A-Rod implicated in PED use again as MLB probes

RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez was ensnared in a doping investigation once again Tuesday when an alternative weekly newspaper reported baseball's highest-paid star was among a half-dozen players listed in records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times said the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near Rodriguez's offseason home.

The new public relations firm for the New York Yankees third baseman issued a statement denying the allegations.

The newspaper said it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz of Texas.

Other baseball players the newspaper said appeared in the records include Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who finished third in last year's NL Cy Young Award voting, and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal.

• Basketball

Oden returning?: A person with knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of signing center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick whose NBA career has been sabotaged by injuries.

CBSSports.com first reported the Cavs and Miami Heat were pursuing Oden, who hasn't played since 2009.

Cavs fall: Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points to lead short-handed Golden State over the Cavs, 108-95.

The Warriors were missing three starters -- guard Stephen Curry (ankle), center Andrew Bogut (ankle) and forward Harrison Barnes (knee).

Pistons lose: Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading Milwaukee past Detroit, 117-90.

Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks, who led by as much as 29 points. Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points.

• Football

Anderson retiring: Jim Anderson has retired after spending the last 29 years as Cincinnati's running backs coach, the longest tenure of any Bengals coach.

Anderson joined the team in 1984 after coaching at various colleges. He worked under five Bengals head coaches -- Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis. Anderson said on Tuesday that he loves coaching, but it's time for a new challenge.

Rams hire Bush: The St. Louis Rams have decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and stepped in a new direction by hiring Frank Bush as linebackers coach.

• Hockey

Wild win: Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Columbus, 3-2.

With the Wild seemingly on their heels after giving up a two-goal lead, Bouchard took a pass from Torrey Mitchell near the blue line, zoomed past two Columbus defenders and beat goalie Steve Mason above his right glove.

Wings beat Stars: Valtteri Filppula scored two goals, both off nifty passes from Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit's victory over Dallas, 4-1.

Henrik Zetterberg scored on a two-man advantage in the final minute of the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, and Damien Brunner and Filppula scored 23 seconds apart in the third. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for Detroit.

• Elsewhere

Critical condition: Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival.

Padres moves: Freddy Garcia and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

The Padres also signed right-hander Tim Stauffer and lefty Arturo Lopez to minor league deals.

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