Thursday, June 30
Harrison wants evidence before talking to NFL about PEDs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison wants the NFL to provide "credible evidence" before he agrees to talk with league officials on a media report linking him and other players to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The NFL Players Association has sent a letter on Harrison's behalf to NFL executive Adolpho Birch this week seeking more information.
The other active players implicated by the Al-Jazeera report are Green Bay linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free-agent linebacker Mike Neal, who played the past six seasons with the Packers. Peyton Manning, who is now retired, also was cited in Al-Jazeera's doping report in December. He wasn't mentioned in the NFL's investigation, but USA Today, citing an unnamed source, reported last week that an investigation into Manning's possible involvement also is progressing.
The NFL first notified Matthews, Peppers, Harrison and Neal about its probe of the report in January.
Al-Jazeera America reported allegations by Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. But Sly later recanted his claims.
Phillies beat Arizona 9-8 in 10 innings for sweep
PHOENIX (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies completed their first sweep at Chase Field in 10 years with a 9-8 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday.
The Diamondbacks went up 7-4 in the seventh inning on Paul Goldschmidt's two-run double, but the Phillies rallied with four runs in the eighth to go up 8-7.
Jean Segura tied it in the bottom half on an infield single, but the Diamondbacks allowed Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) to escape a jam in the ninth.
Peter Bourjos, who earlier had a two-run homer, hit a two-out single off Silvino Bracho (0-2) in the 10th and moved to third on Cody Asche's single. Goeddel followed with a line drive to right for the go-ahead run.
Brett Oberholtzer worked around a single in the 10th for his first save.
Sean Rodriguez drives in 4 as Pirates beat Mariners 8-1
SEATTLE (AP) — Sean Rodriguez doubled in consecutive at-bats and drove in four runs, David Freese hit a solo home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Wednesday night to split a brief two-game interleague series.
Rodriguez was responsible for breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a three-run double into the left-field corner off Seattle reliever Donn Roach. Rodriguez doubled an inning earlier off starter Wade Miley (6-4) to score Starling Marte.
Freese got it all started with a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning. It was a three-run inning for Pittsburgh, capped by a two-run double from Josh Harrison.
All that offense backed a strong start from rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon (2-1), who pitched six innings, giving up just one run and six hits.
Seattle catcher Clevenger leaves with hand injury
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger left a game Wednesday night against Pittsburgh after a foul ball hit his exposed right throwing hand.
Clevenger exited in the top of the third inning after Andrew McCutchen's foul ball came directly back and hit Clevenger's bare hand. Clevenger immediately crumpled over, cradling the hand, and he was attended to quickly by Seattle's athletic training staff. He walked off the field and was replaced by regular starter Chris Iannetta, who was getting the day off.
Clevenger was appearing in his 22nd game this season.
NCAA wants to question 2 1970s-era Sandusky accusers
(Information in the following story is from: Centre Daily Times, http://www.centredaily.com)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA wants to question two men who claim they were sexually abused in the 1970s by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The NCAA says it needs that information to defend itself from a defamation lawsuit filed by the family of Joe Paterno, the team's late head coach.
One of the men says he told Paterno in 1976 that he was abused by Sandusky. He's asked a judge to protect his identity and limit questioning by lawyers in the Paterno family's suit against the NCAA.
The Centre Daily Times reports that the NCAA doesn't want to embarrass or publicly identify the man. But the NCAA says if his claims and those of another man who claimed he was abused in the 1970s are true, it would be an absolute defense in the defamation lawsuit.