Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball Thursday after being ejected from a game against Washington Tuesday for having pine tar on his glove. Peralta, who played for the Nationals in 2010, was set to replace starter David Price and was throwing warm-up pitches before the bottom of the eighth inning when Washington manager Davey Johnson asked umpire crew chief Tim Tschida to inspect Peralta’s glove. According to MLB rules, pitchers may not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball or have a foreign substance in their possession . . . Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy, 25, underwent successful right elbow ligament replacement surgery, also known as Tommy John surgery. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. . . . Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had surgery on his left groin to remove scar tissue and will miss at least six weeks. Tulowitzki, who has been sidelined since May 30, was hitting .287 with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 47 games this season . . . Arizona (46-17) advanced to Sunday’s best-of-three College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State. The Seminoles will face the winner of Friday night’s matchup between two-time defending national champion South Carolina and Arkansas. Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting the Gamecocks (48-18) to a 2-0 victory over the Razorbacks (46-21). South Carolina’s Michael Roth threw a two-hitter against Kent State earlier in the day to keep the Gamecocks’ hopes alive . . . The Kansas City Royals sent minor league pitcher Sean O’Sullivan, 24, to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash. He was 5-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 17 games, including five starts, for Triple A Omaha.
League denies coverup in bounty probe
The NFL is denying accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names. Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared this week for an appeal hearing, a full transcript of which has been obtained by the AP. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said claims of a gag order are “completely untrue.’’ The hearing transcript also shows that the NFL Players Association formally asked Goodell to recuse himself from ongoing appeal proceedings, saying he is incapable of being unbiased . . . Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was on the field Thursday morning, laughing with teammates and participating fully in the last practice of minicamp. Harvin’s request to be traded, followed by his absence Wednesday afternoon from the mandatory session, was shelved for a while even if it’s unresolved. “It’s a new day today,’’ said coach Leslie Frazier. “The fact that he was engaged and working to help us win, that’s where my focus is. Just glad that he was participating in what we’re doing. You move forward.’’ Harvin declined to be interviewed but tweeted that he’d see his fans in Mankato, where the Vikings report to training camp July 26 . . . A federal judge dismissed a complaint filed against the NFL by Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who was seeking to overturn his six-game drug suspension. Ginsberg said Williams will appeal . . . NFL referees filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the sport is trying to bypass their union in negotiations on a new contract. The NFL sent letters directly to game officials that “contained inaccurate, false, and incomplete information regarding bargaining issues and proposals,’’ the NFL Referees Association said in the charge filed June 19 with the federal agency. The league has said it would begin hiring and training replacement officials after talks with the union stalled.
Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks hired Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, led by agent Jim Tanner, to represent him in marketing endorsements, licensing, personal appearances, media relations, and community investments. The firm will collaborate with Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, on free agency and basketball matters. The Knicks said they intend to keep the former Harvard standout, who will become a restricted free agent next month . . . San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker filed suit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against the W.i.P. Club and its operators for $20 million over a scratched retina he says he suffered during a fight last week involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage . . . Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens will miss playing for Britain the London Olympics because of a toe injury . . . In the WNBA, Briann January scored 20 points to lead the host Indiana Fever to a 95-61 victory over the Connecticut Sun. The Fever set a franchise record with 15 3-pointers . . . Seimone Augustus scored a season-high 26 points to lead the host Minnesota Lynx past the New York Liberty, 102-70 . . . The Nashville Predators signed former Boston University forward Brandon Yip to a one-year deal worth $750,000. The Predators claimed Yip off waivers from Colorado Jan. 19.