|Ryan Braun addresses media: ‘I’m deeply remorseful’ about PED suspension||11.27.13 at 2:34 pm ET|
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, in his first remarks to the media since his season-ending 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, expressed regret about the suspension and his adamant prior claims (after getting a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test overturned in 2012) that he had never used performance enhancing drugs. But he declined to go into any further detail about his past behavior, instead suggesting that it was his responsibility to earn back the faith of those whom he had disappointed.
“Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement (released by Major League Baseball at the time his suspension was announced) that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific, I got into a lot of details at that point. I’m not really going to go into any further details,” Braun told reporters in Milwaukee. “I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying.”
Asked about his press conference professing his innocence in the face of his suspension for steroid use in 2012 — a suspension that was overturned on procedural grounds based on the chain-of-custody followed by the delivery of the sample that was tested — Braun suggested that his stance that day was “a mistake.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Suspended Ryan Braun calls Brewers fans to apologize||09.06.13 at 8:07 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Reds, 7:05 p.m. (MLB)
College football: Wake Forest at Boston College, 8 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College football: Central Florida at Florida International, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica vs. United States, 10 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, England vs. Moldova, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Colombia vs. Ecuador, 4:20 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Paraguay vs. Bolivia, 6:25 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, knows he has a long way to go to win back the fans. So, he’s going one at a time.
Braun, who issued a statement last month but has not made a public apology in person, has been calling season ticket-holders to ask for their forgiveness.
Pat Guenther, owner of Kelly’s Bleachers sports bar and a 20-year season ticket-holder, received one of the calls and said he could tell from the voice it was Braun and not someone playing a joke.
Recalled Guenther in an interview with Milwaukee’s CBS-58 News: “He said, ‘I messed up,’ in a nutshell, ‘I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I’m sorry.’
“I cut him off right there. I said, ‘You know, Ryan, I think you’re an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.’ ”
Added Guenther: “He was very humble on the phone. He wanted to reach out, and for him to do this is an act of kindness. He wants the people of Wisconsin to support the Brewers and him.”
Not everyone is ready to give Braun another chance. On Thursday, the restaurant group SURG announced it is ending its business relationship with the player, with plans to close the Milwaukee restaurant that once included his name.
Guenther is more forgiving of Braun.
“Who hasn’t made a mistake?” he said. “People move forward. I think that’s what Ryan is trying to do. He’s moving forward. He has no other option. Be better, help his ball club win games and win the hearts of Brewers fans like he has for many, many years.”
• The Bruins are still hurting from their six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, but at least they made it that far. The Penguins, expected to win the Eastern Conference, are still in shock months after being swept by the Bruins.
“It stung,” captain Sidney Crosby said, via ESPN.com. “It was one of those ones that definitely took a while to wear off. Looking back, probably right until Chicago won, it was pretty tough to go a day without it crossing your mind when you’re seeing the finals going on. I didn’t watch a game until Game 6. I tried not to think about it too much, but it did pass through my mind. I think until I started working out and started to get ready for this year, it was tough to turn the page there.”
Added Crosby: “Ultimately in the playoffs, we didn’t get those big plays against Boston and they did a better job of that,. I look at myself in the mirror for that, having those opportunities and having [Tuukka] Rask make those big saves, you want those chances back and you want to put them in. But you have to make sure you learn from it.”
Evgeni Malkin, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in the offseason, had no explanation for Pittsburgh’s scoring drought in the series.
“I agree with Sid. It’s tougher loss for my career, too,” he said. “Four games and we score just two goals. I think we have best offensive line in NHL last year but we score just two goals. I don’t know if it’s bad luck or Boston played very well. But I just try to not remember that again, just look forward, look positive and look new season.”
• Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who took a leave of absence during training camp after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a concert, got into a fight with hotheaded teammate Cary Williams at practice Thursday, but Cooper said it was not related to last month’s controversy.
Cooper was being defended aggressively by Williams during a drill when the two hit the ground together. Cooper pushed Williams as they got up, and the two traded shoves and grabs before teammates attempted to restrain an angry Williams as Cooper walked away.
“Being super competitive, going for the ball,” Cooper explained. “We had a tangle-up at the ball, we both went to the ground. There was a lot of contact at the top of the route. It was nothing.”
Williams, who got into a fight with the Patriots when the teams practiced together last month prior to their preseason game and was kicked out of that practice, declined to comment.
Quarterback Michael Vick was one of the players who stepped in to try to calm Williams on Thursday, but the DB was not very receptive.
