NEW YORK (AP) – Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements no later than Monday, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Thursday. One would list players who accept suspensions; the other would name those disciplined without deals, but who could challenge penalties before an arbitrator.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Love can still practice this month and play in exhibition games, but once the regular season starts he must be away from his team through Sept. 29.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Webb Simpson is the leader heading into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational, with Tiger Woods two shots back. Simpson carded six birdies in an eight-hole stretch en route to a 6-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson. Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore and Chris Wood share third with Woods.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – Inbee Park is in contention as she seeks an unprecedented fourth straight major title. Park fired a 3-under 69 yesterday, leaving her three shots back through one round of the Women’s British Open. Morgan Pressel (PREH’sehl) and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth share the lead at 6-under.