PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. &
The PGA Tour plans to start its new drug-testing program as early as July, with penalties for a positive test that could range from a one-year suspension for a first offense to a lifetime ban if a player is caught three times.
Leaders from golf's most influential organizations signed off last month on an anti-doping policy. The tour's plan was approved by its policy board.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said players will receive a manual next month as part of an education program that will extend through June, with testing to follow.
The manual will contain a list of prohibited substances that fall under 10 categories, ranging from anabolic steroids to human growth hormones to narcotics to beta blockers.
Finchem said the tour can test players without notice anytime and anywhere, and testing at a PGA Tour event can occur before or after practice or competition. There was no limit to how many times a year a player can be tested. It was not clear if there would be any mandatory testing or players, such as the winner of a tournament.
Penalties could include ineligibility for up to one year for the first violation; up to five years for the second violation; up to a lifetime ban for multiple violations; and fines up to $500,000.
Finchem said violations for recreational drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine, could be treated differently from steroids. The program allows the commissioner discretion to require treatment instead of sanctions, or a combination of the two.
He also said the tour would disclose violations and will report the penalty. That's typical of other sports, noteworthy in golf because the tour has never disclosed fines for such things as conduct unbecoming a professional.
NEW YORK &
Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year award in one of the closest votes, while Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL honor.
Braun, Milwaukee's slugging third baseman, edged Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by two points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Called up from Triple-A in late May, Braun hit .324 with 34 home runs and 97 RBIs. He got 17 of the 32 first-place votes and finished with 128 points. Tulowitzki received 15 first-place votes and had 126 points.
Pedroia, the little Boston second baseman with the big swing who hit .317 with eight homers and 50 RBIs, easily topped Tampa Bay outfielder Delmon Young. Voting was done before Pedroia helped lead the Red Sox to the World Series title. Pedroia got 24 of the 28 first-place votes and finished with 132 points. Young was next with three first-place votes and 56 points and Kansas City pitcher Brian Bannister received the other first-place vote.
NEW YORK &
The New York Yankees and Jorge Posada agreed to a $52.4 million, four-year contract that keeps the catcher off the free-agent market.
A person familiar with the talks confirmed the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce it. The sides were working on wrapping up details of the agreement. Posada must pass a physical before the contract is finalized.
Posada's $13.1 million average salary becomes the highest for a catcher, topping the $10 million Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez and Boston's Jason Varitek currently are guaranteed and the $13 million Mike Piazza averaged under his contract with the New York Mets from 1999-05. Rodriguez will earn $13 million next year, the option season of his contract with the Tigers.
New York also was trying to re-sign Mariano Rivera before Tuesday, when free agents could start talking money with all clubs, but those talks were taking longer to complete.
The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Jacque Jones from the Chicago Cubs for utility player Omar Infante.
Jones, who took over as Chicago's starting center fielder in the second half of the 2007 season, is expected to split time in left field with Marcus Thames and be an option in center behind Curtis Granderson and in right backing up Magglio Ordonez.
Jones hit .285 with 33 doubles, five homers and 66 RBIs in 135 games last season. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent before the 2006 season after playing for the Minnesota Twins from 1999-2005.
Infante batted .271 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 66 games with Detroit this year. He played six positions and made his most appearances at second base in 20 games. He also played shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions.
Todd Jones and the fast-moving Detroit Tigers agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract. Jones had 38 saves for the Tigers last season, a year after saving 37 games to help Detroit make the playoffs for the first time since 1987. He had four more in the postseason as the Tigers reached the World Series. He turns 40 in April.
LARAMIE, Wyo. &
Wyoming coach Joe Glenn apologized for making an obscene gesture to the Utah team after the Utes tried an onside kick while ahead by 43 points. Glenn was reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference later in the day and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham acknowledged the onside kick with a 43-0 lead was a "bad decision."
Glenn, who had publicly guaranteed a victory last week, was furious when the Utes tried to get the ball right back after Louie Sakoda's 41-yard field goal with 6:21 left in the third quarter. Wyoming recovered the onside kick and Glenn gave the finger to the Utes, who went on to win 50-0 in Salt Lake City. After the loss Saturday, Glenn said he didn't remember the gesture, but on acknowledged it two days later.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. &
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will miss Sunday's game against Oakland with a torn ligament in his right knee.
Coach Brad Childress said Peterson tore his lateral collateral ligament in the Vikings' 34-0 loss to Green Bay. Childress said this is not a season-ending injury, but he did not talk about when Peterson might be back.
Peterson was hurt just a week after he set an NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards in a victory over San Diego.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. &
Ryan Briscoe replaced Sam Hornish after the three-time IndyCar Series champion moved to Penske's NASCAR team. Briscoe will team with two-time Indy 500 Champion Helio Castroneves.
The 26-year-old Australian has 20 career IndyCar starts, and finished fifth last May in the Indianapolis 500 with equipment leased from the Penske team. Briscoe also drove full-time this year for Penske's entry in the American Le Mans Series.
SHANGHAI, China &
Top-ranked Roger Federer lost consecutive matches for the first time in 41/2 years, falling to No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 at the Masters Cup. The defending champion lost for the first time in 11 meetings against Gonzalez, snapping Federer's 15-0 record in round-robin play at the season-ending tournament, which features the top eight men's singles players and doubles pairs.
Andy Roddick overcame a second-set lapse and beat fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Federer will likely have to beat Roddick and Davydenko to reach the semifinals.
"" The Associated Press