Former MVP Tejada banned 105 games
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former MVP Miguel Tejada was suspended for 105 games on Saturday for testing positive for an amphetamine, one of the longest suspensions given by Major League Baseball.
The 39-year-old infielder for the Kansas City Royals is already on the 60-day disabled list. He is not challenging the penalties and will begin serving the ban immediately.
Tejada previously tested positive under the league's amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third, both of which occurred while playing for the Royals this season.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance previously used to treat attention-deficit disorder. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public.
MLB's medical staff occasionally grants therapeutic-use exemptions that allow players to use drugs such as Adderall to treat ADD and other disorders. However, Tejada no longer had the proper authorization to use the drug and the positive tests warranted a suspension.
It's the third-longest non-lifetime ban handed down by MLB behind Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension, which is currently under appeal, and reliever Steve Howe's 119-day penalty in 1992.
Tejada, who signed a one-year deal with the Royals last offseason, is on the disabled list with a strained calf. He would need to fulfill the remainder of the suspension next season before he's eligible to play.
A six-time All-Star who won the AL MVP award in 2002, Tejada has been dogged by doping allegations throughout his career. The first significant mention of his name came in the Mitchell Report on steroids use in baseball. Then in February 2009, Tejada was charged with lying to Congress about performance-enhancing drugs in the game. He pleaded guilty to the charge and received one year of probation.
Tejada spent last season out of the big leagues after struggling two years ago with the San Francisco Giants. He wound up signing a deal with the Royals in December, and was hitting .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games before getting hurt.
No Wisconsin QB will be named until opener
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen plans to hold off on announcing a starting quarterback until the season opener in two weeks.
Andersen says the race is wide open as of Saturday. The 23rd-ranked Badgers host Massachusetts on Aug. 31.
Andersen says his starting quarterback will be officially named when his picks jogs on to the Camp Randall Stadium field, though his identity may become evident in practice.
Curt Phillips looked sharp running a two-minute drill during an open portion of practice Saturday, while Joel Stave didn't pick up a first down running the second unit.
Wisconsin also has junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy, a dual threat signal-caller, who was struggling earlier in the week.
Andersen says a scrimmage Monday will be important in creating separation at competitive spots.
Marshall wins QB race at Auburn, says Malzahn
AUBURN, Ala. -- Nick Marshall will be Auburn's starting quarterback in the opener against Washington State.
Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday in a statement that the junior college transfer emerged at the top of what began as a four-man race.
Malzahn says "we wanted to go with the guy that gives us the best opportunity to win football games and Nick is that guy." He said Marshall has learned the offense quickly and "is a playmaker with a big upside."Marshall was a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher last season at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He started his career as a Georgia defensive back.
Malzahn had narrowed it down to the two newcomers, Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson, early this week. Former starter Kiehl Frazier moved to safety.
Rattlers defend Arena Bowl title, beat Soul
ORLANDO, Fla. -- After winning their second straight ArenaBowl title in their third consecutive championship game, Arizona quarterback Nick Davilla and coach Kevin Guy shied away from dynasty talk.
"I don't want to throw that word around now," Davilla said after throwing six touchdown passes in the Rattlers' 48-39 victory over the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday. "I just want to enjoy this one. We'll focus on winning another next year."
Guy looked back to the Rattlers' last-play loss to Jacksonville in 2010.
"I'm going to think more about the one that got away than the two we've won," Guy said. "I'll the fans and the media talk about dynasties."
Arizona beat Philadelphia for the second straight year to become the first team since Tampa Bay in 1996 to successfully defend an Arena Football League title. The Rattlers also won in 1994 and 1997.
Davilla completed 20-of-29 passes for 315 yards. Rod Windsor had 10 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and Maurice Purify caught four passes for 83 yards and two scores.
Garrett Lindholm was 6-for-6 on extra points and made both field-goal attempts.
Philadelphia, which trailed 45-33 with 9:30 remaining, had a chance to win the game in the final minute.
Arizona was driving in for a clinching touchdown, but Soul lineman Ko Quaye forced Rod Windsoe's fumble that the Soul recovered at their own 1 with 53 seconds left.
However, Philadelphia couldn't get a first down as Rattlers defender Arkeith Brown, who had never played defense in a postseason game before Saturday, swatted away Dan Raudabaugh's pass intended for Tiger Jones on fourth down.
Lindholm's 24-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining all but clinched it as Philadelphia, which missed three extra points in the second half, had exhausted all its timeouts.
Raudabaugh was 31-of-51 for 306 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan McDaniel had 13 catches for 137 yards and two TDs.
Bills' rookie QB Manuel out for preseason
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee in Friday night's preseason game.
In a statement released by the team Saturday, coach Doug Marrone said the first-round draft pick would have a "minor knee procedure."
It's unclear when or how Manuel was hurt in the 20-16 win over Minnesota. He took over to start the second half and opened with a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brad Smith. He finished 10-of-12 for 92 yards in three series.
"EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff," Marrone said. "An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time."
Through two games this preseason, Manuel completed 26-of-33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and ran four times for 29 yards.
Manuel was the first quarterback selected in the draft when the Bills chose him 16th overall out of Florida State.
Kolb will now start against Washington on next Saturday. Kolb was 13-of-21 for 111 yards and an interception on Sunday. Washington State rookie Jeff Tuel is the third-string quarterback.
Kolb signed with the Bills in the offseason after starting 21-of-32 career games played in a six-year career with Philadelphia and Arizona. He's thrown for 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions while being sacked 77 times in a career that started as a 2nd round draft pick of the Eagles in 2007.