NEW YORK (AP) — An investor who helped launch Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America has been trying to sell purported documents from the closed anti-aging clinic to Major League Baseball and players, several people familiar with the matter said Friday.
MLB has bought some of the documents, the people said, all speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. MLB has been investigating the clinic for allegedly distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players.
The Miami New Times reported in January that it obtained purported records detailing drug purchases by Alex Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz.
Other baseball players the newspaper said appeared in the records include Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. Yahoo Sports reported that 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun was mentioned in the records.
Java’s War wins Blue Grass
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Java’s War edged Palace Malice by a neck Saturday to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and solidify his credentials for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Java’s War trailed the field after starting from the fourth position, then came on in the backstretch to challenge Palace Malice down the stretch and pull ahead. With his first Grade I stakes victory, Java’s War earned 100 more points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings after starting the day with 22, placing him in the mix for the 139th running on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Java’s War covered 1 1/8 mile in 1:50.27.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.
The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, trailed with a second group for much of the race before charging ahead after the final turn in the 1 1/8-mile race.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Overanalyze overcame the lead pack and held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn Pletcher his third win in the Kentucky Derby prep race, his first since winning back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and 2001. Pre-race favorite War Academy, trained by Bob Baffert, pulled up on the back stretch.
Big servers reach final
HOUSTON (AP) — John Isner and Nicolas Almagro, two of the biggest servers in tennis, aced their way into the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Top-seeded Almagro of Spain, the ATP Tour leader with 261 aces, needed only 58 minutes to beat American wild-card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1.
Isner, second in tour aces with 251, recovered from a slow start to top defending champion Juan Monaco of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal to set up the booming showdown today.
Millwall fans mar victory
LONDON (AP) — Millwall fans fought among each other at Wembley Stadium, overshadowing Wigan’s 2-0 victory to reach the FA Cup final for the first time in its 81-year history.
Police and stewards appeared to be slow to react as the disorder built throughout the second half as groups of Millwall supporters brawled with themselves and security officials.
On the pitch, Shaun Maloney put Wigan in front in the 25th minute with a crisp finish after the Premier League side ripped through the second-division club with ease.
Wigan struggled to build on its position of strength but withstood Millwall pressure before Callum McManaman netted from a tight angle in the 78th to complete the victory.
Wigan will return to Wembley next month to face Manchester City or Chelsea in the final.