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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 3:36 AM

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — With his staff pursuing yet another investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball's drug-testing program on the eve of the All-Star game and insisted "this sport is cleaner than it's ever been."

Selig declined to detail timing for decisions in the probe of the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs. MLB could attempt to discipline former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun along with other players.

Baseball began drug testing for the 2003 season, added penalties the following year, banned amphetamines in 2006 and started HGH blood testing last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The AP.

The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star game festivities on Tuesday with the players' union and New York AG Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

The announcement follows Schneiderman's agreement this year with the NFL on similar policies.

NFL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey has apologized for wearing a baseball cap supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez.

Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, were photographed wearing hats that read "Free Hernandez" during their co-birthday party in Miami on Saturday night.

Hernandez, who has plead not guilty to murder charges, played at the University of Florida with the Pounceys from 2007-09.

Maurkice Pouncey posted on his Twitter account Monday he understands the "seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate." Pouncey apologized if he offended anyone.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos came down hard on their two executives facing drunken driving charges, suspending them without pay and making it clear they must straighten out their lives if they want to work in the NFL again.

Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month. Team president Joe Ellis said both men expressed remorse. But "this in no way excuses their conduct," Ellis said.

Russell and Heckert will be provided with confidential treatment, rehabilitation and counseling services and must comply with these programs before they're allowed to return to work, Ellis said.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.

Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest. He had faced up to 180 days in jail for the June 2012 incident.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams said leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face "serious consequences" after being arrested last month on a drug charge during a traffic stop.

In a statement, the Hall of Fame coach said he hasn't yet determined a punishment for Hairston, who has also been cited twice by police while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon.

Williams said there are "several options available," including a possible suspension. Hairston faces an August court hearing and isn't enrolled in summer school. The team is in the offseason so Williams says he will wait "until the process is complete" to decide on the punishment.

Hairston was arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

FORBES' MOST VALUABLE TEAMS

NEW YORK (AP) — Real Madrid tops Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams, with Manchester United and Barcelona holding the next two spots.

Forbes says Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion, moving up a spot from No. 2 last year.

Man United, which was No. 1 last year, is worth $3.17 million. Barcelona, Real Madrid's fierce rival and Spanish League champions last season, is worth $2.6 billion.

The New York Yankees are fourth with a value of $2.3 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are fifth at $2.1 billion.

Thirty NFL teams made the list, along with seven baseball teams and seven soccer teams.

ATHLETICS

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (AP) — Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of Tyson Gay after the American sprinter's positive doping test. After learning that a banned substance was detected in a May out-of-competition test, Gay pulled out of the upcoming world championships.

In a statement, Adidas says "we are shocked by these recent allegations, and even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended."

The sportswear giant has backed Gay since 2005 and says such sponsorships are terminated "if the athlete is found guilty of the possession, or use of drugs, or any other prohibited substance by the relevant governing sports body having jurisdiction over the athlete.

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