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

1 day 15 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Union Post 297 Senior American Legion Baseball Player Trey Fink. Earlier this season in a game against St. Peters, Trey pitched a complete game with 11 strike outs and no walks in an 8-1 win. He also went the distance in a tough luck 6-1 loss to Washington. He only gave up four hits with 13 strike outs and one walk. Time and again, Trey has proven his ability to go deep into games.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 4 days ago

Over the course of the past 16 years doing commentary on air and in print, there have sadly been many mass shootings and many predictable politicized reactions.

The shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, however, stands out for two main reasons.

It involved race, and it was done it a church.

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SPORTS CORNER

16 hours 32 min ago

Local Senior Legion teams are getting ready for the trip to the 2015 Blue Springs Woodbat Tournament. Washington, Union and St. Charles will compete in the event which will run Wednesday through Sunday at the Hidden Valley Athletic Complex.