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Canseco: Ramírez likely on steroid list

April 7, 2009
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BASEBALL
Jose Canseco said he is 90 percent certain that Manny Ramírez's name is on the list of 104 major league players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. Speaking at a forum Friday night at the University of Southern California, Canseco said he believes the reason Ramírez did not receive a long-term contract was because team owners know who is on the list and didn't want to take a chance on the Dodger slugger. "Why didn't Ramírez get a long-term deal?" Canseco asked. "Why were owners gun-shy about signing arguably the game's best hitter?" He said the lack of interest raised red flags, and he told the crowd that Ramírez's "name is most likely, 90 percent" on the list. Canseco did say that he has no way of knowing if Ramírez is on the list. In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Ramírez said: "I got no comment, nothing to say about that. What can I say? I don't even know the guy." . . . Padres outfielder Cliff Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder . . . The Dodgers finalized their roster when they purchased the contracts of former Red Sox infielder Doug Mientkiewicz, righthanded pitcher Ronald Belisario, and lefthander Will Ohman from Triple A Las Vegas. The Dodgers also placed righthander Claudio Vargas on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis and outfielder Delwyn Young on the 15-day DL with a right elbow impingement . . . The Indians placed utilityman Jamey Carroll on the 15-day DL with a broken left hand.

NBA
Injury knocks Ginobili out of playoffs
Manu Ginobili is out for the rest of the season and the playoffs. The Spurs guard underwent scans that showed his troubled right ankle has gotten worse. Ginobili missed 19 games after the All-Star break before coming back late last month. The Spurs said tests showed Ginobili had an increased narrow edema and stress fracture in his right distal fibula. He did not play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Cleveland . . . The Clippers suspended forward Zach Randolph two games after he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving hours after the team's 88-85 loss to the Lakers Sunday. Two California Highway Patrol officers saw a white Rolls-Royce weaving on Interstate 405 in Culver City around 2:25 a.m. . . . The Knicks signed rookie guard Joe Crawford through the remainder of the season.

HOCKEY
Wilson tapped again to lead Team USA
Ron Wilson is getting another shot to lead the US men's team to Olympic gold. The Maple Leafs coach was named to the same position behind the American bench for next year's Olympics in Vancouver. Wilson, who guided the US team into the quarterfinals at the 1998 Nagano Games, also will serve as coach of the US team later this month at the World Championships in Switzerland. Wilson's greatest accomplishment on the international stage was coaching the US to gold at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey . . . The NHL is no closer to moving a team to Las Vegas, despite shifting its annual awards ceremony to Sin City for the next three years. Commissioner Gary Bettman said that moving the awards will let the show expand, but it is not an indication that the league is eyeing the city any closer. "This has nothing to do with that," Bettman said. "Somebody's going to be first, but the stadium/arena issues, I think until they resolve, will preclude any serious consideration."

HORSE RACING
Quality Road's Derby quest in doubt
Quality Road has a quarter crack in his right hind hoof, putting in doubt his status for the Kentucky Derby May 2. The Daily Racing Form reported on its website that the Florida Derby winner galloped at Belmont Park and came back to the barn with blood dripping from his foot. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said he is "very concerned" about the problem but that it's premature to say the colt won't run in the Derby . . . Jeff Mullins is under investigation by New York racing officials after giving one of his horses a substance before a weekend stakes race. The California-based trainer said it was an "honest mistake."

MISCELLANY
Florida State's Owens is suspended
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has indefinitely suspended senior wide receiver Rod Owens after the player's weekend drunk driving arrest. Tallahassee Police spokesman David McCranie said Owens was arrested on a DUI charge after blowing nearly double the state's legal standard of .08 on a breath test early Sunday. He was released from jail later that day . . . France's anti-doping agency has sent a report on the behavior of Lance Armstrong during a recent test to cycling's world governing body and WADA. AFLD chief Pierre Bordry declined to disclose any details about the content of the report he sent to the International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency, saying only that the doctor who conducted the March 17 test was the author. "I sent [the report] in order to get an opinion on the matter. I am not making any judgments," Bordry said . . . Madison Keys, 14, made her WTA Tour debut a memorable one, upsetting Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5, 6-4, in the opening round of The MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The teen from Boca Raton, Fla., used powerful serves that averaged 101 miles per hour to win the match . . . Croatia will host the United States on clay at the Zatika Sports Hall in Porec in the Davis Cup quarterfinals July 10-12.

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