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In an all interleague day in baseball, the Yankees bested Miami 9-4, Boston topped Atlanta 5-2, Toronto trumped the Mets 7-1, Pittsburgh edged the White Sox 3-2, Philadelphia slid past Baltimore 2-1, Minnesota won against St. Louis 2-1, Houston doubled up Colorado 8-4, San Diego beat Oakland 3-1, the Angels defeated Arizona 7-1, Tampa Bay bested Washington 5-3, Cleveland edged the Cubs 4-3, Kansas City slid past Milwaukee 3-2, San Francisco blanked Seattle 7-0, and it was the Dodgers over Texas 1-0.

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In the NHL playoffs, Montreal tripled up Tampa Bay 6-2, the Lightning lead the series 3-1 and it was Chicago over Minnesota 4-3 to advance to the Western Conference finals with a 4-0 series sweep.

The New York Rangers are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Washington Capitals lead the series 3-1 and can eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 tonight in New York. The Rangers have vowed to feed off the home crowd to stave off elimination.


In the NCAA Lacrosse tournament, the UAlbany men’s team will face off against No. 8 Cornell tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Ithaca. Today at 2 p.m. the UAlbany women’s team will go head to head with Penn for the spot against No. 4 Syracuse.


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees edged Baltimore 4-3 while Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list, connecting for Number 661. Detroit beat the White Sox 4-1, Kansas City topped Cleveland 7-4, Minnesota won against Oakland 6-5, Texas defeated Tampa Bay 5-4, and it was Houston over the Angels 3-2. Boston starts a series tonight at 7 p.m. against Toronto.


In the NBA, Memphis topped Brooklyn 95-86, Houston beat Phoenix 127-118, Chicago bested Sacramento 104-86, Detroit trumped Charlotte 106-78, and it was Denver over the Lakers 106-96.

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A lawyer for the University of Miami's former pitching coach says Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids. Attorney Frank Quintero Jr. has told The Associated Press that the New York Yankees third baseman confessed to steroids use, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to lawyers in the case. The Miami Herald first reported Rodriguez admitted to using steroids in a January interview with DEA agents and prosecutors.

Miami Beats Boston 93-86; MLB Players Angry At A-Rod

Jan 22, 2014

In the NBA, Miami blew an 18-point lead before scoring the last nine points in a 93-86 win over Boston.

The Brooklyn Nets got big contributions from their reserves in a 101-90 victory against Orlando. Andray Blatche scored a team-high 18 points. It was the Nets' eighth victory in nine games.

It was Oklahoma City over Portland 105-97 with Kevin Durant scoring 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23.

Sacramento beat New Orleans 114-97. Rudy Gay tied a career high with 41 points.

And Utah fell to Minnesota 112-97.

In the NBA, New York has a five-game winning streak after Carmelo Anthony provided 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 98-96 overtime win against Phoenix. Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks.

Houston was a 104-92 winner at Boston behind Dwight Howard's 32 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden and Jeremy Lin each had 16 points as the Rockets moved into a tie for fifth with Golden State in the West.

A-Rod Storms Out Of Grievance Hearing

Nov 21, 2013
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In baseball, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing after an arbitrator refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

In a statement Rodriguez said he was disgusted with the process and wouldn’t participate any further.

In a blockbuster trade, the Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder and cash considerations from the Detroit Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The move gives the Tigers some contract relief and it opens the door to shift two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera to first base.

In the NFL, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. As a result, the Packers fell into a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC North with Detroit and the Bears at 5-4. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he had no exact diagnosis of Rodgers' injury.

Dolphins Beat Cincinnati, NYC Braces For Marathon

Nov 1, 2013

In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins ended a four-game losing streak grabbing a 22-20 triumph over Cincinnati.

Cameron Wake tackled Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:38 remaining in overtime. The safety capped a game in which Miami blew a 17-3 lead before dropping the Bengals to 6-3. Officials reviewed Wake's third sack of the game before confirming the safety.

