MLB: Tejada banned for 150 games
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The scourge of drugs and baseball claimed its third former MVP in a month when Miguel Tejada was suspended Saturday for 105 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance that the 39-year-old has used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,” Tejada said in a statement released by the players’ association. “I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so.”
Tejada, who was already on the 60-day disabled list with a calf injury, previously tested positive under the league’s amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third. He is not challenging the penalties.
Isner rallies for upset victory
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Unseeded American John Isner rallied from losing a first-set tiebreaker to upset seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3 in a grueling Western & Southern Open semifinal Saturday.
The 22nd-ranked Isner, in his first appearance in the tournament’s semifinals, had been 0-4 against the Argentine.
He’ll play third-seeded Rafael Nadal, a 7-5, 7-6 (4) winner over sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych.
Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the women’s final, beating defending-champion Li Na, 7-5, 7-5. In the second semifinal, Victoria Azarenka faced Jelena Jankovic.
Biles soars to gymnastics title
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Martha Karolyi watches Simone Biles bound across the floor like gravity is an option not a requirement, the U.S. women’s gymnastics national team coordinator sees a diamond still in need of a bit of polish.
Very little, apparently.
The seemingly weightless 16-year-old with the physics challenging hops soared in the women’s national all-around finals on Saturday night, leading all the way to edge Olympic gold medalist and favorite Kyla Ross in the first major meet since the London Games.
Cruising around the XL Center, seemingly oblivious to the mounting pressure, Biles never trailed while putting together a two-day score of 120.450, just ahead of 120.250 posted by Ross.
Sonnen snaps losing streak
BOSTON (AP) — Chael Sonnen snapped a two-fight losing streak with a first-round submission victory over former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Saturday night at the TD Garden in a scheduled five-round non-title bout.
Sonnen (29-13-1) earned the victory at 4:47 of the first round when he applied a guillotine choke.
Rua, from Brazil, dropped to 21-8.
Midway through the round, Sonnen took Rua to the mat with a double underhook throw.
After he landed several head strikes while on top of Rau, Sonnen turned Rua over with Rua’s head locked under his arm, forcing Rau to tap out.