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Sports briefs: Jan. 27

BASEBALL

Former Lafayette standout Roe gets 50-game suspension

Right-hander Chaz Roe, the 2005 Mr. Baseball from Lafayette, has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor-league drug program. Roe tested positive for an amphetamine, the commissioner's office said Thursday.

Roe is a free agent, and his suspension will start when he signs with a major-league organization.

The 25-year-old Roe, taken by Colorado with the 32nd overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft, was traded to Seattle in December 2010 for infielder Jose Lopez and went 0-7 with a 6.59 ERA in 10 starts and 23 relief appearances last year at Triple-A Tacoma.

Eight players have been suspended this year under the minor-league program.

Yankees make Kuroda contract official

The New York Yankees have finalized their $10 million, one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. The deal, which had been pending a physical, was agreed to on Jan. 13, the same night the Yankees acquired right-hander Michael Pineda from Seattle in a trade that sent catcher Jesus Montero to the Mariners. Kuroda was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last year. The 36-year-old had a 41-46 record with a 3.45 ERA in four seasons in Los Angeles.

Reds have deal with reliever Arredondo

The Cincinnati Reds have reached agreement on a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo, their last player left in salary arbitration. The Reds signed the 27-year-old pitcher to a minor-league deal in January 2010, knowing he would likely have reconstructive elbow surgery a few weeks later. He spent the whole year on the disabled list. Arredondo made $480,000 last season, when he went 4-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 53 appearances around two stints on the disabled list.

NBA

Bledsoe gets D-League assignment

The Los Angeles Clippers have assigned guard Eric Bledsoe to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League for a two-game rehabilitation assignment. The former Kentucky guard has been sidelined since having right knee surgery in October. Clippers General Manager Neil Olshey says if Bledsoe performs as expected, the team anticipates him rejoining them for the Clippers' trip to Denver on Saturday. Bledsoe averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 81 games as a rookie last season.

NFL

Buccaneers name Schiano head coach

The Buccaneers are counting on Greg Schiano to lead them back to respectability and transform Tampa Bay into consistent winners — much in the same way he did Rutgers. The 45-year-old former Scarlet Knights coach was hired Thursday, more than three weeks after the Bucs fired Raheem Morris following a 4-12 record. Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik confirmed Tamp Bay has signed Schiano to a five-year contract in an email to The Associated Press. Schiano was at Rutgers for 11 seasons, taking them from college football laughingstocks to a program that has had winning records in six of the last seven years. He was an assistant coach in the NFL with Chicago from 1996-98.

Ex-Bengal to coach high school football

Jon Kitna was hired as the football coach at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., after retiring from a 15-year NFL career. Kitna was introduced Thursday. He was recently hired at his old high school as a math teacher. Kitna received his math education degree at Central Washington University, where he was a standout quarterback and led the Wildcats to a share of the 1995 NAIA national title. Kitna went on to an NFL career with Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and wrapped up his career as a backup for the Dallas Cowboys.

McClain sued for 'brutal assault'

An Alabama man who was allegedly assaulted by Rolando McClain and another man has sued the Oakland Raiders linebacker, alleging "brutal and prolonged assault and battery." Christian Tapscott of Decatur filed suit Wednesday in Morgan County Circuit Court seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages from McClain and Jadarious Willingham. The suit says Tapscott sustained broken bones, bruises and lacerations. It alleges that McClain "smiled and laughed as he pointed a gun at Mr. Tapscott and Mr. Tapscott begged him not to kill him."

HORSE RACING

N.Y. jockeys will be given breathalyzers

Thoroughbred jockeys will soon be tested for alcohol consumption before races in New York. The state Racing and Wagering Board rule adopted Wednesday means all jockeys will be given breath tests and can be barred from racing if their blood alcohol content is .05 percent or higher. That's below the .08 standard for driving while intoxicated, but enough to be considered impaired. Violators could also be suspended beyond race day, fined or ordered into counseling. The testing will begin April 27, in time for the Saratoga meet.

AUTO RACING

Daytona 500 winner to drive trucks

Former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton is getting back behind the wheel in NASCAR. He's bringing his son along, too. Burton signed with Hillman Racing and will drive in next month's season-opening Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Hillman also agreed to start a driver development program for Burton's 19-year-old son, Jeb, who will eventually drive Hillman's No. 27 Chevrolet in the Truck Series. Ward Burton last competed in a Sprint Cup race in 2007.

SOCCER

Solo practices despite leg injury

U.S. soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo was back on the practice field Thursday, one day before the game that will determine whether the Americans go to the Olympics. Solo pulled her right quadriceps during a workout Sunday and aggravated it during Tuesday's game against Mexico. She had her right thigh heavily wrapped by a trainer Thursday before taking the field, where she worked through routine footwork, catching and stretching drills. The heavily favored U.S. team plays Costa Rica on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

U.S. men beat Panama 1-0 in friendly

Graham Zusi scored his first international goal in the eighth minute, and the United States beat Panama 1-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Panama City for its third straight win. Using mostly backups while the regulars remained with their European clubs and playing nearly the entire second half a man short, the Americans evened their record at 4-4-1 under Jurgen Klinsmann.

The last word

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul objected when Lakers center Pau Gasol patted the 6-foot Paul on the head in the closing seconds of Wednesday's victory over the Clippers:

"He touched the top of my head, and I didn't like that, you know what I mean? I don't know if Pau's got kids, but don't touch my head like I'm one of your kids. I don't know what his intentions were, like, 'I'll treat him like little Chris.' I don't know if he's got kids, but I'm not one of them."

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