A major foot has dropped in the attempt to clean up professional sports, as MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that testing for human growth hormone is to begin immediately in the minor leagues.
Blood testing for HGH does not exist in the majors, but Selig was able to implement it in the minors because most of the players in farm systems are not yet in the MLBPA.
The players' association would have to approve any plans of Selig's to test for HGH in the majors. Currently no other professional league in North America conducts the blood testing.
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Thayer Academy alumnus and Boston native Jeremy Roenick will be inducted into the the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 21, USA Hockey announced Thursday afternoon. He joins former coach/executive Lester Berglund, defensmen and brothers Derian and Kevin Hatcher, and Dr. V. George Nagobads.
The eighth overall pick in the 1988 NHL draft, Roenick made it to the Western Conference finals with the Blackhawks in his rookie year. In 1992 he reached the Stanley Cup finals, but the Blackhawks were swept by the Penguins. Roenick never won a Stanley Cup in his 20-year career that included stops in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Roenick had 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games for 1,213 points. The outspoken center was a nine-time All-Star.
A league source has confirmed former Boston College offensive lineman Matt Tennant has signed a contract with the Saints. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the National Football Post is reporting that the total base value of the deal is worth $1.96 million. A fifth-round pick of the Super Bowl champions, Tennant is a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder who started for three years with Boston College, including 41 straight at the end of his career despite undergoing two “Tommy John” surgeries —one on each elbow — during his high school and college career. For more football news, check out It Is What It Is.
The Patriots are the fifth most-valuable franchise in the world, according to the latest edition of Forbes. Compiled by the magazine using a variety of sources, the magazine assesses the overall value of the team at $1.36 billion, which puts them behind only the legendary soccer team Manchester United (first at $1.83 billion), the Cowboys ($1.65 billion), the Yankees ($1.6 billion) and the Redskins ($1.55 billion). For more on the Patriots, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about possible trade deadline moves around the league.
"Corey Hart might be a good fit for the Red Sox," Olney said, speculating that the Sox could have interest in the Brewers outfielder. David DeJesus of the Royals is another player rumored to be on the Red Sox' radar. "He certainly is an attractive player, and I know the Red Sox like him ... but there's no question they're going to bidding against other teams," Olney said, including the Padres as one such team.
Olney said the Sox' AL East rivals also will be busy as the July 31 deadline approaches. "The Yankees are going to get better," he said, noting that New York is working to improve its bench, with plans to improve the pitching as well. As for the Rays: "I do think they're going to add a bat," he said, noting that Tampa...
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