Wednesday’s Sports In Brief
MIAMI (AP) A lawyer for the University of Miami’s former pitching coach said Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic.
Attorney Frank Quintero Jr., who represents Lazaro ”Laser” Collazo in his defense against charges of conspiracy to distribute performance-enhancing drugs, 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 defense lawyers.
The Miami Herald first reported Rodriguez’s admission, saying he met with DEA agents on Jan. 29 at the agency’s South Florida field office. Given a grant of immunity from prosecution, Rodriguez told investigators he did use banned substances between late 2010 and October 2012 supplied by Anthony Bosch, who owned the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables.
Rodriguez has publicly denied any use of banned substances during his time with the Yankees, which began in 2004.
NEW YORK (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours to start Ray Rice’s appeal hearing, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.
Rice and his wife, Janay, will testify on Thursday at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Jones has told both sides not to discuss details of the private hearing. The source said Goodell spent much of his testimony under cross examination by Rice’s attorneys.
League security chief Jeffery Miller and Ravens President Dick Cass are among the key witnesses expected to testify in the two-day hearing.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Terry and Kim Pegula are committed to building a stadium for the Buffalo Bills and are working on ending the team’s series of annual home games in Toronto.
Those were among the topics the franchise’s new owners touched upon during a wide-ranging 20 minute interview with The Associated Press.
”Well, there’s going to be a new stadium somewhere, that’s all I know,” Terry Pegula said. ”The league was pretty emphatic that Buffalo, we’re a small market, needs to be as competitive as we can.”
The one answer the Pegulas couldn’t provide yet is a location, timeline or how the costs of a new stadium will be split.
Kim Pegula said she and her husband will join an already established New Stadium Working Group that is studying potential locations, designs and costs.
HOUSTON (AP) – Ryan Mallett’s wait to be a starter is over.
After toiling in the shadow of Tom Brady for three seasons in New England and backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick for nine games this year, coach Bill O’Brien said the Houston Texans will bench Fitzpatrick and start Mallett at Cleveland on Nov. 16.
O’Brien made the announcement as the Texans prepare to take time off during their bye week. He lauded Fitzpatrick for his hard work, but said the team needed a change.
The coach made it clear that this isn’t a one-game experiment and that Mallett will be Houston’s starter for the rest of the season.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan must sit out the first two games of the season for the No. 3 Badgers following a review of the senior’s eligibility.
The school said the issue stems from the 2012-13 season, when Dukan played limited minutes in an exhibition game and a closed scrimmage at the beginning of that year.
Dukan was recovering from mononucleosis at that time and decided after the two contests to take the rest of the season to recover. But Dukan did not qualify for a medical hardship waiver.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee women’s basketball team has suspended four players for academic reasons.
Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said guards Ariel Massengale and Andraya Carter would miss one game and forward Cierra Burdick and guard Jannah Tucker would miss two because they did ”not live up to our academic standards.”
Tucker’s punishment won’t take effect until she has fully recovered from a knee injury.
Massengale, Carter and Burdick will sit out the fourth-ranked Lady Vols’ Nov. 14 opener against Penn. Burdick also will sit out the Nov. 17 home game with Oral Roberts. None of them will play Sunday in an exhibition game with Carson-Newman.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t going anywhere.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed the franchise’s all-time winningest goaltender to a four-year contract extension worth $23 million. The new deal, which begins next year, runs through the 2018-19 season.
The 29-year-old Fleury was in the final season of a seven-year contract he signed in 2008. Fleury is off to a hot start for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. He is 7-2 with a 1.89 goals against and is tied for the NHL lead with three shutouts heading into Thursday night’s game in Winnipeg.
General manager Jim Rutherford approached Fleury a month ago to begin the process, but stressed recently he believed in Fleury despite some struggles in recent years during the playoffs. Rutherford wanted to eliminate the potential distraction while he could.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne were also fined.
Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said on Sirius XM that the organization would cover all the fines.
While NASCAR’s star drivers make millions of dollars a year, and the top crew chiefs can reach the seven-figure mark, mechanics and pit crew members make a modest living. Very few reach six figures annually.