Said Vick: “Our maturity level has to be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn’t matter. We have to be men. We’re not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We’re teammates. It’s game week. We don’t have time for that. I don’t. It’s a distraction.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer calls out MLB for ‘publicity stunt’||08.20.13 at 8:12 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: Czech Republic vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Chinese Taipei vs. Panama, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Washington vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, AC Milan at Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Houston vs. W Connection, 8 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez called out Major League Baseball for “a cheap publicity stunt” after he was presented on live television with an agreement to waive confidentiality, despite claiming that he has been asking for precisely that for weeks.
Joe Tacopina was appearing NBC’s “Today” show when host Matt Lauer handed him the form. Tacopina first said he needed time to read through it. Later, he said he could not agree to such a request without first getting approval from the players’ association.
“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Tacopina said in a statement. “The letter that was addressed to my law office with the words ‘Via Hand Delivery’ on top was in fact never delivered to my office but was instead given to the ‘Today’ show, which in and of itself is yet another violation of the confidentiality clause of the JDA. They know full well that they have to address the letter to the MLBPA and such a waiver would require the MLBAPA to be party of the agreement and signatures. It’s nothing but a theatrical trap hoping I would sign knowing that I couldn’t and in fact would have me breaching the JDA agreement if I did.”
The letter suggests the league has information about Rodriguez’s links to the three men at the center of the biggest sports PED scandals of the last decade.
The letter reads: “We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez’s entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte.”
Tacopina also claimed Monday that the Yankees knew Rodriguez had a torn hip labrum when he played in the 2012 playoffs, and he presented Lauer with what he said was an MRI of the hip. The Yankees have said they didn’t know the extent of the injury until after the postseason.
Tacopina said he would advise Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension, to not accept a suspension of “one inning.”
• Milwaukee law student Ralph Sasson, a former friend and college classmate of Ryan Braun, is suing the Brewers outfielder, claiming Braun did not initially pay him and then disparaged him after he helped the player fight a failed a drug test.
Sasson said he was hired in November 2011 by Braun’s agent, Onesimo Balelo, to do legal research in an effort to clear Braun after his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Sasson claims the agent asked him to investigate the sample collector and Braun asked him to prank call two journalists who were working on a story about the test.
Sasson said Balelo would not pay the full amount he was owed — $2,000 for research and $5,000 if Braun was exonerated — after the suspension was overturned in February 2012. Sasson eventually was paid, but he said Braun lied about the end of their friendship.
“Braun has engaged in advancing the proposition that the reason for his falling out with Sasson was because Sasson had been rude to staff at Miller Park; Braun had received word that complaints had been filed due to Sasson’s abhorrent behavior; that Sasson had ‘acted like an ass,’ and that Sasson is crazy,” Sasson claims in the suit, for which he is seeking $10,000 for defamation and emotional distress.
• A lawyer representing Penn State said Monday that he expects 24 more settlements this week between individuals claiming to have been abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The first settlement of the 31 who have reached out to the school was announced over the weekend.
The school has set aside about $60 million to pay claims, with more weight given to claims that happened after 2001, when a graduate assistant coach informed school officials learned of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in a locker room shower.
“It’s what did Penn State know and what duty did they have?” attorney Michael Rozen said. “What did they know, when did they know it, and what duty — if any — did they have to act, and to what extent?”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t expect them to do anything. My view is that it was not intentional.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, asked Monday if he expects Major League Baseball will punish Ryan Demspter for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch a night earlier
STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Consecutive losses for the Dodgers following Monday’s 6-2 setback vs. the Marlins, marking the first time in two months Los Angeles has lost two straight
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Running backs Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch star as their fathers in this commercial for Madden 25.
Austin Richmond, a wide receiver at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., catches passes while doing backflips.
At a dunk contest in Latvia, Suns guard Shannon Brown attempts to jump over three people but slips and falls.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry Adair
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.
|Reports: Ryan Braun tried to solicit support from veteran players in 2012 by saying sample collector was anti-Semitic||08.19.13 at 10:40 am ET|
The hits just coming on coming for Ryan Braun — but not on the field.
According to multiple reports, the Brewers slugger, who is serving his season-ending, 65-game suspension for his connections to the Biogenesis scandal, called a number of major league veterans in the weeks leading up to the appeal of his PED-related suspension in February 2012 in an attempt to rally support. At that time, Braun tested positive for testosterone but ended up winning the appeal on a technicality.
Now, ESPN reports that in addition to seeking support from his peers — which according to Yahoo! were Matt Kemp, Joey Votto and Troy Tulowitzki — Braun told others that sample-collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. was anti-semitic. Braun, who is Jewish, also reportedly said Laurenzi was a Cubs fan, suggesting the official would be biased toward the division-rival Brewers.
