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Wednesday's Sports In Brief
June 6, 2013, 3:06 am


NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has begun interviewing players linked to a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs and became the focus of the sport's investigation.

Clinic founder Anthony Bosch has agreed to talk with MLB, according to numerous reports, and union head Michael Weiner said the commissioner's office has assured the union that "no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed."

Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon are among more than a dozen players whose names have been tied to the now-closed clinic, Biogenesis of America.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.

The Nationals made the move after Strasburg skipped a scheduled bullpen session. The session was supposed to determine whether he could make a start Saturday. Strasburg was removed after two innings in his last start, Friday against Atlanta, because he was grimacing and flexing his shoulder.

Strasburg is 3-5 with a 2.54 ERA. He was 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA last season, when the Nationals made the much-debated decision to shut him down before the playoffs because of a team-imposed innings limit in his first full season following elbow surgery.


PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals.

The top-ranked Djokovic, seeking his first title in the clay-court event, beat Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Seven-time champion Nadal drubbed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

In the other semifinal Friday, David Ferrer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who seeks to become the first Frenchman in 30 years to win Roland Garros.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova needed a comeback unlike any other in her career to reach the semifinals, rallying to beat Jelena Jankovic, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. She will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, a 7-6 (3), 6-2 winner over Maria Kirilenko. No. 1 Serena Williams, seeking her first French Open title in 11 years, will face Sara Errani in the other semifinal Thursday.


NEW YORK (AP) - Penn State's trustees are on a mission to promote the reforms they have enacted as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, hoping their record might persuade the NCAA to reconsider its crippling penalties against the university before they are due to expire in 2018.

In an hour-long interview in New York with The Associated Press, board Chairman Keith Masser and longtime board member Joel Myers didn't offer a time frame for approaching the NCAA, but they noted the university's consent agreement with the NCAA allows it to be reopened if both sides agree.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State's Randy Spetman is out as athletic director.

Spetman will remain at the school for the next eight months as a senior adviser to the department until his contract expires in February 2014. Senior associate athletic director Vanessa Fuchs will serve as interim athletic director until Spetman's successor is found.


BOSTON (AP) - Patrice Bergeron scored 15:19 into the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

David Krejci also scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 53 shots. Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh.

Game 4 is Friday night in Boston.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night after being suspended a game for high-sticking Los Angeles' Jeff Carter.

Keith hit Carter with a one-handed blow in the Kings' 3-1 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night, opening a 20-stitch gash on the star forward's face and cracking three teeth. Chicago leads the series 2-1.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama welcomed the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House, congratulating the team on its unlikely title run. At the South Lawn event, Obama praised the team for its second Super Bowl victory and charitable work in blue collar Baltimore.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent what coach Mike Tomlin called "minor" surgery to deal with lingering discomfort in his right knee. The 31-year-old Roethlisberger will miss minicamp next week and is expected to return when Pittsburgh opens training camp in July.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens had heart surgery and the team says his early prognosis is "positive." The Cardinals said Kitchens didn't feel well at practice Tuesday, was sent to a hospital and that a CT scan revealed a defect in his aorta.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers signed first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker to a four-year contract. Fluker, a right tackle from Alabama, was the 11th pick overall.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Iowa State senior Betsy Saina won the women's 10,000 meters in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, finishing in 33 minutes, 8.85 seconds.

Arizona State's Chelsea Cassulo won the women's hammer with a throw of 226 feet, 9 inches; Mississippi's Sam Kendricks took the pole vault at 18-8 1/4; TCU's Lorraine Ugen won the women's long jump at 22-2 1/2; Georgia's Freya Jones took the women's javelin at 180-3; and Texas' Ryan Crouser won the shot put at 66-7 3/4.

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