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The good news? Catching cheaters is what a drug testing program is supposed to do, so this constant drip-drip-drip of big names (including 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun, who also tested positive but got off on a technicality) definitely shows MLB's program is working. On the other hand, it reminds us that performance-enhancing drugs are still an integral part of the game. And that's a big problem for everyone who already happily declared the game's Steroids Era to be over. Over? It has barely begun. Let's use the Olympics as a comparison. The International Olympic Committee started testing for performance-enhancing drugs in 1968. MLB began in 2003. So baseball is 35 years behind the Olympics. (USA Today)Comment
Change is a constant in the NFL, where seven teams will open with new coaches 2012, and job security is tenuous for coaches such as Norv Turner. The Chargers coach almost lost his job after finishing 8-8 last season, but team president Dean Spanos opted to give it one more try with Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. San Diego is 52-34 since Turner took over in 2007 but has gone 17-15 in the past two seasons and has only three playoff wins despite having had one of the better rosters in the NFL. The players went to bat for Turner after last season, and it worked. They'll have to do it again this season by making the playoffs. ... Another 8-8 season and Turner -- and probably Smith -- will be gone. (ESPN.com)Comment
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has his sights set on an October return, and, by all indications, he's on target in recovering from ankle issues that forced him to miss 40 games in 2011-12. He's been rehabbing all summer, and it looks as though he'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp in early October. ... Assuming you're looking at a four-year deal, what do you offer him? Is four years, $32 million a reasonable offer for Curry under the circumstances? How about four years, $28 million? Too low, you say ... how about four years in the $36 million to $40 million range? New Orleans guard Eric Gordon signed a four-year, $60 million deal, and so did Brooklyn center Brook Lopez. (CSN Bay Area)Comment
Jurgen Melzer warms up before his match against John Isner during the third round of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Wednesday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
As Kobe Bryant celebrates his 34th birthday, here's a look back at some of his funniest press conference moments.
Game To Watch
Athletics at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET
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SI Vault: Gaylord Perry
This Day in Sports
- 1982 -- Mariners pitcher Gaylord Perry is ejected from a game after throwing an illegal spitball.
- 1989 -- Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball after being accused of gambling on baseball.
- 1993 -- Atlanta teammates Fred McGriff and David Justice become the sixth tandem to hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same game.