NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Major League Baseball are seeking a speedy dismissal of an Alex Rodriguez lawsuit accusing the league and Commissioner Bud Selig of trying to drive him out of baseball, according to a letter sent to a judge Monday.
U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier.
Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed.
He said lawyers for the New York Yankees third baseman would ask that the case be remanded to state court in Manhattan, where Rodriguez had filed it early this month before the league removed it to federal court. Siev said the requests by the league and Rodriguez both concern whether the lawsuit’s claims fall outside or are pre-empted by the Taft-Hartley Act, known formally as the Labor Management Relations Act.
Wolverines suspend TE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 23 Michigan will be without tight end A.J. Williams against No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke announced Monday the sophomore has been suspended for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Hoke said it’s disappointing when a player makes a poor decision, and added the Wolverines will help Williams as he learns a valuable lesson.
Williams is a 6-foot-6, 265-pounder who hasn’t caught a pass in his two-year career, but is used as a blocking tight end.
Anthony’s focus in wrong place
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony should focus on trying to get players to join him in New York, not creating uncertainty about whether he will leave. That’s the opinion of TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who are bothered by Anthony’s desire to become a free agent after this season.
Though Anthony has said he’s happy in New York, he also has said he intends to become a free agent next summer. Barkley says Monday he was “disappointed” when he heard that.
Smith, a New York native, says the Knicks need to get to a point where players would take less money because they want to come to New York to play with Anthony.
Barkley, Smith and the TNT crew will host the “Inside the NBA” pregame show tonight from New York as the NBA regular season begins.
Cilic wins in return
PARIS (AP) — In his first match since returning from a four-month doping ban, Marin Cilic beat qualifier Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the Paris Masters.
The Croatian served 22 aces and hit 42 winners.
Cilic tested positive for a banned stimulant in May but claimed he had not intended to ingest it in a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain, Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, Dutch qualifier Robin Haase and Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo also advanced to the next round.
Lopez outlasted Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1). The Spaniard failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but he recovered in the tiebreaker of the third set by winning the last six points.