Monday’s Morning Mashup: Anthony Bosch details alleged PED use, bribes by Alex Rodriguez
|01.13.14 at 8:07 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Syracuse at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Charleston at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Virginia at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Lafayette at Loyola (Md.), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at Aston Villa, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Anthony Bosch, who ran the Florida anti-aging clinic with affiliations to Major League Baseball players, said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night that he provided an assortment of performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and even injected A-Rod himself at times.
Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension was reduced to 162 games plus playoffs (the entire 2014 season) by an arbitrator Saturday, and he has indicated he will file a suit in federal court to overturn the ruling. He has denied using PEDs.
According to Bosch, Rodriguez started working with him in the summer of 2010, shortly before the Yankees slugger hit his 600th home run. Bosch said A-Rod wanted to know what Manny Ramirez used in 2008 and ’09, when he had a resurgence of power while playing for the Dodgers (although he eventually was suspended).
Bosch said he was paid $12,000 per month to supply Rodriguez with banned drugs including testosterone and human growth hormone.
Bosch detailed his links to Rodriguez, including hundreds of text messages and a document that indicates he was paid $50,000 from “A-Rod Corporation” that Bosch said was an effort to keep him quiet. The money was returned. Bosch also said people with an affiliation to Rodriguez threatened him. That led Bosch to strike a deal with MLB for security and legal assistance in exchange for his testimony.
Rodriguez’s lawyers have claimed the player’s relationship with Bosch was limited to nutrition consultations. Attorney Joe Tacopina criticized MLB for cooperating with the “60 Minutes” interview, even though Tacopina himself was interviewed on the program.
“Tonight’s further expansion of Bud Selig and Rob Manfred‘s quest to destroy Alex Rodriguez goes beyond comprehension,” Tacopina said in a statement. “In a clearly pre-orchestrated display, Selig and Manfred, having known for some time what the result of the arbitration would be (in light of Manfred sitting on the arbitration panel) put forth an unparalleled display of hubris and vindictiveness — complete with Manfred appearing in tandem with the drug dealer Tony Bosch, both in full makeup, celebrating the joint victory of Bosch’s lies and Manfred’s intimidation and payments for testimony.”
— Peyton Manning is riding high after ending a personal three-game postseason losing streak and leading the Broncos to the AFC championship game against the Patriots. However, according to an ESPN report, Manning’s future could be in jeopardy.
The report indicates that Manning will have an offseason exam on his surgically repaired neck, and if there is an increased risk of injury, the quarterback will be forced to decide whether to retire.
Manning underwent fusion surgery on his neck while a member of the Colts and missed the entire 2011 season.
Last week, Manning commented about his future, saying, “The light is at the end of the tunnel for me, no question.”
— Rangers pitcher Derek Holland is expected to miss about three months of the season after having surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Holland denied a report that he suffered the injury while playing in an amateur hockey game, instead explaining that it was caused by his dog, a boxer named Wrigley.
“I was running around with the dog and took off up the stairs,” Holland told the Dallas Morning News. “He chased me and ran up under me and undercut me, and I slammed my head on the steps.
“It could have been worse. I could have cracked my head open. I was doing a typical guy thing, closing around with the dog thing, and this happened.”
Holland, who signed a five-year contract before the 2012 season and is due to make $5.4 million this year, was injury-free in 2013, leading the team in starts (33) and innings pitched (213) while going 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s the Broncos vs. the Patriots and certainly Tom [Brady] and I have played against each other a lot. But when you get to the AFC championship, it’s about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there.” — Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, after Sunday’s 24-17 victory over the Chargers
STAT OF THE DAY: 17 — Victories in the last 18 games for the Ducks, following Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Red Wings that improved their home record to 19-0-2
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scores on his own empty net during Sunday’s game against the Oilers.
From a Swedish Hockey League game Saturday night, players from Farjestad aren’t ready for the faceoff but the referee drops the puck anyhow, and Leksand forward Gabriel Karlsson scores on a shot from center ice as goalie Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel is taking a drink of water.
During a delay in Saturday’s Rockets-Wizards game in Washington, Dwight Howard plays some one-on-one against a young fan and takes pleasure in dunking on the kid and rejecting his shot.
Wagner’s Dwaun Anderson finishes off an alley-oop pass off the backboard with a thunderous dunk against LIU-Brooklyn.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Torrez
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Madness lead singer Suggs, aka Graham McPherson, was born on this day in 1961.
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