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tiger and steroids

…A new book about New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career includes revelations about another sports superstar: Tiger Woods. Released Tuesday, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, co-authored by Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday, claims that the Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea who treated Rodriguez also visited Woods 14 times between January and August of 2009 and charged Woods a total of $76,012 as he recovered from knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory. Previous reports had identified only four or five visits. While both Woods and Galea have said that the
14-time major winner received only legal platelet-rich plasma therapy, Galea pled guilty in 2011 to smuggling human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes. The book also reports that according to the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Mark Lindsay, an associate of Galea’s who also treated Rodriguez, visited Woods’ 49 times from September of 2008 to October of 2009 and charged Woods’ $118,979. From late 2008 through 2009, when Woods was facing the worst injury of his career and Rodriguez was sidelined with a lingering hip problem, they sometimes talked abut the cutting-edge techniques of the two Canadian physicians treating both of them at the same time: Anthony Galea and Mark Lindsay.

…A pair of New York Mets prospects were jailed over the weekend after police busted them in Tennessee for drag racing. The troubled prospects, who both play for the Rookie-level
Kingsport Mets, are 19-year-old Wuilmer Becerra Benavente and 20-year-old Vincente Lupo Perez. According to police, Benavente was driving a 2013 Dodge Challenger when he was clocked at
107 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Perez was clocked at 104 miles per hour behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang. Neither person who carrying a valid driver’s license at the time of arrest.
Well, they are Mets after all.

…Hornets rookie and former North Carolina star guard P.J. Hairston must appear in Durham County Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation during a
pickup basketball game. Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested.
Hairston’s court date is Aug. 8. “If two people get into a fight in North Carolina and there is no serious injury and is not witnessed by an officer, our hands are tied,” Sherwin said.
“We don’t charge people in [unwitnessed] fistfights. They have to file a report with the magistrate office.” Kentrell Barkley, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound rising senior at Northern Durham
High School, says in court documents that Hairston “punched him twice in the head” during a heated basketball game Sunday at the Durham YMCA. “We were playing open gym and I was
running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist,” the 17-year-old Barkley told ESPN.com on Sunday. “I walked up to him and asked him what happened, and then he hit me
again in the neck.” Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, confirmed to ESPN that his client, selected 26th overall in last month’s NBA draft, threw a punch at Barkley. However, Morrow said it
was in retaliation.

…Something tells me that this is one of those things that looks good on paper but doesn’t turn out real well. Self-serve beer stations are up and running in Target Field, so
Minnesota Twins fans and those who attend the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week can decide what they want and even how much they want of it. The machines, called
DraftServ, are a partnership between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch. “It’s a way to engage with the customer and allows the fan to have greater control of what
they’re drinking,” said Jerry Jacobs Jr., principal of Delaware North, whose Sportservice controls the concessions at 10 baseball stadiums, seven arenas that host NBA and NHL fans and
seven NFL stadiums. Fans attending Twins games can go to a cash register, show their ID and preload a $10 or $20 card. For the All-Star Game, a $50 card will be available. Fans then
scan the card at the machine and can choose between four beers and regulate how much they want to have poured. Bud and Bud Light will cost 38 cents per ounce, while Shock Top Lemon
Shandy and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale will cost 40 cents per ounce.

…Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled
Monday. Hernandez was in court for the hearing, which addressed mostly procedural issues. He smiled and mouthed messages to his family before the hearing began. His mother and brother
were among those in court, as were family members of Odin Lloyd, the 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player Hernandez is accused of killing in June 2013. Hernandez is
also charged in Boston in the 2012 killings of two men. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases. Prosecutors did not object to moving Hernandez from the Bristol County House of
Correction in Dartmouth, which is about an hour and 20 minutes’ drive south of Boston. They called baseless defense lawyers’ claims that the former tight end’s privacy and due process
rights were violated by the jail administrator. Judge Susan Garsh ordered the move without addressing his complaints about the administrator.