“Ryan isn’t currently commenting on anything — rumor or reality — related to his arbitration process or his suspension,” a source close to Braun told ESPN. “He has acknowledged his mistakes, accepted his punishment, and is beginning to make amends and will comment at an appropriate time.”
News spread over the weekend that Braun, who has never acknowledged using PEDs to the media, will speak publicly soon. When exactly that will happen remains to be seen.
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
Little League World Series: Australia vs. Texas, noon (ESPN2)
Little League World Series: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Delaware vs. Tennessee, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Panama vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League World Series: Washington vs. Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Steelers at Redskins, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The spotlight was on Alex Rodriguez on Sunday as the Yankees slugger was involved in a brouhaha at Fenway Park, but the second-most famous player who received a suspension from Major League Baseball this year was the target of some criticism as well.
With reports emerging that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun plans to come clean and offer a public apology this week for using performance-enhancing drugs, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson had some harsh words for the player.
“If I get a chance to see Braun, I’ve got a question for him right to his face, you know?” Gibson said before his team’s game Sunday against the Pirates. “Is he about rehearsed [enough] by now, you think? About ready to come out? He’s probably practicing at the theater school somewhere. Just you look at how things like that can influence people’s opportunities and an opportunity to do something like that.”
Gibson is upset that Braun’s play helped Milwaukee oust Arizona from the 2011 playoffs, the same month Braun first tested positive — but had that result thrown out because the tester did not follow protocol. Braun went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Brewers’ 3-2, 10-inning victory in the deciding Game 5.
“I mean, all things considered, we should have won a game,” Gibson said of that Game 5. “All things considered, the last game, we tied them up and had a chance to win it. But there were other times in my career where I did overcome cheaters with my teammates. We had our chance.”
Gibson initially supported Braun after he tested positive, saying he should get the benefit of the doubt.
“I’d been listening to his line of [expletive],” Gibson said. “So, you take it at face value.”
• The Nets have been doing their best to upstage the Knicks in New York, but Knicks guard Raymond Felton said his team will always have the inside track on the hearts of the Big Apple.
“They will never over the city. Because we’ve got ‘New York’ on our chest,” Felton said Sunday at a charity event at St. John’s University. “They’ve got ‘Brooklyn’ on their chest, and we’ve got ‘New York.’ They’ll never take over the city.”
Paul Pierce, traded from the Celtics to the Nets this summer, said earlier this month, “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
Said Felton: “[Pierce] that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it’s all about rivalries. We understand that — he knows that, I know that. He’s just trying to fuel it.”
Added Felton: “He’s just trying to talk, talk, talk, to fuel the rivalry, which is good. I love it. I think it’s good for us, it’s good for the whole state, it’s good. So, whatever — I love it.
“I don’t really pay no attention to what Paul is saying. I hear about it, but I don’t pay it no attention. It’s all fun and games to me.”
• The Patriots aren’t the only AFC East team with an issue at tight end. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season after injuring his knee in Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Texans.
Keller, who signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with Miami this year after spending his first five seasons with the Jets, reportedly tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and dislocated his knee after a hit by rookie safety D.J. Swearinger on an incomplete pass. Swearinger said he went low on Keller in an attempt to avoid a penalty.
“With the rules in this era you’ve got to hit low,” Swearinger said. “If I would have hit him high, I would have gotten a fine. So, I think I made the smartest play. I’m sorry it happened and I pray he has a speedy recovery. … Right now it’s just instinct. You see somebody come across the middle, you’ve got to go low. You’re going to cost your team 15 yards. You’ve got to play within the rules.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 19, 1921, which baseball legend recorded his 3,000th hit against the Red Sox?
|As MLB suspensions loom, government reportedly getting involved in Biogenesis case||08.02.13 at 9:16 am ET|
Friday could be Doomsday in Major League Baseball, with the commissioner’s office reportedly nearly ready to hand down another round of suspensions related to its Biogenesis investigation, but Biogenesis’ reach could be much further than just a bunch of highly paid athletes. EPSN reported Thursday that the the FDA has begun its own investigation into the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic.
The sudden interest from the Feds stems from an earlier “Outside the Lines” report that said Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, who is not a licensed physician, provided 10 high school athletes with prescription drugs for uses not approved by the FDA.
The government’s investigation is being led by Jeff Novitzky, who in a way is a different kind of PED expert. He ran the FDA’s exploration of the BALCO case, as well as its probings of Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong. According to the ESPN report, Novitzky is looking to speak with former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer.
The New York Daily News reports that the FDA’s involvement could complicate matters for Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who could be facing a lifetime ban from baseball, is said to be debating whether or not to to a plea deal similar the one the Brewers’ Ryan Braun did.
