Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis chose not to hold his tongue. Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender. And, if Major League Baseball and the players' union would ever consider a lifetime ban for anyone caught using PEDs, Markakis said he would "100 percent" support that proposal. ... "They are taking opportunities away and they are basically stealing," Markakis said. "Stealing money away from owners because they are basically purchasing damaged products. It's not a good situation all the way around. And all of us that have done it the right way, we are going to suffer." (The Baltimore Sun) Comment
Is Week 1 going to lose a priceless storyline in the nation's biggest market? Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis said Monday it is "too far down the road" to know if he will play in Week 1 against his former team, though coach Greg Schiano remains hopeful. Revis, a four-time Pro Bowl player, has been a common sight at Bucs training camp in recent weeks but has been limited to a light workload as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee. On Monday, Revis covered wide receivers on a separate field from full-team work with quarterback Adam Weber throwing passes. He also participated in walk-through "teach periods" with the top defense, as he has done routinely throughout recent practices. (FOX Sports Florida) Comment
Kobe Bryant's ruptured Achilles' tendon may have ended the Lakers star's late-season run, but, in a way, started another impressive stretch. The initial recovery timetable was set at six to nine months. However, recent reports suggest he may be ready to return for not just the start of the 2013-14 regular season, but as early as training camp. While on tour in China, he said the surgery performed was innovative and thus his recovery has been unique. "The surgical procedure was different [...] and because of that the recovery has been different," Bryant said in the southern city of Shenzhen. "The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we've shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I'm lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that's different." (NBA.com) Comment
Alex Rodriguez addresses his looming suspension for PEDs before the Yankees-White Sox game. (Charles Cherney/AP)
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