NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is preparing to kick Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless he accepts a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport’s latest drug scandal. The person says whether Commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime suspension was unclear and a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to about 200 games. A-Rod is the most prominent of 14 players linked in media reports over the past seven months to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs.
UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles found another starting pitcher at the major league trade deadline yesterday, while the Arizona Diamondbacks bolstered their bullpen. The Birds have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from Houston for outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed prospect Josh Hader. The Diamondbacks picked up lefty Joe Thatcher from San Diego, along with a minor leaguer and a draft pick for struggling starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reliever Brian Wilson has signed his one-year contract with the Dodgers and will join the team following a minor league rehab assignment. Wilson hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 12, 2012, the same month he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for next year will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains. The NFL will abandon its old AFC vs. NFC format that has been in place since 1971. The league says fan voting will determine the players in the draft pool.
UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Wizards have worked out a contract extension with former first overall pick John Wall. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press it is worth about $80 million over five years. Wall has averaged 16.9 points, eight assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 35.8 minutes during his career,.