Monday MLB drug deal deadline
NEW YORK (AP) — Looming playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball’s latest drug scandal as pressure builds to impose penalties so stars can still make the postseason.
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. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October.
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.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Most players face 50-game suspensions for their links to the now-closed Florida clinic, which has been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
But baseball is threatening to kick Rodriguez out for life unless the three-time AL MVP agrees to a long ban, perhaps around 200 games.
Flederbach leaving Arizona for IU
Former Western High School student Kait Flederbach has been granted release from the University of Arizona, clearing her to transfer for her senior season. The Westfield High School graduate is expected to transfer to Indiana and swim for the Hoosiers, according to swimswam.com.
In three seasons at Arizona Flederback scored All-American honors seven times. She placed 17th in the 50 free at the NCAA meet earlier this year, and was 20th in the 100 free. She also finished sixth in the 50 free the 2012 Olympic Trials, and was 11th at this year’s World Championship trials.
Indiana finished 11th as a team at the NCAA championships this past season.