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

15 hours 37 min ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Taylor Covington with the New Haven Track and Field Team. Taylor earned All-State honors medaling in four events at the state track meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. She ran anchor on the 4X800 relay team that finished in sixth place.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

5 days 11 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

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SPORTS CORNER

15 hours 43 min ago

The Cardinals welcomed back outfielders Matt Holliday and Jason Heyward to the lineup Monday. Both missed time in Kansas City over the weekend, with Holliday battling a bruised forearm and Heyward a hip injury. They combined to go 3-for-9 with an RBI against the D'backs.