NEW YORK (AP) – The Miami New Times has obtained files from a recently closed anti-aging clinic in South Florida linking Alex Rodriguez and other baseball players to the purchase of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball says it is “extremely disappointed” and is actively involved in the investigation. Other players on the list include 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2012 Cy Young Award finalist Gio (JEE’-oh) Gonzalez, former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOH’-loh kuh-LOHN’) and Nelson Cruz.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spent much of yesterday’s Super Bowl media day ducking questions concerning a Sports Illustrated report that says he used deer antler spray to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. The company, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS), says its deer-antler substance contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone. Lewis dismissed the report as “stupidity” as he prepares for his final game before retiring at age 37.
NEW YORK (AP) – Executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law from the NBA players’ association. The firings come less than two weeks after a review criticized his hiring practices. In a letter to the union’s special committee of players, dated Jan. 23, Hunter informed them that Robyn Hunter was to be let go as of Jan. 25. Megan Inaba will stay on through the All-Star break to help coordinate activities in Houston before leaving her job on Feb. 17.
UNDATED (AP) – If Allen Iverson makes a basketball comeback, it won’t be with the Dallas Mavericks Development League affiliate. The 37-year-old former NBA most valuable player has turned down an offer from the Texas Legends, tweeting that “it is not the route for me.”
UNDATED (AP) – Colorado Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (JOOL’-ees chah-SEEN’) has avoided arbitration by finalizing a two-year, $6.5 million contract. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million package rather than head to arbitration. And Freddy Garcia and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.