Mike Carp Hits Grand Slam, Jeter Out For Season

Sep 12, 2013
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In baseball, just two games separate five teams vying for the final American League wild-card berth.

Tampa Bay's lead continued to shrink with a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. Mike Carp had a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar hit one at Milwaukee on June 7th, 2003.

Red Sox Crush Baltimore In Boston

Aug 28, 2013
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In baseball, two teams in the American League in the thick of things in the East met Tuesday night in Boston, and the Red Sox destroyed Baltimore 13-2. Shane Victorino led the way with two home runs and a career-high seven runs batted in.

Mets' Matt Harvey Has Tear In His Elbow

Aug 27, 2013
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In baseball, the New York Mets' rebuilding plan may have taken a huge hit.

National League All-Star game starting pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but the Mets are still hoping he can avoid Tommy John surgery. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.

Checking the scoreboard, the Mets suffered their fifth straight loss. Cody Asche supplied a go-ahead, two-run triple in the fourth inning of Philadelphia's 2-1 win.

Keith Strudler: A-Rod, The Yankees And The Playoffs

Aug 21, 2013

Perhaps the worst thing that could happen to the New York Yankees right now is that they actually make this year’s playoffs. It’s still a long-shot, with the Yanks some five games back and trailing three teams. But given their torrid pace of late, anything is possible. That may be particularly true if Alex Rodriguez plays like the Alex Rodriguez of old, long before he sat out this entire season recovering from hip surgery. He’s looked good so far, way better than the A-Rod that limped his way through last year’s playoff exit, barely able to hit the ball much less run the bases. This is all assuming A-Rod is allowed to play the rest of the season, which feels like a safe bet given his appeal from a 211 game suspension for his use of performance enhancing drugs.

After Loss, Boston Tied For First With Tampa Bay

Aug 21, 2013
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In baseball, Boston has fallen into a two-way tie for first with Tampa Bay in the American League East. Marco Scutaro worked out a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to push San Francisco past the Red Sox 3-2.

In the American League, the Yankees took a pair against Toronto. Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead three-run homer to help New York rally for an 8-4 win over Toronto in the first game of a doubleheader. Robinson Cano hit his 200th homer among four hits and drove in four runs as the Yankees handed the Blue Jays their record 10th straight loss in New York.

Rodriguez Hits Revenge Homer Against Dempster

Aug 19, 2013
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In baseball, Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit Rodriguez. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.

Then Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career home run. It sparked a four-run rally that turned a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.

Dufner Wins First Major Title

Aug 12, 2013
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In golf news, Jason Dufner won his first major title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270.

In baseball, Mariano Rivera blew a 4-2 lead before Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Yankees over Detroit 5-4. Alex Rodriguez also turned boos into cheers after hitting his first homer of the season in the second inning.

Rodriguez Formally Appeals Suspension

Aug 8, 2013
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The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension. He was suspended through the 2014 season Monday when the league penalized 13 players following an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

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New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodridguez is facing a ban that could sit him on the sidelines until 2015.  The slugger, who has often been tied to (but not convicted of) the use of performance enhancing drugs, has vowed to appeal the suspension, handed down yesterday by Major League Baseball.  While he awaits his appeal hearing, Rodriguez, who is baseball's highest played player, suited up and took the field for the Yankees last night.   On today's Vox Pop, Alan Chartock welcome's the Times Union's Pete Iorizzo to discuss baseball's latest crisis. 

Rodriguez Plays On Despite Suspension

Aug 6, 2013
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It was a strange day in baseball Monday…

That was the sound of Chicago White Sox fans booing Alex Rodriguez’s return to the big leagues hours after he was suspended through 2014 by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case, a punishment he plans to appeal. Rodriguez and 12 other players have been given lengthy suspensions after an in-depth probe. All but Rodriguez have accepted their suspensions.

"I am fighting for my life," he said. "If I don't defend myself, no one else will."

A-Rod To Play During Suspension Appeals

Aug 5, 2013
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The Yankees could have Alex Rodriguez in their lineup against Chicago tonight. Major League Baseball informed New York that Rodriguez will be suspended but can play while he appeals the penalty. The Yanks were not told the exact length of the suspension, but were left under the impression it will be through the 2014 season.