If MLB was to drop the hammer and give him the ban, A-Rod would be expected to appeal. Anything he says under oath to the arbiter during the appeals process, however, could be used against him should the government want to talk to use him as witness for its own investigation — just as Barry Bonds and others did in the BALCO case 10 years ago.
“I think it’s devastating for Alex,” a source familiar with MLB’s investigation told the Daily News. “He would be under oath in an arbitration, and all the evidence baseball has on him would be available to prosecutors.
“With this going on, you’d think he’s got to settle.”
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Biogenesis whistleblower claims NBA, NCAA athletes are involved||07.26.13 at 8:12 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Giants, 10:05 p.m. (WGN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The whistleblower in the Biogenesis PED scandal told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that baseball players weren’t the only athletes to receive treatment from clinic owner Tony Bosch.
Porter Fischer did not name athletes, but he said they come from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA. He also said there are more baseball players involved than have been named in media reports.
“In just the four years that I know, it’s got to be well of a hundred [athletes who received treatment], easy,” Fischer said. “It’s almost scary to think about how many people have gone through [Bosch's treatments] and how long he’s gotten away with this.”
Meanwhile, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun indicated Thursday that he’s eager to speak to the public about his season-ending suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy but is not yet allowed because he hasn’t gotten clearance from MLB investigators.
“When I am able to, I will speak,” Braun said in a statement released by the team. “I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and still am not, legally allowed to say anything yet.”
A day earlier, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio addressed the issue, saying: “I think [Braun] has to get to the point where he can actually speak about this. Major League Baseball is in the midst of an ongoing investigation. He is obviously now cooperating with baseball. He is cooperating in such a way that he is going to let them conclude or get further into the investigation before he talks.”
♦ Niners cornerback Tarell Brown said he fired his agent Thursday after learning that he voided a $2 million escalator in his contract because he skipped the team’s voluntary offseason program.
Brown, who said he worked out on his own as he routinely does each offseason, explained that he didn’t know about the clause in his contract, and when he learned about it through Twitter after practice Thursday, he fired agent Brian Overstreet.
“No one wants to leave money on the table,” Brown said. “If I would have known the clauses in my contract — that’s what agents get paid to do, to orchestrate the contract and to let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That’s what he got paid to do. He didn’t do that, so in my opinion, you have to be let go. We all are held accountable for our actions. This is part of the business.”
Brown said Overstreet reached out to the 49ers and so did he in an effort to work out something, but, “There wasn’t too much I really could say.”
Brown, a 2007 fifth-round pick out of Texas who has started all 32 games the past two seasons, received a $7.125 million, three-year contract extension in October 2009 that runs through this season.
♦ Former NBA star Kenny Anderson revealed that he was molested as a child, as part of his participation in a Broadway play called “The Penis Monologues.”
Anderson, a point guard who played 4½ seasons for the Celtics as part of a 14-year NBA career that ended in 2005, said he decided to go public with his story in an effort to help others.
“Let people know that this is me, this is what happened to me,” Anderson told SBNation.com. “The bottom line if I can help somebody. They see Kenny Anderson got molested and he’s talking about it. Now people [are going to] come out and maybe be able to tell their story.”
Anderson, 42, was fired from a high school coaching job in Florida in May after being arrested for DUI.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 26, 1987, which rookie hit a home run and joined Dave Stapleton as the only Red Sox players to homer in their first two major league games?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp wants Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award||07.24.13 at 7:59 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, United States vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, Mexico vs. Panama, 10 p.m. (FSC)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was runner-up to Ryan Braun for the National League MVP award in 2011, and he said Braun should vacate first place after being suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball.
“Yeah, I do,” Kemp said Tuesday when asked if the award should be taken from Braun. “I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”
Braun, who hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases, finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes. Kemp, who hit .324/.399/.586 with a league-leading 39 home runs and 126 RBIs as well as 40 stolen bases, had 332 points and 10 first-place votes.
Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of American, said Monday that the award is final.
Kemp did not go as far as teammate Skip Schumaker, who said Monday that Braun deserves a lifetime ban, but he made it clear that he wasn’t pleased.
“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said. “I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed. That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organization, a lot of his teammates. I think a lot of people feel that way.”
♦ Redskins Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green weighed in on the team’s nickname controversy Tuesday and agreed that the team should consider changing its name.
“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them, ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk, the team’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, told WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. (via ESPN).
Added Green, the franchise leader in interceptions: “It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me.’ ”
♦ University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who was arrested early Sunday morning after he barked at a police dog, had misdemeanor charges against him dropped Tuesday, with the State Attorney’s Office making it clear officers overreacted.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday that the “dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant much less legally sustain those charges and the complete inappropriateness of pursing court action against Morrison, or anyone else, under the circumstances involved.”
