Miami New Times rejects MLB request for player information
MIAMI -- The Miami New Times has rejected a request from Major League Baseball for records that the alternative newspaper obtained for a story that alleges several players received performance-enhancing drugs from a now-closed anti-aging clinic.
New Times editor Chuck Strouse's response to MLB commissioner Bud Selig appeared on the paper's website Tuesday.
Strouse cited journalistic ethics and the fact that the newspaper has already posted dozens of records on its website, omitting personal information of people who weren't involved in any wrongdoing.
The newspaper reported in January that six professional baseball players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, bought human growth hormone and other PEDs during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC. The defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables was operated by Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez has denied the allegations.
The story was based on clinic records, many with handwritten notations, that the New Times said it obtained.
Strouse confirmed his response by phone Tuesday night.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said, "While we appreciate the New Times consideration, we have been proceeding with our investigation as if we were not going to be getting documents from them."
Jeter to play shortstop today vs. Phillies
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter says he will play at shortstop Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
It's the first time in the field for Jeter since ankle surgery last fall. Jeter says Tuesday after working out in Tampa, Fla., that he'll "be out there" against the Phillies after two games as the designated hitter.
The game Wednesday also marks the spring training debut for Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte.
Jeter went 0-for-2 Monday in his second game at DH since breaking his left ankle in October. He had a single in two at-bats Saturday.
The Yankees captain had a resurgent season in 2012, leading the American League with 216 hits and batting .316 with 15 homers and 58 RBI.
He first injured his ankle in mid-September and fouled balls off his foot several times after that.
Bulls' Rose still not sure when he'll return
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's still not sure if he'll play this season and the obstacles are more mental than physical at this point as he tries to return from knee surgery.
Rose told reporters before practice Tuesday in Los Angeles that he can "do everything" and it's just a matter of him "having the confidence to do it."
He says he'll return when he feels "normal" and that's in "a couple of days, that's great. If it's not, I'm fine."
Rose spoke exactly 10 months after he had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He says he's felt no outside pressure to return and downplayed the idea of a rift with the Bulls organization.
His brother and manager Reggie Rose ripped the Bulls for standing pat at the trade deadline in an interview with ESPNChicago.com, saying it could be a "big factor" in whether Derrick plays this season. Then, the website reported last week that Derrick Rose had been medically cleared to play but told the team he won't until he can dunk with confidence off his left foot.
Texas wide receiver Jones charged with felony assault
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been charged with felony aggravated assault of a Longhorns tennis player.
According to Austin police, Jones fractured Joseph Swaysland's jaw outside an Austin nightclub on Feb. 22 after Jones saw Swaysland speaking with Texas volleyball player Katherine Bell. She told police she had been in a relationship with Jones that ended badly.
Bell told police Jones had confronted her and Swaysland in the past and told her he didn't want to see her talking with any men.
The charge is a second degree felony with a punishment range up to 20 years in prison.
A warrant was issued for Jones' arrest. He has been suspended from the team.