Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 7:00 AM

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — We may never know exactly what Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are being accused of in Major League Baseball's Biogenesis investigation — if they beat the rap.

That's because details likely will be caught in a tangle of legal gymnastics involving MLB, the players' union and probably an arbitrator, who could rule no discipline is warranted.

Lengthy proceedings make it nearly certain most, if not all, suspensions would be served in 2014.

Three people familiar with the investigation said if management and the union can't agree on the process, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz likely would be asked to decide. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

MLB has spent most of the year investigating about 20 players for their links to Biogenesis of America, including A-Rod and Braun, both former MVPs. Miami New Times reported in January that the closed Florida anti-aging clinic had distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers.

Lawyers for the commissioner's office have been interviewing players and many, including Braun, have refused to answer questions about their dealings with Biogenesis, the three people said. Braun was interviewed in late June, and Rodriguez is scheduled to be interviewed Friday.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez says he'll have a day off from his injury rehab assignment Friday — leaving him free for a possible meeting with Major League Baseball investigators.

The New York Yankees third baseman is scheduled for the interview as part of baseball's probe of the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which is accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since.

He was 1 for 3 with an RBI single for Class A Tampa on Wednesday, leaving him 2 for 15. It was his first RBI in six minor league games.

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Rocker told a Cleveland radio station this week that performance-enhancing drugs made Major League Baseball "more entertaining" during the Steroids Era.

Rocker told WKRK-FM on Tuesday: "Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game."

"At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town," he said. "They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That's entertainment."

BALTIMORE (AP) — Right-hander Yu Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers and will miss the All-Star Game next week.

Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back. The move is retroactive to July 6.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The lawyer for a San Francisco Giants pitcher accused of touching a woman's breast at a Las Vegas hospital earlier this year says his client was ill at the time.

Chad Gaudin (GOH'-din), 30, was arrested Jan. 27 and charged July 3 with open and gross lewdness. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported (http://bit.ly/11CURlh) on the case Wednesday.

According to police reports, Gaudin appeared drunk when he approached a 23-year-old woman on a gurney at Desert Springs Hospital, told her she was gorgeous and touched her face and breast.

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PRO FOOTBALL

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semi-pro football player, according to documents filed in Florida.

The records, obtained by The Associated Press, also show that a vehicle wanted in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez's name.

Together, the revelations provide the most damning evidence yet against the 23-year-old star.

Hernandez has been charged in the June killing of Boston semi-pro athlete Odin Lloyd. The records say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez shot Lloyd at an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.

The documents were filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace's mother's home in that city.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford signed a $53 million, three-year extension to stay under contract with the Detroit Lions for at least the next five seasons.

Stafford and the Lions agreed to terms Tuesday on the deal that will pay him another $41.5 million in guarantees, and he signed the contract Wednesday morning.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge reversed an earlier ruling and said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned by attorneys for ticket-holders who sued after they were displaced when seats weren't properly installed for the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.

The ruling issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver in Dallas states that Goodell must give a deposition at NFL headquarters in New York no later than Aug. 5.

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PRO BASKETBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.

The free agent center, who never played one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Bynum accepted the deal on Wednesday night, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the agreement. Earlier Wednesday, Bynum visited the Dallas Mavericks, and earlier this week met with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs are only guaranteeing $6 million and one year to Bynum, the person said. The team has a $12 million option on the second year, and the contract could reach $24 million if Bynum hits certain performance bonuses.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant is working hard to get back on the court and not wasting any time thinking about Dwight Howard.

Bryant said his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon is "progressing faster than anybody expected," though he won't start shooting again until next month.

"I could shoot right now, but you just don't trust that the tendon's holding yet," the Lakers' All-Star guard said. "Typically it's four months minimum until the tendon's holding and it's not going to overstretch."

Bryant spoke at a brief press conference at the start of his annual youth basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara. He said he will be on the court with the campers and walk through some drills.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have picked up the option on coach Mark Jackson's contract for the 2014-15 season.

While both sides could still work out a long-term extension this summer, exercising the option at least ensures Jackson won't enter the upcoming season with an expiring contract.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul can't recall the exact moment he knew that he wanted to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. Once he decided, though, the free agent All-Star was quick to commit.

He signed a five-year deal worth nearly $108 million on Tuesday night, telling the Clippers he wanted to talk about it with the rest of the team's free agent signees on Wednesday.

Paul joined Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins, who both re-signed, along with newly acquired Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, and new coach Doc Rivers at the team's training complex.

NEW YORK (AP) — Executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson is leaving his position at the NBA on Aug. 1, and Rod Thorn will return to the league office as president of basketball operations, the league said.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith to a $54 million, four-year contract.

Smith is the only NBA player to average at least 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal per game since blocks and steals became an official league statistic four decades ago, according to STATS LLC.

CHICAGO (AP) — A legal battle that NBA star Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife have been fighting for years has a new chapter.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1aZN4RF) reports that Siohvaughn Funches-Wade filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Wade is violating the terms of a 2008 agreement that requires his endorsement deals be fully deposited into a joint account they both control.

According to the paper, the lawsuit claims a total of $2 million in damages from Wade, four companies involved in endorsement deals, a financial adviser and an attorney.

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Andersen is returning to the NBA champion Miami Heat, and at a bargain price.

Andersen signed a $1.7 million, one-year deal, becoming the latest in a long line of current Heat players who were willing to sacrifice some salary.

Andersen's move lessens the luxury tax burden the Heat will face this coming season. Andersen could have commanded $3.2 million from the Heat this season, but by taking the lesser deal, he saves the Heat more than $1.5 million on that looming tax bill.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson says he's thrilled to join the Charlotte Bobcats, regardless of their market size and recent struggles.

The team introduced the 6-foot-10 center at a news conference.

The Bobcats also announced they signed first-round draft pick Cody Zeller and waived forward Tyrus Thomas, designating him their amnesty player.

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PRO HOCKEY

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask signed an eight-year contract to stay with Boston.

The signing comes after Rask finished his first full season as a starter with a strong playoff performance. The Bruins lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Bruins say that the annual salary cap charge on Rask's contract is $7 million, but they didn't reveal the total value of the deal.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year, $3 million contract.

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AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR declined to penalize the 31 cars that failed inspection in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Daytona.

"Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted," NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said.

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SOCCER

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal prosecutor challenged the constitutionality of the so-called World Cup law which was signed last year by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff.

The law gives FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, the guarantees it says it needs to organize the 2014 World Cup.

Federal prosecutor Roberto Gurgel questioned four articles of the World Cup law. In his filing, Gurgel contends the law violates citizens' constitutional guarantee to equal treatment, as well as provisions of Brazilian tax law.

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