That he was named in an affidavit released in connection with a June 6 federalraid on the home of Diamondbacks reliever Jason Grimsley, former first basemanDavid Segui (above). The document alleges that Grimsley received a shipment ofhuman growth hormone at home in April and that Grimsley identified at leasthalf a dozen major leaguers--the names were redacted--as users of bannedperformance enhancers (SI, June 19). Last Saturday, Segui, 39, who played forseven teams between 1990 and 2004, told ESPN that he was one of those players:He said he used HGH obtained with a doctor's prescription while playing."It was perfectly legal," said Segui.
By Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija, a five-year contract with the Cubsworth up to $7.25 million. Samardzija, who caught a school-record 15 touchdownpasses as a junior last season, was chosen by Chicago in the fifth round of themajor league draft earlier this month. (He went 8--2 with a 4.33 ERA for theNotre Dame baseball team this spring.) He will play for the rookie league BoiseHawks this summer--then return to South Bend to play football this fall. Apotential NFL first-round pick next year, Samardzija says he wants to go pro inboth football and baseball.
The season of pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel, who underwent knee surgeryon May 26. The Cardinals minor leaguer, 26, was a mound star as a rookie in2000, but he gave up pitching last season after trying for four years tocontrol his chronic wildness. He was on track to make St. Louis's roster--hehit 21 home runs in 85 minor league games last year--but injured his knee inspring training and never played a game this season. "You feelterrible," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I just don't know howmuch resilience he's got and if he feels it's worth it."
At age 88, Bill Moffitt, a former scout for the Brewers and the father oftennis trailblazer Billie Jean King and former major league reliever RandyMoffitt. A basketball player at Long Beach City College and a longtimefirefighter in Long Beach, Calif., Bill was a far cry from the manipulativestage fathers that are common in women's tennis. But he and his wife, Betty,were always supportive of their children's athletic ambitions. "They didn'tpush us; Randy and I pushed them," King told the Chicago Tribune in1990.
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By prized Ohio State recruit Greg Oden, 18, surgery to repair a torn wristligament. The 7-foot center (above), the national high school player of theyear last season, was injured in an Indiana state playoff game on Feb. 28. Heplayed six more postseason games, but when the wrist failed to heal he decidedto go under the knife. Oden started summer school at Ohio State on Monday, butit was too soon to tell if he would be ready when practice starts in October.Said coach Thad Matta, "We look forward to getting ... him back as quicklyas possible."
Not guilty to providing alcohol to three underage women, Bengals receiver ChrisHenry, 23. Henry turned himself in to authorities in Kenton County, Ky., lastThursday after an investigation into a claim by an 18-year-old woman that hesexually assaulted her at a hotel. She recanted her story, but the probe led tocharges that could land Henry in jail for three years. The case caps a troubledoff-season for Henry, who has been arrested four times in seven months. InMarch he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession (he avoided prison time bycompleting drug rehab), and in August he will stand trial on a concealed weaponcharge stemming from a January arrest in Orlando. He was also cited for drunkendriving in Clermont County, Ohio, on June 4 and faces a court date for thatcharge later this month.
By Lance Armstrong, that Dick Pound be removed or suspended as head of theWorld Anti-Doping Agency, in a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge. Lastmonth an independent Dutch investigator cleared Armstrong (right) ofallegations printed in a French newspaper that he used the banned substance EPOwhen he won his first Tour in 1999. Pound was dismissive of the Dutchinvestigator's efforts, however, and a WADA statement labeled them"farcical." In his letter Armstrong said Pound's conduct was"reprehensible" and urged that Rogge remove him from office. An IOCspokeswoman said the committee would probably discuss the matter at itsmeetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week.
With debit cards that the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued to GulfCoast residents displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year, Saintsseason tickets. FEMA issued debit cards to help storm victims pay for housingand other necessities last September. Last week a congressional audit showedthat up to $1.4 billion was instead spent for such things as a sex-changeoperation, a Caribbean vacation and five season tickets for the Saints, whowill return to the Superdome in September. Said Representative Michael McCaul,chair of the House Homeland Security investigations subcommittee, "This isan insult to the victims of Katrina."
The Marlins' batting average this season in at bats immediately followingintentional walks to Miguel Cabrera; Florida is 7 for 10 when its third basemanhas been given a free pass.
Major leaguers who have hit 300 home runs and stolen 300 bases: Barry Bonds,Willie Mays, Andre Dawson, Bobby Bonds, Reggie Sanders and Giants outfielderSteve Finley, who joined the club last week.
Unearned runs allowed by the Angels this season, six more than they allowed alllast year.
Differential between Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez's home (.370) and road(.197) batting averages this season, the largest in the majors.