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While a report suggests MLB may seek a lifetime ban for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, he apparently won't take the path taken by Ryan Braun earlier this week. [Rodriguez] has no intention of negotiating a settlement with Major League Baseball, two persons close to Rodriguez told USA TODAY Sports, and currently plans to appeal any potential suspension. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, while Rodriguez continues to seek counsel from his legal team. Major League Baseball is prepared to suspend Rodriguez at least 100 games, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation, for his role with Biogenesis, alleged lies about past performance-enhancing drug use and possible interference in the investigation. (USA Today Sports) Comment
The preseason buzz has started a little early for star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and it isn't great news in Columbia. The University of South Carolina's athletic department is looking into whether [Clowney] has been in contact with agent JAY Z. Such contact could constitute an NCAA violation, which could jeopardize Clowney's eligibility with the Gamecocks, depending on the circumstances of the contact. NCAA rules prohibit players accepting cash or things of value from agents before their eligibility has expired. South Carolina Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations Steve Fink confirmed that the matter is being checked out by the Gamecocks' compliance office, calling it "standard operating procedure" in an email to NFL Draft 365. (NFL.com) Comment
On a day when Bill Belichick is expected to make his first public comments since Aaron Hernandez's arrest, the former Patriots tight end may have more legal trouble coming his way. Prosecutors have begun making the case to a Suffolk County grand jury that [Hernandez] should be charged in the shooting death of two men on a South End street last July, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. "The case against Hernandez appears to be strengthening," one of the officials said. ??? The proceedings are conducted behind closed doors, so details of the case against Hernandez are unknown. But the fact that the case has gone to a grand jury indicates that the investigation of the killing of two Cape Verdean immigrants is now more narrowly focused on Hernandez. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Justin Morneau scores against the Angels on Tuesday night.
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