Morrison, who was arrested five weeks earlier for allegedly punching a bouncer, was suspended for at least the first two games of the season by coach Will Muschamp.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 24, 2004, Jason Varitek fought with Alex Rodriguez as the Red Sox and Yankees played an intense game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got the last laugh when which player hit a three-run home run off Mariano Rivera for an 11-10 Red Sox victory?
|MLBPA boss Michael Weiner speaks out against leaks about Biogenesis investigation||07.12.13 at 7:22 am ET|
With Major League Baseball reportedly seeking to suspend Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, among others, next week after the All-Star break for their involvement in the PED scandal surrounding the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, the union has already started to speak out.
Michael Weiner, the Major League Baseball Players Association executive director, released a statement Thursday criticizing the leaks to the media.
“The leaking of confidential information to members of the media interferes with the thoroughness and credibility of the Biogenesis investigation,” Weiner said in the statement. “These repeated leaks threaten to harm the integrity of the Joint Drug Agreement and call into question the required level of confidentiality needed to operate a successful prevention program. The Players want a clean game and they demand a testing program that is not only the toughest in professional sports, but one that guarantees each player due process rights accompanied by strict confidentiality provisions.
Weiner also said the Players Association is in contact with the league, which has assured the union that there have yet to be any decisions regarding potential suspensions.
“It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged the results of the investigation based on unsubstantiated leaks that are a clear violation of the JDA,” Weiner said.
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun reportedly facing long suspensions||07.10.13 at 8:02 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Marlins, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Athletics at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Angels at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Rockets, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Jazz vs. Nets, 11 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Thunder vs. 76ers, 1 p.m. (NBA)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup semifinals, 10:45 a.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup semifinals, 1:45 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, Club America at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Amid reports that the players involved in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug issue have not been cooperating with Major League Baseball authorities, there are indications that long suspensions will be handed out sometime after the All-Star break.
Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are the two biggest names, and ESPN credits a source as saying commissioner Bud Selig is considering a 100-game ban for both, even though neither player has previously been suspended.
Braun reportedly met with MLB authorities on June 29 and reduced to answer questions. Rodriguez is said to have a Friday meeting scheduled, but he is not expected to divulge any information either.
Rodriguez, who is on a minor league rehab assignment as he tries to return from January hip surgery, denied being aware of a meeting.
“Not that I know of, and if I knew, I couldn’t share it with you guys,” he told reporters in Tampa, after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his latest game. “We’ve been fully instructed to not comment on that case.”
Attorneys for Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch have met multiple times with MLB officials and are believed to have turned over nuermous documents that substantiate a connection to Rodriguez, Braun and about 18 other players.
♦ Steve Nash weighed in on Dwight Howard‘s departure from the Lakers, saying he thought the center never found a fit in Los Angeles.
“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here, and I think if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here,” Nash said Tuesday in an interview with “The Mason & Ireland Show” on ESPN LA 710 radio. “So, we wish him the best and move on.”
Howard announced Friday that he is signing with the Rockets after one disappointing year with the Lakers.
“Dwight had some issues with the season,” Nash said. “I think it kind of basically goes with what he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in L.A. He never quite felt supported. That’s basically it. I think in some ways you can read into that what you will, but I think he never quite felt comfortable at home and I don’t know if that’s anybody’s fault.”
♦ Rudy Keeling, who coached the basketball teams at Northeastern and Maine before becoming athletic director at Emerson and then commissioner of the ECAC, died Saturday at the age of 64 after a brief illness.
Keeling, who was living in New Hampshire, retired from the ECAC in January after six years with the conference.
Keeling coached at Maine from 1988-89 through 1995-96. He was named North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 after the Black Bears posted a school-record 20 wins. He moved to Northeastern in 1996 and coached the Huskies for five seasons, posting a record of 48-92. Prior to Maine, Keeling was an assistant at Bradley and then Marquette.
“He was an outstanding coach, a first-class person and representative of the University of Maine, and a beloved and highly respected member of the entire basketball coaching community,” current Maine coach Ted Woodward said in a story on the school’s website. “He touched many lives of young people here at Maine, was an outstanding example of character, integrity, and intelligence, and his influence has, and will continue to be felt throughout our great school and all of college athletics. It has always been an honor to follow in his footsteps at the University of Maine and the wonderful example he provided daily and throughout his career.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 10, 1992, which Red Sox player tied then-teammate Ellis Burks‘ major league record for grand slams by a rookie when he hit his second of the season in a 6-5 victory over the White Sox?
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