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March 2013 Archives

MLB Sues Clinic for Peddling Banned Drugs to Players

Major League Baseball has filed a lawsuit against Florida clinic Biogenesis and "Dr." Anthony Bosch, accusing them of providing banned performance-enhancing drugs to its players.

In the lawsuit, MLB accuses the defendants of soliciting pro baseball players to purchase banned drugs and otherwise making these drugs available to players. As a result, MLB says that it suffered economic damages such as the loss of goodwill and damage to its reputation, reports The Post Game.

But there's reportedly another reason behind this lawsuit: MLB wants access to several documents, which Bosch allegedly turned over to news outlets, that contain business records of drug sales to players.

1st Lawsuit Filed in Seton Hill Bus Crash

A Seton Hill University student has filed the first lawsuit related to the fatal Seton Hill bus crash last week in Pennsylvania.

A bus being operated by Mlaker Transportation was carrying Seton Hill University's lacrosse team when it veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, reports Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV.

Coach Kristina Quigley, 30; her unborn son; and driver Anthony Guaetta, 61, were killed in the tragic accident.

Ex-Sooners QB Steve Davis Dies in Plane Crash

Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis died in a plane crash over the weekend.

Davis was travelling in a private jet that took off from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and crashed near South Bend, Indiana, reports Tulsa's KOKI-TV.

Davis, 60, was a two-time champion under Coach Barry Switzer for the dominant Oklahoma football teams that reigned during the 1970s. Two others aboard the plane also were killed, while two passengers reportedly survived the crash.

Deion Sanders' child custody battle with his estranged wife Pilar is finally over. And it took jurors less than two hours to make their decision.

The Hall of Fame cornerback will get full custody of his two sons, while he and Pilar will share custody over their only daughter, reports Dallas' WFAA-TV.

Clearly not happy with the decision, Pilar pointed out that many pieces of evidence supporting her claim to the kids were not admitted into evidence. As a result, she called the decision prejudiced and said, "If that's not one-sided... you have to be blind, dumb, crazy, and stupid."

UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins Arrested for DUI

University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of a DUI this weekend.

Seferian-Jenkins was arrested near Seattle's University District late Saturday and was released from custody, reports The Seattle Times.

UW football coach Steve Sarkisian said that Seferian-Jenkins will face internal discipline. It is still not clear what criminal charges the star tight end might face.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have banned a father and his daughter from PNC Park because of their role in a fight last year.

Rachel George, 21, and her father Christopher, 50, faced several criminal charges stemming from their first visit to the park. The two were accused of starting a fight that led to a security guard losing a finger.

The two ultimately pleaded guilty to lesser charges including simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. They were also ordered to make restitution payments of $28,000 to the victim, reports Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV.

Hope Solo 911 Calls Released From Jerramy Stevens Fight

The 911 calls from Hope Solo's home that led to Jerramy Stevens' domestic violence arrest have been released.

The altercation occurred on the eve of Solo and Stevens' wedding, and the calls were made by Solo's brother. Marcus Solo reportedly called 911 four times around 3 a.m. and told police that there was a fight, that alcohol was involved, and that medical attention was needed, the New England Sports Network reports.

There were eight people in the house at the time and Marcus refused to name who was responsible for the injuries, though he did say that a stun gun was used.

Former Seattle Sonic Robert Swift lost his home to foreclosure last year, but he didn't move out.

With the new owners ready to move in, there was some speculation as to how authorities would get the seven-footer out of his mansion. This was especially worrisome given reports that Swift kept a large cache of weapons and alcohol.

This past weekend, though, Swift quietly moved out. The home's new owners say they were shocked by what he left behind, reports Seattle's KOMO-TV.

Michael Jordan Wants Paternity Suit Dismissed

Michael Jordan is slamming a paternity lawsuit brought against him, and is asking a court to dismiss the suit.

Pamela Smith claims the NBA great is the father of her 16-year-old son. But Jordan says the teen's paternity has already been "conclusively established" in previous divorce proceedings between Smith and her ex-husband. Jordan claims that proves he is not the boy's father.

Along with seeking a dismissal of the paternity lawsuit, the 50-year-old NBA Hall of Famer has brought a counterclaim against Smith for making false claims, reports The Associated Press.

Coach K Unhappy Opposing Fans Storming the Court

Duke men's basketball team doesn't lose very often. But when they do, it's become common for the opposing team's fans to storm the court in celebration.

After Thursday's loss at Virginia, the first sellout crowd at Virginia all year stormed the court. At the time, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his players were still on the court, and they had to battle through the surge to get to the locker room, reports ESPN.

While appreciating the fact that opposing teams will want to celebrate, Coach K expressed concern over his and his players' safety. He said that he has no problems with college kids storming the court, but that security staff should get his team off the court first.