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Marlins’ Paulino suspended 50 games for drug test

08.20.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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After testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Marlins catch Ronny Paulino was suspended 50 games on Friday by Major League Baseball under the drug policy.

In a statement released by the team, Paulino said, “To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill. I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball’s drug policy. I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins organization and baseball fans.”

This season, Paulino is hitting .259 with four home runs and 37 RBI. He’s struggled since the All-Star break, hitting only .195 with one homer. To replace him, the Marlins recalled catcher Chad Davis from Triple-A New Orleans.

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Twins’ Punto heads back to DL

08.20.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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After returning Tuesday from a strained left hamstring, Nick Punto is going back on the 15-day DL following Thursday’s game against the White Sox. Punto aggravated the same injury running the bases in the fifth inning.

The infielder is hitting .253 this season in 81 games. To fill his roster spot, the Twins recalled infielder Matt Tolbert from Triple-A Rochester for Friday’s game against the Angels.

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Bucks sign Boykins

08.20.10 at 4:35 pm ET
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The Bucks announced on Friday that they’ve officially signed free agent Early Boykins.

The guard is 34 years old and played with the Wizards last season, averaging 6.6 points 2.6 assists 67 games. Boykins spent part of the 2006-07 season with Milwaukee and averaged a career-high 14.6 points.

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Vikings work out Walker after Harvin scare

08.20.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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Former Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker worked out with the Vikings on Friday, reports Adam Schefter via Twitter.

With receiver Percy Harvin collapsing on Thursday with a migraine, Minnesota could be looking to add another pass-catcher for insurance. Walker is a familiar target for quarterback Brett Favre, who connected with the receiver for 89 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004.

After that season, however, Walker wanted a new contract and Favre openly criticized him for not playing out his deal. Since then, Walker suffered a season-ending injury early in 2005 and has bounced around from the Broncos to the Raiders.

Last season with Oakland, Walker played in just three games and failed to record a catch.

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Report: Knicks offer Chandler for Fernandez

08.20.10 at 1:57 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, the Knicks have offered the Trail Blazers swingman Wilson Chandler in a bid to land disgruntled guard Rudy Fernandez. The report indicates the Celtics and Bulls each have offered a first-round draft pick for the Spaniard, who recently told the Blazers he will return to Europe rather than play in Portland another season.

Chandler, who was arrested on a marijuana possession charge in May, avergaed 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last season but missed the final month with a groin strain. He had surgeries for an ankle problem and a sports hernia this offseason.

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NFL suspends Bills TE Nelson

08.20.10 at 1:50 pm ET
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Bills second-year tight end Shawn Nelson was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for a repeat violation the league’s substance abuse policy. This means Nelson will miss Buffalo’s Week 3 game against the Patriots.

Nelson had 17 receptions for 156 yards and one touchdown in 2009.

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Phillies prospect arrested on cocaine charge

08.20.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to a report in Florida’s St. Petersburg Times, highly touted Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was arrested early Friday morning in Pinellas County, Fla., on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. The 21-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Phillies in an offseason trade that sent pitcher Cliff Lee to the Mariners. Gillies spent most of the season with the Phillies’ Double-A team in Reading, Pa., batting .238 with two home runs in 26 games. He was recently assigned to the organization’s Gulf Coast League team in Clearwater, Fla., as he rehabs an injured left hamstring.

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Rumor: Magic, Hornets interested in Iverson

08.20.10 at 1:37 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Ohio-based NBA.com reporter Sam Amico, the Magic and Hornets are considering bringing in Allen Iverson for a workout. Iverson returned to his original team, the 76ers, last season but left midway through the campaign for family reasons and did not return. The 14-year veteran is an 11-time All-Star with a career scoring average of 26.7 points per game.

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Giants sign former Eagles OL Andrews

08.20.10 at 11:30 am ET
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Shawn Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Eagles who hasn’t played since early in the 2008 season, signed with the Giants early Friday. The Giants waived offensive lineman Cliff Louis to make room on the roster.

Andrews, 27, did not play last season due to a back injury. The 2004 first-round draft pick made the Pro Bowl in 2005, ’06 and ’07. In 2008, he went on the injured reserve list after the second game of the season. He re-injured the back in training camp last year. The Eagles waived him when he failed a physical in March.

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Orton signs extension with Broncos

08.20.10 at 9:01 am ET
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The Broncos announced Thursday night that they signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a contract extension. ESPN reported that it was for one-year, through 2011, and worth $9 million, with $5.5 million guaranteed.

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