NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball won’t change its schedule to boost the sport’s chances of getting back into the Olympics.
Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year’s London Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge says baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey.
“Look, we can’t stop our season in August. We just can’t,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told the Associated Press Sports Editors. “You can’t say to your fans: ‘We’ll see you in the next period of time. Your club loses some players but yours doesn’t.’”
Jeter says he’ll play at high level
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t count out the captain. Derek Jeter is certain he will return to the New York Yankees this season at the same level that made him one of baseball’s most revered players.
In a jocular mood and wearing pinstriped pants, a practice jersey and hat, Jeter expressed frustration in learning last week that there was a new break in the ankle, an injury that has sidelined him since Game 1 of the AL championship series last season. He likely will be out until after the All-Star break.
Lakers guards to sit out tonight
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Blake won’t play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs tonight, and fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful.
The Lakers are running out of healthy guards, and they’re increasingly out of ideas on how to stop the Spurs from ending their tumultuous season.
Blake has a strained right hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely, and coach Mike D’Antoni said that he won’t play in Game 3.
MIAMI (AP) — NBA MVP LeBron James is trying to raise money for families affected by the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The sneakers he wore in Miami’s game against Washington on Dec. 15 — one day after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed — are up for grabs in an online auction that runs through Saturday.
Proceeds will benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund, through the LeBron James Family Foundation.
NBA fines Celtics coach
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing game officials after the Celtics’ loss to New York on Tuesday night.
When asked about two fouls on Kevin Garnett in the first 3:20 of the Celtics’ 87-71 loss in Game 2 of the playoff series, Rivers called them “horrendous.”
The Knicks lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is tonight.
MLS plans to add team
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer hopes to announce plans in four to six weeks for a stadium in Queens for a 20th team.
The league and New York City have been involved in negotiations to build a stadium on a site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. MLS hopes a team there would start play in 2016 and be rivals of the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J.
“If we get this done, it will be in Flushing Meadow Park. There is no Plan B,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the AP Sports Editors.
PARIS (AP) — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants Lance Armstrong to come forward with information detailing the alleged complicity of cycling’s governing body in his doping.
Travis Tygart appeared at a French government hearing in Paris to discuss ways to improve the fight against doping.
After the USADA’S scathing report on systematic doping by Armstrong and his teams, he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from elite sport for life.
Cycling body UCI has been accused of covering up suspicious samples from Armstrong, accepting financial donations from him and helping him avoid detection in doping tests. It denied those accusations in a statement Thursday.
During the French Senate hearing, Tygart said he had “evidence of the UCI’s involvement in this affair,” and Armstrong could hold the key to revealing the extent of that involvement.