the game. He’s been playing hurt all season long. We’re certainly not going to tell a player, ‘No, you’re not hurt and you have to go back in the game.’ I’ve never done that, never will do that.”

Grizzlies’ Barnes suspended two games

The NBA suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Matt Barnes two games for a physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher earlier this year.

Barnes also threatened Fisher in the altercation on Oct. 3 in Redondo Beach, Calif., the NBA announced Monday. The league conducted its own investigation.

Barnes’ suspension without pay will begin when the Grizzlies face the Miami Heat on Tuesday at FedExForum. He also will miss Saturday’s game at the Utah Jazz.

Fisher had flown to Los Angeles on an off day of Knicks training camp and was visiting with Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan, at her home.

Barnes, 35, said at the time that he went to Govan’s home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons. Barnes confronted Fisher and a physical altercation ensued. Police were called, but no charges were filed.

NHL to host first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic

The NHL will host the first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic in an abbreviated exhibition game at 2 p.m. Thursday on the outdoor rink at Gillette Stadium, the league announced Monday.

The game will be part of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic festivities in Foxborough, Massachusetts, including the game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m..

The outdoor women’s game will feature the Boston Pride of the newly formed National Women’s Hockey League vs. Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game will follow at 3:30 p.m.