…Poker pro Jeff Madsen appeared to have been banned from this year’s World Series of Poker after Rio Casino security officials removed him from the property for possession of
marijuana. Madsen claimed on his Twitter account that he had taken some cannabis into a WSOP PLO event to throw into the “pot”, so to speak. On Sunday, Madsen declared he would be
playing in the Main Event after all. He had earlier tweeted: whoaaa turns out i was pretty stoned and misheard security — i actually got 87’d from the Rio — which means i get free
buffet for LIFE woo. Madsen also claimed he was arrested and permitted to keep his drugs. He also admitted to being in possession of Meth. Madsen is best known for being the third-
youngest winner of a World Series of Poker event and the 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.

…Apparently some of the male entrants in the world’s most prestigious poker tournament can’t figure out what a stick figure wearing a skirt means. The second starting day of the 2014
World Series of Poker main event has drawn a field of more than 2,100 players, and the long lines for the men’s bathroom have caused some men to think it’s OK to use the women’s
bathroom in the main hallway—even while women are using it. The vast majority of competitors on main event day 1b were men. Poker pro Vanessa Selbst, who was at the center of a
bathroom controversy at the 2012 WSOP after the Rio decided to convert the women’s bathroom in the main hallway to a second men’s room, Tweeted on Sunday that there was a “constant
flow of men” into the women’s bathroom. Fortunately for all the women in this year’s main event, Selbst has a Twitter following of more than 61,000 and the WSOP quickly stepped in to
stop the mayhem.

…Okay, fantasy football nuts – Pay Attention! DirecTV is already home to the popular NFL Sunday Ticket package and now they are expanding their coverage of the league even further
with “Fantasy Zone,” a new channel offering live fantasy coverage of each Sundays’ games, the network announced. The channel will be a part of their Sunday Ticket Max package and will
be set up in a similar manner to the “Red Zone” channel, which offers roving coverage of all the league’s games. Fantasy Zone will offer running commentary, as well as real time
fantasy statistics, and be hosted by former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones and Kay Adams.

…The Tampa Bay Rays on Monday signed 16-year-old shortstop Adrian Rondon to a $2.9 million deal, Ben Badler of BaseballAmerica.com reported. The Rays didn’t waste any time, signing
the No. 1 international prospect on his first day of eligibility—his 16th birthday was on Mo The deal will effectively put Tampa Bay well beyond 15 percent of their $1.998 million
bonus pool and, as Badler writes, the deal will come with a 100 percent tax on their pool overage. Additionally, it means the Rays are limited to $300,000 contracts for other players
during the next two signing periods. Badler wrote in his scouting report of the 6’2″, 180 pound kid from the Dominican Republic: “He has good bat speed and a quick, compact stroke,
showing a knack for barreling the ball with good plate coverage to make plenty of contact in games…Scouts highest on Rondon think he could make a rapid rise, along the lines of
Starlin Castro.”

…Two University of Miami football players arrested on sexual battery charges against a “physically helpless” 17-year-old girl were dismissed from the team and suspended Tuesday.
Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were booked on the charges Tuesday. Both are 20-year-old linebackers. According to the police report, both players
admitted to buying drinks for the accuser, bringing her back to Figueroa’s dorm room in the early-morning hours of Saturday and repeatedly performing sexual acts, including
intercourse, without her consent while she was intoxicated and “physically helpless to resist.” Both players face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim and are
being held on $10,000 bond, according to the Miami-Dade County records obtained by the Palm Beach Post. Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s
license. No attorney was listed for either man. The Coral Gables police report said the accuser, a UM student, first reported the assault to university police, which turned to the
Coral Gables department to investigate. In a statement released Tuesday, Miami athletic director Blake James said the players had been dismissed from the team and suspended and barred
from campus. “Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team,” James said in the statement. “The University has also suspended the
students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement. “Any
allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of
our students — especially student athletes — to the highest standards of moral conduct.” Miami president Donna E. Shalala said in a statement that the university has “zero tolerance
for sexual assault and gender-based violence” and has spoken to the accuser. If those sentiments are accurate.hat’s one way Miami has differentiated itself from FLorida State.

