BaseballYankees manager Joe Girardi suggested the Blue Jays “could be’’ using devious means to acquire information from their rivals. New York catcher Russell Martin said Thursday he suspected the Blue Jays were relaying information from second base to the batter during Toronto’s 16-7 victory that started with an eight-run outburst in the first inning. Girardi said Friday he has no problem with players and coaches trying to steal signs and it’s up to the defense to protect them. But Girardi suggested yesterday the Blue Jays were doing more than peeking in from the base paths. Said Girardi, “If you feel it’s coming from somewhere else besides a player on the field, I do have issues with that.’’ . . . Orioles righthander Alfredo Simon is scheduled to leave today for the Dominican Republic to attend a hearing tomorrow in the Jan. 1 shooting death of his cousin. No charges have been filed in the incident that happened during a celebration in which guns were shot in the air. Simon could return within a few days . . . The Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy, 28, agreed on a three-year contract. Hardy was acquired in an offseason trade with the Twins and would have been eligible for free agency after the season . . . Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is still wearing a walking boot but said swelling in his right ankle has gone down since sustaining the injury Thursday . . . The Tigers activated second baseman Carlos Guillen from the disabled list, 11 months to the day since he last played in a major league game.
SoccerNorth Korean women in doping scandal North Korea officials blamed traditional musk deer gland medicine for five positive tests for steroids at the Women’s World Cup, the biggest soccer doping scandal at a major tournament in 17 years. After two players were caught during the tournament this month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the world soccer governing body took the unprecedented step of testing the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more positive results. “This is a shock,’’ Blatter said. “We are confronted with a very, very bad case of doping and it hurts.’’ A North Korean delegation told Blatter and the head of FIFA’s medical committee that the steroids were accidentally taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on deer glands . . . In Major League Soccer, Fredy Montero scored his third goal in two games to keep the host Seattle Sounders unbeaten in their last nine matches with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rapids . . . San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and counterpart William Hesmer made several crucial saves as the Earthquakes and host Columbus Crew played to a scoreless tie . . . Aurelien Collin scored late in the second half and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 1-1 draw with the Dynamo at Houston . . . Jack Jewsbury scored on a penalty kick to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 win over the host Chicago Fire . . . Bill Hamid finished with three saves to help D.C. United to a scoreless draw against host FC Dallas night . . . Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made three saves in a 0-0 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Carson, Calif. . . . The Whitecaps-Real Salt Lake game at Vancouver, British Columbia was postponed because of unplayable field conditions.
BasketballShaq’s ex-friend files explosive lawsuit A former friend of Shaquille O’Neal’s filed a civil lawsuit accusing the future Hall of Famer of ordering him to commit murders, TMZ.com reported. In documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Robert Ross, a former gang member, claims O’Neal asked him to perform many personal favors, among them: murdering a gang member, a record producer, and a woman O’Neal impregnated. The documents don’t say whether the orders were carried out. O’Neal’s lawyer, Michael J. Kump, told TMZ, “The outlandish claims by Robert Ross in his civil complaint are pure fiction. Shaquille O’Neal befriended Mr. Ross in an attempt to help turn his life around. Sadly, Mr. Ross abused that friendship again and again.’’ O’Neal’s agent, Perry Rogers, declined to comment when reached by the Globe . . . In the WNBA, Angel McCoughtry’s 24 points led the host Atlanta Dream to a 76-68 win over the Chicago Sky . . . Seimone Augustus scored 19 points as the host Minnesota Lynx topped the Seattle Storm, 69-62.
MiscellanyCannons fall apart in the second half Matt Poskay scored three goals but the Boston Cannons blew a 5-0 lead and fell to the Long Island Lizards, 12-11, in Major League Lacrosse action at Hempstead, N.Y. The Cannons (6-2) scored just once in the second half . . . In World TeamTennis, the Boston Lobsters dropped a 25-18 decision in overtime to the Washington Kastles at Middleton . . . PGA Tour rookie Chris Kirk, 26, shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Viking Classic at Madison, Miss. . . . Oregon hired a high-profile law firm as questions mount about the Ducks’ $25,000 payment to a Texas-based recruiting service. The NCAA is investigating what appears to be an inflated payment to so-called street agent Willie Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston. At issue is whether Lyles helped steer a highly recruited football player to Oregon.
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