BC-AP Sports Digest
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BBA--THE LIFE AND TIME OF A-ROD
NEW YORK - Through three MVP awards, 14 All-Star selections, two record-setting contracts and countless controversies, Alex Rodriguez has become baseball's marked man, the biggest and wealthiest target of an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs that's likely to culminate with a lengthy suspension Monday. Instead of A-Rod following the record-setting paths of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, there's even an outside chance he could wind up in permanent baseball exile along with Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson. By Ronald Blum.
- BBO--MLB Drug Investigation-Q&A. By Ronald Blum.
- TRENTON, N.J. - BBA--Rodriguez-Trenton. Starts 7:05 p.m. By Rob Maaddi.
LAS VEGAS - The last player to be banned for life from baseball makes his living these days signing autographs. Pete Rose has some advice for Alex Rodriguez if he wants to avoid the same fate. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
GLF--WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Inbee Park wanted tough conditions at St. Andrews to try to make up an eight-shot deficit in her pursuit of a fourth straight major. It turned out to be too tough for anyone. The third round of the Women's British Open was suspended by gusts that topped 40 mph. Players are to return Sunday morning to face a marathon finish - if the wind calms. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Sent.
AKRON, Ohio - After making a run at a historic 59 but falling short by two strokes, Tiger Woods carries a seven-shot lead into the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational. He's halfway home to his eighth victory at Firestone Country Club. By Rusty Miller.
- RENO, Nev. - GLF--Reno-Tahoe Open.
- BLAINE, Minn. - GLF--Champions Tour.
FBN-HALL OF FAME
CANTON, Ohio - Six men with championship rings and the No. 4 career receiver in NFL history will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The champions are coach Bill Parcells, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, defensive tackles Warren Sapp and Curley Culp, and linebacker Dave Robinson. The man with the golden hands is Cris Carter. Starts 7 p.m. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.
- CANTON, Ohio - FBN--Hall of Fame Game. Sent.
- CANTON, Ohio - FBN--Bag Policy. Sent.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Andy Reid scoffs at the notion that he's rejuvenated. What does that mean, anyway? He was out of work for only about 10 minutes. But now that the former Eagles coach is in the midst of his first training camp with a different franchise in 15 years, those around the new Chiefs coach say that Reid's more relaxed than he has been in a long time. By Dave Skretta. Sent.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - In his first two seasons in the NFL, Patrick Peterson made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner, then as a cornerback. Now in training camp, he's catching passes, throwing them and running with the ball. No doubt about it, new coach Bruce Arians has plans for the dynamic player on offense. By Bob Baum.
FBN--REDSKINS-THE OTHER RG3
RICHMOND, Va. - Rex Grossman - Rex Grossman III, actually - wishes he had thought of emphasizing his Roman numerals a decade ago. "It would have been cool to put it on my jersey as a rookie,'' he said. Instead, he's the Washington Redskins' other RG3, the third-string veteran along for the ride. By Joseph White. Sent.
BOSTON - John Henry transformed the Boston Red Sox from a backwards ballclub in a dilapidated park into one of baseball's most successful franchises. Now he will try to help The Boston Globe stop shedding staff, subscribers and advertisers in a newspaper industry with an uncertain future. By Jimmy Golen.
BOSTON - Jake Peavy (8-4) makes his first start since being traded to the Red Sox when they face Arizona. Patrick Corbin (12-2) pitches for the Diamondbacks. Starts 7:10 p.m. By Jimmy Golen.
CHICAGO - The Los Angeles Dodgers try to make it 13 straight road wins and take sole possession of the franchise record as they continue their four-game series against the Chicago Cubs. They matched the club mark set by the 1924 Brooklyn Robins with Friday's 6-2 victory. Starts 4:05 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Matt Garza tries to pitch the Texas Rangers to a sixth straight victory, starting opposite Jarrod Parker and the Oakland Athletics in the middle of a three-game series. The A's are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers in the AL West. Starts 4:05 p.m.
BARCELONA, Spain - Missy Franklin wins her fifth gold medal of the world championships with an easy victory in the 200-meter backstroke, tying the record for most titles by a woman at the meet. Another American teen, Katie Ledecky, wraps up a brilliant meet with her fourth gold medal and second world record, this time in the 800 freestyle. By Paul Newberry. Sent.
- SWM--Swim Worlds-Hail Cesar. By Andrew Dampf.
- SWM--Swim Words-Water Polo. By Joseph Wilson.
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon turns 42 on Sunday. What better way to celebrate than with his first win of the season? Gordon won the race last August at Pocono Raceway, and he's trying to make it two straight to bolster his Chase push. By Dan Gelston. Sent.
- NEWTON, Iowa - CAR--NASCAR-Nationwide. Starts 8 p.m. By Luke Meredith.
- LONG POND, Pa. - NASCAR-Trucks. Started 1 p.m. By Dan Gelston.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay finds himself in danger of getting lapped by series leader Helio Castroneves heading into this weekend's race at Mid-Ohio. Hunter-Reay says it's time to go for broke. By Will Graves.
FBC--OHIO ST-CAMP BEGINS
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After several weeks of questions and controversy, the focus on Ohio State football finally shifts to the field. The Buckeyes head into their first practice Sunday with several concerns, but with positives pointing to a run at the national championship. By Rusty Miller. Sent.
LOS ANGELES - Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid take on Everton in the semifinals of the Guinness International Champions Cup in the first soccer game ever staged at historic Dodger Stadium. Starts 8 p.m. By Greg Beacham.
- LOS ANGELES - SOC--Juventus-Galaxy. Starts 10:30 p.m. By Greg Beacham.
- WASHINGTON - TEN--Washington. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich.
- CARLSBAD, Calif. - TEN--Carlsbad.
- KITZBUEHEL, Austria - TEN--Kitzbuehel. Sent.
- BBA--AL Capsules.
- BBN--NL Capsules.
- BKL--WNBA Capsules.
- GLF--Golf Capsules.
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Kansas City at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.
Seattle at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Arizona at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Toronto at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Connecticut at New York, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
New York at Sporting Kansas City, 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Columbus at Houston, 9 p.m.
Chivas USA at San Jose, 10 p.m.
FC Dallas at Seattle FC, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Portland, 11 p.m.
Sabres ruin Stamkos' return to Lightning with 3-1 win
Seguin's hat trick leads Stars in rout of Canucks