…Everyone has an opinion on whether the Washington Redskins should change their nickname. This includes one former fugitive named Jake Close who couldn’t help giving his opinion at
the expense of getting caught. It all started when Close was approached by the Press Enterprise recently to give his thoughts on the Redskins name controversy. Close obliged and
allowed his own name and photo to be printed in the paper. “I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato,” Close said. This turned out to be a bad decision
for Close after a police officer came across his name and picture in the paper. You see, Close was wanted in New York for jumping bail on a drug and drunken-driving case, so he was
quickly brought into custody on $25,000 bail.

…The 2014 World Series of Poker, which had 65 summer bracelet events this year, drew 82,360 total entries. It’s a new record, beating last year’s mark by 3.6 percent. That figure
includes the currently ongoing main event. The total prize money awarded this summer will be $225,584,873, which is also a record. The 65 events this summer was an all-time high as
well. Last year, there were 62 bracelet events. A decade ago, just 33 bracelets were awarded in the summer. Expect numbers to continue to grow, as the WSOP shows no signs of slowing
down. Though, some have complained in the past that too many bracelets are being awarded these days.

…Andrew Rector, who fell asleep during a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game on April 13 and was shown on national television, is suing ESPN and MLB for $10 million for
defamation. Rector, 26, is suing after ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk made light of the situation on air. Rector’s lawsuit cites the comments by the broadcasters and MLB’s
distribution of the video as part of an “unending verbal crusade.” The Smoking Gun posted the lawsuit, which includes Rector’s main argument: “Announcers like Dan Shulman and John
Kruck [sic] unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, include but not limited to ‘stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid’
knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world.” Rector’s case also points to the slew of online comments made by other fans.

…On July 5, 1989, the “Seinfeld Chronicles” aired on NBC for the first time and 25 years later, the Brooklyn Cyclones celebrated the “show about nothing” that has left an indelible
mark on popular culture. “Seinfeld Night” festivities included an Elaine Benes dance contest, Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobble heads, a Fattest Wallet contest and more Seinfeld-
related fun. There is no telling what fun that night could be! The Soup Nazi will be on hand as well.

…What began as a weighted no-comment from Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey has developed into a headache for David Ortiz. Ortiz reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2003 —
those results were supposed to have been kept private because the current drug-testing system wasn’t yet in place — but has continued to proclaim his innocence. An MLB Network analyst
apparently referenced that report Monday and said Ortiz gets a “free pass.” Ortiz heard about that remark and went on the defensive”What pisses me off is the whole thing about, why
does my name got to be mentioned in that? What did I have to do with that? I saw on MLB the guys talking about it, and then they brought my name up, and one of the guys said that I got
a free pass on that,” Ortiz told WEEI.com on Monday night. “It was the Lackey and Showalter thing, going back and forth. Showalter didn’t say anything about me.” Added Ortiz: “He wants
to make it sound like I got a free pass because nobody can point fingers at me directly. But the reason why I got that fake [expletive] free pass that he’s saying is because they
pointed fingers at me with no proof. … There’s a reason why I’ve been drug-tested like eight times and we’re not even at the break. Is that a free pass? There’s a reason why I’ve
been tested like 40 times since they approved the policy, the drug policy. Is that a free pass?”

…NFL legend Jim Brown says his 1964 championship ring was stolen from him over 40 years ago and is now being sold at an online auction. Not so fast, says said website. Josh Evans,
the chairman on Lelands.com, said on Tuesday that not only did his company obtain the ring legally, but that Brown himself had seen the ring for sale back in 1998 and never mentioned
that the ring was stolen. “We never sell anything that has been stolen or not authenticated,” Evans said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s unfortunate that (Brown) has gone in this
direction, but it came from a family member who turned around and sold it.” Evans would not name who the family member who gave him the ring back in 1998. Evans was adamant, however,
that Brown knew the ring was his at the time and even saw it at a show. “We advertised selling the ring at a show in the Midwest,” Evans said. “I think it was in Cleveland. And Jim was
going to be at the show signing autographs. He called and we talked and he said he would be there. He was very polite. “At the show, he came over to the booth and asked to see the
ring. I showed it to him. He looked at it and he studied it and he knew it was his. And that was it. He never said anything.”

