Ryan Braun is first of Biogenesis players to fall
MLB has suspended Brewer slugger Ryan Braun for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal. Braun will sit out the final 65 games of this year in a plea deal that will cost him approximately $3.2 million dollars in salary. Last year, Braun escaped suspension on a technicality when his sample (which tested positive for elevated testosterone) was mishandled and did not follow the proper protocol.
MLB News and Notes
The Cubs have traded pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas for Rangers for five prospects. Garza, 29, is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 71 innings this season and white hot of late going 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. You can see what Chicago got back by clicking here.
The Dodgers pounded Toronto 14-5 on Monday to take over first place in the N.L. West. It was the Dodgers fourth straight win and their 21st win in their last 26th game.
Matt Moore won his 14th game two hitting the Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Fenway Monday night. It was Tampa Bay’s 18th win in their last 20 games.
Last year’s triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera left yesterday’s game with the White Sox with a sore hip flexor. Cabrera is hitting .359 with 31 homers and 96 RBIs and has been one of the most durable players in baseball playing at least 157 games in eight of the last nine years.
Ohio State suspends three
Ohio State has suspended three players including leading rusher Carlos Hyde. The Buckeye tailback is considered person of interest in an assault on a woman Saturday night at downtown Columbus bar. Hyde averaged 97 yeards per game rushing last year and scored 17 all purpose touchdowns. Read all about it by clicking here.
The Broncos Von Miller to appeal PED four-game ban
Von Miller, the Denver Broncos All-Pro pass rushing linebacker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Miller is appealing the suspension and is vehemently denying the allegations on twitter.
Greg Oden will work out for Heat, Pelicans and Kings
It must be great to be 7-foot with minimal basketball talents. Ex-Ohio State center Greg Oden is close to making a decision as to where to launch his comeback and will work out for three teams this week. Oden hasn’t played since 2009 and played just 82 games (for Portland) after coming out of Ohio State after his freshman year. He’s had three micro-surgeries on his left knee, the last in February of 2012.
Nate Robinson gets two-year deal with Nuggets
Journeyman PG Nate Robinson has parlayed a big playoff run with the Chicago Bulls into a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. The 5’9″ two-time slam dunk champion averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in 82 regular appearances backing up Kirk Heinrich and stepped that up to 16.3 ppg in the playoffs. At two years for $4.03 million, Robinson looks like a steal.
Barcelona hires Gerardo Martino as coach
Barcelona has hired Argentine Gerardo Martino to replace ailing Tito Vilanova as coach on a two-year deal. Vilanova was forced to step down after a recurrence of throat cancer that he’s battled in recent years. Martino led Newell’s Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season and figure to work well with Barca all-world striker Lionel Messi who is also Argentine.
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