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MLB: Selig defends testing program

on July 17, 2013 10:30 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — With his staff pursuing yet another investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball’s drug-testing program on the eve of the All-Star game and insisted “this sport is cleaner than it’s ever been.”

Selig declined to detail timing for decisions in the probe of the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs. MLB could attempt to discipline former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun along with other players.

Baseball began drug testing for the 2003 season, added penalties the following year, banned amphetamines in 2006 and started HGH blood testing last year.

• ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Major League Baseball will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement. The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star game festivities today. Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

A-Rod homers in Double-A game

READING (AP) — Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a 400-foot home run in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton. Rodriguez played seven innings in the Thunder’s game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Monday night.

Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat, singled in his second, homered in his third at-bat and struck out swinging in his final at-bat in the seventh.The 37-year-old, 14-time All-Star handled every chance in the field flawlessly. He will rehab again with the Thunder in Reading today and possibly Wednesday.

World Peace coming to New York

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Free agent Metta World Peace says he will be signing with the New York Knicks.

World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers to create salary cap space. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.

World Peace grew up in New York and attended St. John’s, when he was known as Ron Artest. In 14 NBA seasons with five teams, he has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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