…Add Brown and Championship Ring – The ring was eventually sold to an individual for $33,000. That same person has now decided to put it up for sale again, and that’s how it came to
Brown’s attention. Brown, for his part, is sticking to his story that the ring was stolen from him. “I haven’t seen the ring since it was stolen from my home. I never authenticated
anything or saw anything. Why would I authenticate a ring that was stolen from me? I don’t know who (Evans) and what he’s talking about. “At no time in my life have I seen the ring
after it was stolen. If a family member had it, then a family member stole it.”

….For only the second time in company history, the UFC has pulled the plug on the fight card announcing Tuesday that UFC 176 has been postponed. The show scheduled in Los Angeles on
Aug. 2 at the Staples Center was set to be headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo against top contender Chad Mendes in a rematch from a bout the two had in 2012. Unfortunately,
Aldo pulled out of the bout with a neck injury that will only sideline him for approximately 45 days, but that was enough time for him to be unable to perform as early as Aug. 2. The
only other time the UFC has had to pull a card like this previously was in 2012 for UFC 151, which was also cancelled after Dan Henderson suffered a late injury forcing him out of the
main event bout against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. With less than two weeks to go until show time, the UFC decided to cancel the show entirely and rebook the fights for a
later date. With Aldo sidelined on just over a month’s notice, the options for the UFC to put together a replacement main event were also slim to none and now they’ve been forced to
make the tough call to yank the show entirely and reschedule for a later date.

…In case you forgot, former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson is playing for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, and he’s not making a big impact. Ochocinco has
recorded just two catches for 20 yards, and the Alouettes are 1-1 on the year. What he is doing and doing well, though, is racking up parking tickets on the streets of Montreal. It’s
not that the wide receiver is intentionally breaking parking laws. He just can’t read French, and this makes it difficult for him to understand the signs in the French-speaking city.
It’s unclear if Johnson will have more parking tickets than catches this season.

…Mike Tyson went on Reddit for a “Ask Me Anything” session last night, and a fan by the handle of Weezilwood asked the former boxing champ for his thoughts on Uruguayan footballer
Luis Suarez’s biting incident last month. Tyson, of course, defended the biter, saying: “I think it is just the heat of the moment, really hot blooded and really competitive. The heat
of the moment takes over us, we are really competitive and lose bad judgement[sic] in our thinking. Sometimes you can just become highly frustrated.” For those who may be too young to
remember — Tyson was temporary banned from boxing after biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 boxing match.

…Edinho, son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele, was arrested in his home in Santos on Tuesday in an effort to prevent him from fleeing the country, reports BBC News. In May, Edinho —
whose full name is Edson Cholbi Nascimento — was sentenced to 33 years in prison for laundering money raised from drug trafficking, but was allowed to remain free during his appeal
process. When authorities requested he hand over his passport and Edinho didn’t comply, they arrested him. The 43-year-old Edinho said he lost his passport, and his lawyer said the
passport was canceled, making the arrest an “unnecessary” surprise. Edinho was previously a goalkeeper for Pele’s former club, Santos.

…With their baseball team in deep despair, the Rangers have tuned up their culinary delights for fans. As the age-old adage goes: Everything’s bigger in Texas. And that’s certainty
is the case when it comes to tacos at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the Rangers unveiled their new two-foot long monstrosity on Monday. Though similar sounding, “The Tanaco” has
nothing to do with Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka. The item’s name comes from combining the words “Taco” and “Nacho.” The Tanaco features a foot of seasoned ground beef and another
foot of seasoned chicken topped with lettuce, nacho cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo and jalapenos. It looks like the Rangers might have been influenced by the D-backs after Arizona
introduced an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon earlier this season.

