Mayo: ‘En­ergy drink’ caused sus­pen­sion

The Washington Post Sunday - - TENNIS -

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.

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