Suspensions Handed Down

After weeks of speculation, Major League Baseball has handed down suspensions
to the Biogenesis-linked players. Of the 13 individuals disciplined, Yankees
third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the only one to appeal, meaning he'll be
expected to make his season debut when New York opens a three-game set against
the White Sox in Chicago Monday night. Rodriguez, the highest-profile player connected to the now-closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of supplying
performance-enhancing substances, had the harshest penalty levied against him
in the form of a suspension through the end of the 2014 season. By appealing
under the MLB drug policy, the 38-year-old Yankees star is eligible to play
until such an appeal is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the next three
weeks. Rodriguez, who previously admitted to using steroids during a two-year period from 2001-03 while with the Texas Rangers, has yet to play in the
majors this year as he recovered from offseason hip surgery and more recently,
a quad injury. Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny
Peralta, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and pitcher Fautino De Los
Santos, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez,
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Seattle Mariners catcher
Jesus Montero, Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, New York Mets utility
man Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello and free-agent pitcher
Jordan Norberto each accepted 50-game bans as part of MLB's drug
investigation.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

6 days 7 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is 6-0 Senior Forward Megan Jensen with the St. Francis Borgia Girls Basketball Team. Megan scored 24 points leading Borgia to a 52-47 win over Cardinal Ritter in the championship game of the Borgia/Competitive Edge Tournament Saturday afternoon. In three tournament games last week. Megan scored 63 points and earned MVP honors.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 days 5 hours ago

When our daughter turned 13, as part of her birthday celebration we drove 13 seventh-grade girls to the mall. As one of the drivers, I can attest that a vanload of young adolescent girls generates plenty of chatter...and plenty of drama.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

1 day 5 hours ago

The bracket is set for the Class 4 District 9 basketball tournament at Owensville High School. The tournaments will run February 29th through March 5th.
Boys...
1-Borgia
2-Sullivan
3-Pacific
4-Union
5-Owensville
6-St. Clair

Girls...
1-Borgia
2-Owensville
3-St. Clair
4-Pacific
5-Sullivan
6-Union