…While the Cleveland Browns prepare for a season without Josh Gordon, and Gordon prepares for the NFL’s ruling after his latest run-in with the law, some of Gordon’s teammates have
already moved on. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported on Wednesday that while some Browns teammates do realize that Gordon is sick, some of them “want nothing to do with him”. This
includes a teammate saying that Gordon met with a huddle of teammates last season and told them that he wouldn’t be in trouble. “I want to promise you guys that I won’t be in trouble
again,” Gordon said, according to the source. Freeman continues on by saying throughout his talking with teams around the league, that right now, there is no team that will take on
Gordon. “I cannot find a single team or league official who believes that Gordon will not play again.” After declaring to his teammates that substance-abuse was behind him, Gordon
failed another drug test and most recently was arrested on DWI charges. With football being the least of Gordon’s concerns, a ruling from the NFL could keep him out of the league for
at least a year, if not longer.

…Argentina’s win over the Netherlands Wednesday night in Sao Paulo apparently didn’t just come down to the luck of the spot-kick. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero was reportedly able to
guess correctly for two of Holland’s penalty kicks in the 4-2 shootout win after suspiciously pulling out what looked like crib notes from his shorts before each of his opponent’s
kicks. The pieces of paper Romero pulled from his own nether regions between each penalty kick reportedly had data on his opponent’s scoring tendencies and helped the goalkeep make
saves against Holland’s Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder for the victory, according to the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old put the notes back down his shorts as he prepared to
guess the correct direction of his opponent’s kicks in each showdown. Romero’s helpful cheat sheet paid off and put Argentina into their first World Cup final in 24 years with a 4-2
shootout win.

…Former Chicago Bulls player and assistant coach Rick Brunson had a clever trick up his sleeve in order to get an appointment with a masseuse he’d been banned from seeing. Records
show that the 42-year-old Brunson had booked 19 appointments – seven of which were with the accusing party — at Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills (Ill.) from December 2011 through
August 2013. After the last visit (August 21st), the anonymous masseuse asked Brunson to stop requesting her services. Apparently, Brunson’s genius plan to get another 60-minute
massage was to impersonate someone with a bit higher pedigree. Specifically, Patrick Ewing. Brunson used the former Knicks star and Hall of Famer as an alias, and found himself in the
same room with his former masseuse on April 2nd. The masseuse went ahead with the session, as it was a booked time slot. Over the course of the hour, Brunson proceeded to touch her
inappropriately, and he’s now facing charges of sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault and three counts of battery.

…Washington Redskins free safety Tanard Jackson has reportedly been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington Redskins free safety Tanard
Jackson has reportedly been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The 6-foot, 193-pound free safety had been showing great things since getting re
-signed by the Redskins in in May when he was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jackson may have been capable of performing at a high level on the field again, but his NFL
career may be over after violating the league’s substance abuse policy yet again.

…Ouch! Argentina defender Javier Mascherano laid it all on the line for his country on Wednesday. No, I mean he really, really went all out. Mascherano may have saved the game with
a tremendous tackle on Netherlands forward Arjen Robben in the 90th minute to keep the score 0-0. And you know what else happened? He tore his anus. Mascherano, who seemed
embarrassed, told reporters about the unfortunate injury after the game “I do not want to be rude,” he said, as translated by SB Nation. “I tore the anus that play, so the pain…”
Unfortunately, Mascherano is not the first athlete we have featured on LBS that tore his anus. A popular wrestler suffered the same injury last year. The important thing is Argentina
is going to the World Cup final. Imagine tearing your anus and losing? Ouch!

…Florida State receiver Jesus Wilson faces a felony charge of third-degree grand theft motor. A motor scooter was reported stolen on campus June 11 and Wilson was stopped riding it
on June 17 by Tallahassee police. Wilson said a friend loaned him the vehicle. An investigation ensued, and Wilson turned himself in to Leon County Sheriff’s department Wednesday.
Wilson posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from Leon County jail. FSU spokesman Rob Wilson said school policy forbids a player from representing the team when charged with a
felony. Wilson is not eligible to practice or travel, but is not automatically kicked off the team. Wilson, a sophomore, played in 12 games last year and was expected to compete for
starting role in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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