Mayo: ‘Energy drink’ caused suspension
Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J.
Mayo said he believes an “energy drink” he bought at a gas station contained the substance that led to his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy.
Mayo was jovial and smiling as he spoke about his suspension for the first time Saturday before the Grizzlies’ game against the Washington Wizards, taking questions from reporters on the team’s practice court.
But he wouldn’t get too specific.
“I didn’t know it had any bad substances in it, and it caused a 10-game suspension,” Mayo said. “. . . It’s not like I went to a GNC and got some Muscle Armor or ordered some supplement off the Internet or anything. It was just a local gas station that kind of got me hemmed up.”
The NBA suspended Mayo on Thursday after he tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is on the league’s list of banned performance-enhancing drugs. His suspension started Friday night at Philadelphia, and he will be eligible to return Feb. 15, also against the 76ers in Memphis. . . .
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were both on the team flight to Oklahoma City, a sign that both may be in the lineup when the Heat visit the Thunder on Sunday afternoon. An MRI exam on Wade’s sore right wrist Saturday morning showed no structural damage, and Bosh’s sprained left ankle has improved in recent days.
Neither played in Miami’s 8887 win over Detroit on Friday night. Bosh has been sidelined since Jan. 15. . . . The Atlanta Hawks’ Marvin
Williams has been suspended two games and the New York Knicks’
Shawne Williams one game for throwing punches Friday night.
Marvin Williams started things when he shoved Shawne Williams in the back as they ran up the court with 43 seconds left in the Hawks’ 111-102 victory. The NBA cited Marvin Williams on Saturday for throwing punches and fighting, while Shawne Williams received a one-game ban for throwing a punch during an altercation. Both suspensions are without pay.
The Baltimore Orioles have undergone radical changes during the offseason, and they still hope to add a few more players to the mix — most notably designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.
Club President Andy MacPhail confirmed Saturday that the team has made an offer to Guerrero, a free agent who last season hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBI for the AL champion Texas Rangers.
When told that fans and the local media were wondering about the possibility of adding Guerrero, MacPhail replied, “We’re wondering too, to some degree.”
MacPhail says he’s in discussions with representatives of at least three other players. . . .
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a $5.8 million contract for Mike Napoli, avoiding arbitration with the catcher-first baseman the team acquired on Tuesday in a trade with Toronto.
Florida State’s Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes, including a clinching 23-yarder to Texas Christian’s Jeremy Kerley in the South’s 24-10 Senior Bowl victory over the North in Mobile, Ala.
Ponder completed 7 of 13 passes for 132 yards, including several big ones to a onetime rival Leonard Hankerson of Miami. Ponder was looking for a happier transition to an NFL career after missing the ACC championship with an elbow injury and most of the Seminoles’ bowl game thanks to a concussion. Ponder led scoring drives on the South’s first two possessions and put on the finishing touches after the North rallied from a 17-0 deficit. Maryland’s Da’Rel Scott had the only touchdown for the North, a 1-yard run that brought it within a touchdown. Scott carried five times for 15 yards and also caught a pass for 34 yards.
Hankerson had 100 yards on five catches, including an 18-yard touchdown and a 48-yarder to set up another score — both from Ponder. Washington quarterback Jake
Locker led a touchdown drive but also had offensive linemen save him on two fumbles for theNorth.
Barcelona won, 3-0, at Hercules, with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a three-minute span. The two-time FIFA player of the year scored in the 87th and 89th minutes, raising his season total to 37 goals, including 21 in the league.
Pedro Rodriguez had the other goal.
Barcelona is 19-1-1, its only league loss a 2-0 decision at home to Hercules on Sept. 11. Barcelona opened a seven-point lead over second-place RealMadrid. . . .
Japan won the Asian Cup for a record fourth time, defeating Australia, 1-0, in Doha, Qatar, in the final of a tournament that served as an early rehearsal for a country set to hold theWorld Cup in 2022. The lone goal was scored by substitute Tadanari Lee in extra time. . . .
Manchester United required a second-half rally to edge thirdtier side Southampton, 2-1, in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback
Joe Flacco is angry over the team’s decision to fire quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn. Zorn was dismissed on Thursday after one season with Baltimore. Flacco says he’s “not happy” and considers the move to be a personal attack on his own performance this season. . . .
The whereabouts of the puck that Chicago Blackhawks forward
Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup winning goal with last year are unknown and the FBI has offered to help a Chicago businessman try to find it. Kane scored in overtime to beat the Flyers in Game 6 at Philadelphia in June. The puck has been missing ever since.