Brewers’ Braun consulted with clinic
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he used the person who ran the Florida clinic now under investigation by Major League Baseball as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year and nothing more. Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Braun’s name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to the references to Braun. The clinic allegedly provided banned substances to Alex Rodriguez and other athletes. Braun says his name was in those records because of a dispute over payment to Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-closed anti-aging clinic. In a statement to the Associated Press released by his representatives, Braun says he had no other relationship with Bosch and has nothing to hide . . . MLB officials asked the Miami New Times for records the alternative newspaper obtained for its story on alleged use of banned substances by several players. New Times editor Chuck Strouse said Tuesday the paper had not yet decided how to respond. Strouse described the MLB move as a request and noted that the league does not have subpoena power. The paper reported last week that the Yankees’ Rodriguez and other players bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances between 2009 and 2012 from the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Carpenter unlikely to pitch this year
Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year. Carpenter, 37, has renewed numbness and some bruising in his right shoulder and hand after throwing off a mound prior to spring training, general manager John Mozeliak said. He will get an additional medical evaluation and isn’t officially retiring, but Mozeliak said the Cardinals are moving on without him. ‘‘He’s leaving the door slightly open, but it’s unlikely,’’ Mozeliak said of Carpenter’s return. Carpenter’s contract calls for a $12.5 million salary this season, of which $2 million is deferred without interest and is to be paid in $200,000 installments each July 1 from 2017-26 . . . Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain says he’s received a text message from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past. When the Yankees played the Red Sox, Chamberlain and Youkilis feuded over inside fastballs. After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees in December, the pitcher left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January that he had not heard back, but said Tuesday he had received a text . . . The Indians signed free agent catcher Omir Santos to a minor league contract. The 31-year-old split last season with Detroit and Colorado . . . Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and second baseman-outfielder Kelly Johnson finalized one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.
World Peace is suspended for fighting
Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended for one game by the NBA because he hit Detroit’s Brandon Knight in the face Sunday. World Peace grabbed Knight around the neck and struck him in the jaw with the knuckles of his mostly open hand with 1:43 left in the first half of the Lakers’ 98-97 win. He served the suspension Tuesday night against the Nets . . . Tamika Catchings, the MVP of the WNBA Finals last season, re-signed with defending champion Indiana. Terms were not released. Also the Los Angeles Sparks signed free agent guard Lindsey Harding, who played for Atlanta the last two seasons . . . Old Dominion University fired men’s asketball coach Blaine Taylor with eight games remaining in the regular season. Taylor has the most wins in school history, compiling 239 victories over 12 seasons, but his team is 2-20 this season and has lost 10 straight.
MISCELLANY Armstrong is not refunding $12m
Lance Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, said Armstrong does not intend to repay a Texas company that insured and paid US Postal team bonuses for three of his seven Tour de France wins despite acknowledging that he used performance-enhancing drugs in winning the titles, his attorney has said. SCA Promotions is considering filing a lawsuit to recoup from Armstrong as much as $12 million, which it paid him for his fourth, fifth, and sixth Tour victories . . . Rafael Nadal won his first match after being away for more than seven months because of a knee injury. The former No. 1-ranked Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco to defeat Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy, 6-3, 6-2, in the VTR clay-court tournament in Vina Del Mar, Chile . . . Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove agreed to a new three-year contract that will keep him in Orono through June 2016 . . . A judge in Lubbock, Texas, dismissed the last remaining count in football coach Mike Leach’s wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech . . . Newport, R.I., will be the only US stopover of sailing’s around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race in 2015. Teams will arrive at Newport’s Fort Adams in early May 2015 and stay for 11-12 days . . . Figure skater Oksana Baiul is suing NBC Universal and a television skating program producer for $5 million in damages. The 1994 Olympic gold medalist says Disson Skating LLC offered Baiul a deal to perform in two shows that were to air on NBC. The Manhattan lawsuit says Baiul declined, but she says her name and likeness were used to advertise the show. The skater says her reputation was damaged because the incorrect publicity resulted in her being labeled a ‘‘no show.”