Quote of the Day
"Here was the player that (MLB) really had counted on to sort of be their feel-good guy. Until now, he had always said he was the clean one.”
-- SI's Selena Roberts, on Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez reportedly testing positivefor steroids in '03 ("Evening News," CBS, 2/7).
Shock To The System
A-Rod Derided In Press
For '03 Positive Test
Alex Rodriguez and Scott Boras are planning their next move after SI cites four sources in reporting that Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in ’03, news that shocked the sports world over the weekend and will prove to have major legs as baseball begins Spring Training. Early signs on what to look for: A-Rod’s response -- Frank? Contrite? Heartfelt? Stubborn? Antagonistic? Most in the media are calling on him to be open, as ESPN's Buster Olney suggests he “talk about everything: what he did, when he did it, why he did, his regrets, his concerns, side effects, the benefits, the costs." Also, who leaked A-Rod's name and why? What does this mean for the 103 other players who reportedly failed the test but were guaranteed anonymity? Has MLBPA done enough to protect their members? But overall, what does this mean for baseball and the Yankees just two weeks from the start of Spring Training games?
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Getting Up To Speed
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There's A Recession?
EPL reaches a record U.K. TV deal with BSkyB, Setanta that will steady team finances through '13.
Any Given Sunday
Pro Bowl earns 5.8/11 overnight on NBC, while ABC earns 5.0 rating for Lakers-Cavs.
Choose Your Words Carefully
ESPN suspends Scott Van Pelt from radio show for over-the-top criticism of Bud Selig.