It is unclear whether shortstop Derek Jeter can return to the lineup. An MRI revealed a mild strain of his right calf.

Talks With MLB And A-Rod Are Stalled

Aug 2, 2013
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In baseball news, while 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, ESPN reports that negotiations between A-Rod and Major League Baseball have stalled over Rodriguez's desire to make sure he can cash in on some of the $100 million owed under his contract.

On the scoreboard, the Red Sox came back to beat the Mariners 8-7 last night and sweep Seattle in the three-game series. Daniel Nava's long single to center field capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Is A-Rod Giving Up The Fight?

Aug 1, 2013
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Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline has passed, but the clock is ticking for possible steroid suspensions.

ESPN reports that after Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer said his client would fight any discipline from Major League Baseball for alleged steroid use, A-Rod's representatives are now negotiating a possible settlement that could result in a lengthy suspension. The Yankees expect Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB's investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past.

Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, Sox Move On Jake Peavy

Jul 31, 2013
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It’s July 31 and in baseball today is the non-waiver trade deadline. As the clock struck down to the final moments the Red Sox decided to move on White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy as part of a three-team, seven-player deal. The Red Sox acquired reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit and sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers.

Rodriguez Suspension Could Be Soon

Jul 30, 2013
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Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator.

Checking the scoreboard, Tampa Bay is back on top of the American League East, winning 2-1 over Boston. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won't be suspended for destroying two dugout phones with his bat during this weekend's series in Baltimore. Cleveland beat the White Sox 3-2. It was Texas over the Angels 4-3 and Oakland topped Toronto 9-4.

A-Rod And Yankees At Odds Over Return

Jul 25, 2013
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In baseball news, facing the threat of a lifetime ban for the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez says he is ready to return and wants to play Friday in the game against the Rays.

On Wednesday Rodriguez sought a second medical opinion on his leg injury from Dr. Michael Gross who initially said that his reading of the MRI showed no damage to Rodriguez's quad that should keep him off the field. It was later revealed that Gross did not examine Rodriguez.

Ryan Braun Suspended, Reputation Tarnished

Jul 23, 2013
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Ryan Braun is the first player to receive a suspension stemming from Major League Baseball's investigation of players reportedly linked to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, causing him to miss the team's final 65 games.

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In baseball news, Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning — his second of the game — and the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez won’t be ready to rejoin the team any time soon. The team said in a statement that Rodriguez has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle.

Elsewhere in the American League, Tampa Bay beat Toronto 4-3. Cleveland topped Minnesota 7-1. Detroit slid by Kansas City 4-1. Seattle cruised ahead of Houston 12-5. Oakland shut out the Angels 6-0 and Baltimore doubled up Texas 4-2.

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In golf news, the British Open starts today. Tiger Woods is trying for his 15th major title -- but first in five years. Also competing is U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.

Moving over to baseball, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that Alex Rodriguez could be back in pin stripes Monday or Tuesday, after a day off. If the team decides the third baseman is not ready for major league games he has to go back on the disabled list.

In racing news, opening day at Saratoga Race Course is tomorrow.

Cespedes Wins Home Run Derby

Jul 16, 2013
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In baseball news, Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics won the Home Run Derby. He edged Washington's 20-year-old Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round of the eight-player competition.

In tonight’s All-Star game, the Mets' Matt Harvey will be the starting pitcher for the National League and Detroit's Max Scherzer for the American League. Harvey becomes the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.

Celtics Hire Brad Stevens As Head Coach

Jul 4, 2013

In the NBA, the search in Boston to replace Doc Rivers is over. The Celtics hired Butler's Brad Stevens as head coach. Stevens has spent the last six years as the head coach of Butler, twice leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game.

Moving over to baseball news, pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to end Boston's 2-1 win over San Diego. Mike Carp had two hits and scored a run for Boston, which is 7-1 on its nine-game homestand.