Selig says A. Rodriguez 'shamed the game'
Bud Selig said New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez has "shamed the game," though the baseball commissioner indicated no plans to punish the three-time American League Most Valuable Player. "I am saddened by the revelations," Selig said in a statement issued yesterday, four days after Rodriguez admitted he used unspecified drugs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. Players and owners didn't agree to a joint drug program until August 2002, and testing with punishment didn't start until 2004.
More Rodriguez: : Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, has extended an invitation to Rodriguez to discuss steroids at an anti-drug event. Cummings wrote a letter to Rodriguez this week, asking him to attend the "Powered by ME!" conference in Timonium in April. Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who admitted taking steroids once, spoke to the campaign last year.
Et cetera: : U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston dismissed most of ex-star pitcher Roger Clemens' defamation lawsuit against his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, saying statements made in the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball are protected. ... The Nationals introduced outfielder-first baseman Adam Dunn, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal. ... The Angels agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with outfielder Bobby Abreu, who can make another $1 million in performance bonuses. ... Second baseman Dan Uggla won his arbitration case against the Marlins and was awarded $5.35 million. Florida had offered $4.4 million. ... Right-hander Braden Looper and the Brewers agreed to a one-year contract for $4.75 million with an option for 2010. ... Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.825 million. ... Outfielder Delmon Young and the Twins agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.152 million contract. ... Former All-Star Jose Offerman was sued in response to a bat-wielding attack at a minor league game Aug. 14, 2007, that injured two opposing players. Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish catcher John Nathans filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, seeking $4.8 million in damages.
D.C. wholesaler, son plead guilty in fishing case
A fish wholesaler and his son pleaded guilty in the largest investigation of illegal commercial fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. The Justice Department said Robert Moore Sr. and his son Robert Moore Jr. entered their pleas yesterday in U.S. District Court in Washington. The elder Moore owns Cannon Seafood Inc. in Georgetown, where his son also works. Prosecutors said the Moores and at least three fishermen illegally harvested and sold hundreds of thousands of pounds of striped bass, which are highly protected. Under terms of a plea agreement, Cannon Seafood has agreed to pay a fine of $80,000 and pay $28,000 in restitution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Moore Sr. has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and pay $15,000 in restitution to the NFWF, and Moore Jr. has agreed to pay a $30,000 fine and pay $10,000 in restitution to the same foundation. The court set a sentencing date of May 8.
Auto racing: : Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon won qualifying races in Daytona Beach, Fla., for Sunday's season-opening Sprint Cup event, the Daytona 500. By winning the Gatorade Duels races, Busch and Gordon will start in the second row Sunday. Four spots were up for grabs to cars not otherwise qualified for NASCAR's biggest event of the year. Those went to A.J. Allmendinger, Jeremy Mayfield, Scott Riggs and Regan Smith. Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin earned the top two positions in qualifying Sunday.
NFL: : Panthers owner and former Baltimore Colt Jerry Richardson, 72, cleared another hurdle in his recovery from a heart transplant when he was released from the Carolinas Medical Center, 12 days after the surgery. ... Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for troubled Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, sent an e-mail to NFL teams this week letting them know Burress was one of his three clients who wants to be traded, an NFL executive told the Associated Press. The other two are wide receivers Anquan Boldin of the Cardinals and Chad Johnson of the Bengals. ... The Redskins waived punter Ryan Plackemeier. ... The Saints released wide receiver David Patten. ... The Titans promoted Chuck Cecil from secondary coach to defensive coordinator to fill the spot left vacant when Jim Schwartz (Mount St. Joseph) was hired as the Lions' head coach last month. ... The Broncos promoted Brian Xanders from assistant general manager to GM.
NBA: : Shawn Marion's dunk with 1.1 seconds left gave the visiting Heat (28-24) a 95-93 win over the Bulls (23-30). ... Celtics guard Ray Allen was in the team's lineup against the Mavericks, a day after his right thumb was hyperextended. ... Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was fined $25,000 by the league for publicly criticizing referee Joey Crawford after a loss to the Pacers this week.
Golf: : Michelle Wie made her debut as a full-fledged LPGA Tour member, birdieing her final three holes for a 6-under-par 66 in the first round of the SBS Open in Kahuku, Hawaii. Wie, 19, was tied with Yani Tseng, a stroke behind leader Angela Stanford. ... Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson shot 7-under 65s to share the lead at the PGA AT&T; Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Colleges:: Connecticut guard Jerome Dyson will need surgery on his right knee and could miss the rest of the season. He was injured Wednesday against Syracuse. ... Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz agreed to a new, seven-year contract that includes the same salary and bonus structures as his previous deal.
Varsity: : Donte Stuckey scored 44 points and the host No. 4 Walbrook boys basketball team won in overtime, 87-85, over No. 15 Patterson (15-4). With the Warriors (17-2) trailing 79-77, Roscoe Smith (25 points) dunked with two seconds left to force overtime.
Soccer:: Prince George's County delegates will introduce legislation that would allow Major League Soccer's D.C. United to move to Maryland and build a stadium. Sen. Anthony Muse and Delegate Melony Griffith will announce the legislation Monday in Largo.