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Rodriguez Gets Longest Penalty Ever For PEDs, Vows To Continue Fight

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez "must serve a full-season, 162-game suspension -- plus the 2014 postseason -- for his involvement" with the Biogenesis scandal, marking the "longest penalty ever given" to an MLBer for using PEDs. The decision, announced yesterday by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, "represents a reduction from the initial 211-game suspension" imposed by MLB, but it is "nevertheless a clear loss -- perhaps a career-ender" -- for Rodriguez. Still, Rodriguez' lawyers are "expected to ask for an injunction to prevent the suspension from being enforced until the lawsuit has played out" (N.Y. POST, 1/12).

The Weekend Rap looks at back page sports covers from N.Y. papers to see how the story is playing:

 
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