Major league baseball
A-Rod denies PED use report
Alex Rodriguez denied a newspaper report that accused him of buying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from a Miami-area clinic.
The Miami New Times, an alternative weekly, reported Tuesday that it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal from a clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch. The paper also posted copies of what it said were Bosch's handwritten records, obtained through a former Biogenesis employee.
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Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03. Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were suspended for 50 games each last year by MLB following tests for elevated testosterone.
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances," MLB said in a statement. "Only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. ... We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information."
Rodriguez is sidelined for at least the first half of the season after hip surgery Jan. 16. A 50-game suspension would cost him $7.65 million of his $28 million salary.
"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true," Rodriguez's publicist said in a statement. "He was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate."
Rodriguez spent years denying he used PEDs before Sports Illustrated reported in February 2009 that he tested positive for two steroids in MLB's anonymous survey while with the Texas Rangers in 2003. Two days later, he admitted in an ESPN interview that he used PEDs over a three-year period. He has denied using PEDs after 2003.
If the new allegations were true, the Yankees would face high hurdles to get out of the final five years of Rodriguez's contract, which call for him to receive $114 million. Because management and the players' union have a joint drug agreement, an arbitrator could determine that any action taken by the team amounted to multiple punishments for the same offense.
The Yankees said "this matter is now in the hands of the commissioner's office" and said they will not comment further until MLB's investigation ends.
High school basketball
Lexington Catholic boys edge Dunbar
Midway through the fourth quarter, Tanner Johnson hit a game-tying three-pointer and Jack Whitman made a basket that put No. 24 Lexington Catholic ahead for good in a 55-52 victory at No. 16 Paul Laurence Dunbar. Whitman was 10-for-13 from the field and finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs' William Gary scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds.
■ Lafayette outscored Lexington Christian by 24 in the second quarter in an 84-56 victory at home. Jackson Davis had 21 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals for the Generals. Tranard Chester and Nick Trisko added 19 and 16 points, respectively.
■ West Jessamine's Chase Fain had 30 points, 15 rebounds and three steals in the Colts' 69-55 victory at Boyle County. Daulton Peters added 18 points and eight rebounds. Hagan Tyler made 14 of his 17 free-throw attempts and led the Rebels with 23 points.
■ Owsley County's Izaiah Allen hit a shot at the buzzer to force overtime in an 87-83 victory against visiting Powell County. Allen scored a career-high 39 points, and 24 of those came during the fourth quarter and overtime.
■ Sayre, led by 35 points and 10 rebounds by Ray Brewer, cruised to an 82-54 victory at home against Monticello.
■ Eleventh-ranked Montgomery County got 30 points and 11 rebounds from Omar Prewitt in a 64-52 win at Mason County.
■ No. 16 Paul Laurence Dunbar jumped out to a 17-point lead by halftime and held on from there for a 67-52 victory at home against No. 24 Lexington Catholic. Ezhaunaai Ighodaro led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Brooke Todd had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Rachel Blake had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Knights.
■ Nora Kielser nearly had a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots in No. 8 Assumption's 63-48 victory against Central in the Louisville Invitational Tournament at Bellarmine University. Katie Friedrich led the Rockets with 18 points and also had nine rebounds and three assists.
■ China Dow had 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead Louisville Christian to a 57-43 victory against Male in the Louisville Invitational Tournament.
Stokes, Vols escape with win over Vandy
Jarnell Stokes scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Tuesday as host Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 58-57 for its second consecutive one-point victory. Vanderbilt's Kedren Johnson had a chance to win the game for Vanderbilt as he drove to the basket in the closing seconds, but his shot went off the backboard and rolled off the front end of the rim. Kevin Bright grabbed the offensive board but missed the potential game-winner.
Tennessee was coming off a 54-53 victory Saturday over Alabama. In that game, the opposing team also had a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
Borel to miss another week at Oaklawn
Jockey Calvin Borel needs another week for his broken wrist to heal before racing for his 5,000th victory. Oaklawn Park said Tuesday that Borel won't be in the saddle when live Thoroughbred racing resumes this weekend at the track in Hot Springs, Ark. Borel had 4,999 victories heading into the season at Oaklawn when he broke a wrist during training on Jan. 8. He was hurt in a mishap in a starting gate. The track said Borel hopes to return to racing the week of Feb. 7.
Jennings leads Bucks past Pistons
Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks, who led by as much as 29 points.
Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight both scored 10.
Bengals RB coach Anderson retires
Jim Anderson retired after spending the last 29 years as Cincinnati's running backs coach, the longest tenure of any Bengals coach. Anderson joined the team in 1984 after coaching at various colleges. He worked under five Bengals head coaches — Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis.
The last word
Two days after learning that Rajon Rondo has a torn knee ligament that will keep him out the rest of the season, the Celtics returned to practice for the first time to work on an extended future without the All-Star point guard. Kevin Garnett said:
"I think it's kind of settling in and I think everybody is trying to put their arms around the concept that he's actually hurt, hurt to the point where he can't play. That's what had everybody in a fog, even him. He came in this morning and seeing him in there was kind of unreal. The fact that it is real, everybody is going to consolidate and pick up the pieces and try to carry this thing."