Friday, March 27, 2015
Professional Sports
Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games

Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins has been suspended 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension Friday, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid.

Tanaka to start Yankees' opener

Masahiro Tanaka will start the New York Yankees' opener April 6 against Toronto.

Manager Joe Girardi made the expected announcement on Friday.

El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case

A court in El Salvador has acquitted 11 soccer players and two foreign businesspeople of criminal charges in a match-fixing scandal involving the country's national team.

Prosecutors had accused the defendants of money-laundering, concealment and illegal association. They faced possible sentences of up to 19 years if convicted.

Montenegro-Russia qualifier resumes after suspension

A European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia has been resumed following a suspension after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the stands.

Akinfeev was struck on the head by the flare approximately 20 seconds after kickoff and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Durant to have another surgery, will miss rest of season

Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday.

Durant had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, he had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort. At the time, the Thunder expected him to be able to return in one to two weeks.

Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof.

Deniz Birinci, the international relations coordinator of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association, says the body's president Hasan Sertoglu will on Monday set in motion the process to incorporate the CTFA into the Cyprus FA.

Harvey, Mets look to contend in wake of Tommy John epidemic

The big names for the New York Mets this season: Matt Harvey, David Wright, Tommy John.

Finally confident they're a playoff contender, the Mets absorbed a familiar setback in spring training — two of them, really. Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin became the latest New York pitchers to have reconstructive elbow surgery, sidelining both until next year.

Chicago rooftop owner charged with trying to defraud Cubs

A 46-year-old owner of one of the rooftop clubs locked in dispute with the Chicago Cubs over Wrigley Field views is accused of defrauding the baseball team and tax authorities out of $600,000.

Chicago's U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that R. Marc Hamid faces four counts of mail fraud. Each carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

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