Delay granted in MLB drug lawsuitMiami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick agreed Wednesday to allow a 10-day stay for depositions of two witnesses in Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against now-closed Biogenesis of America, a clinic accused of providing banned substances to players. The delay provides time for attorneys to seek a longer stay while an appeals court decides whether to throw out the lawsuit. Attorney Jeffrey Sonn said the appeals court has ordered MLB lawyers to respond to his challenge by Sept. 15. Sonn represents Yuri Sucart, a cousin of Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Sucart has previously admitted obtaining banned performance-enhancing drugs for Rodriguez . . . Meanwhile, A-Rod is cutting off all non-baseball talk after a weekend in which he sparred with the Yankees and MLB over his medical care and his doping case from the Biogenesis scandal . . . Royals infielder Miguel Tejada, already suspended 105 games for using amphetamines, was cleared by MLB of allegations he received performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic . . . Grant Holman hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth and Chula Vista, Calif., rallied for a 6-3 victory over New England champion Westport, Conn., to earn a berth in the US championship game at the Little League World Series at South Williamsport, Pa. Japan beat Mexico, 5-2, to earn a berth in the international championship game.
Paul elected president of players’ union
Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul was elected president of the NBA players’ association, replacing Derek Fisher. Paul was a vice president on the executive committee for the past four years . . . Former Xavier player Dez Wells sued the school, alleging it damaged his reputation by expelling him for what he says was a false sexual assault accusation. School president Father Michael Graham said the university denies the allegations and will defend its decision to expel Wells.
WEEI hires Graham as brand managerKevin Graham has been hired by Entercom Boston as the new brand manager for WEEI. Although the title is different, he in essence replaces Jason Wolfe, the longtime programming director who was let go by the station last week after nearly 22 years. “I am honored and excited to join the WEEI team,” Graham said in a statement. “WEEI is one of the most recognizable and powerful sports radio brands in the country.’’ Graham will begin his new job in early September. Graham comes to WEEI from KFAN (1320) in Salt Lake City, where he was program director and afternoon drive cohost.
Star hurdler has yet to return to CubaThe Cuban track and field federation said hurdler Orlando Ortega has not returned to the country after competing in the world championships in Russia last week. Considered one of Cuba’s best hurdlers since Dayron Robles, Ortega was sixth at the 2012 London Olympics, but did not make it past the first qualifying race in the 110 hurdles in Russia, finishing sixth.
Minors need parents to attend fights
The Boston City Council passed an amended bill that will not allow minors under the age of 16 to attend UFC and MMA fights without parental supervision. “Extensive research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, desensitization to violence, fear, and depression,” City Council president Stephen Murphy told MassLive.com. “Studies have found that repeatedly exposing children to violent media is a risk factor for increases in aggression later in life.” . . . Sloane Stephens, ranked 17th in the world and looking for her first WTA tournament title, moved into the quarterfinals of the New Haven Open with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Julia Georges. After being dominated in the second set, Stephens won the next four games and cruised to the win. She Stephens is one of just three seeded players to advance past the second round. The others are defending champion Petra Kvitova,
who beat qualifier Alison Riske, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3; and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki, who turned back Karin Knapp, 6-1, 7-5. Top-seeded Sara Errani fell to Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5, 6-1, becoming the fifth of the tournament’s eight seeds to lose in the final WTA tune-up before next week’s US Open . . . Olympian John Orozco was named to the US men’s team for next month’s world gymnastics championships, replacing Danell Leyva, who withdrew Monday because of a shoulder injury . . .
In the WNBA, Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points, Tamika Catchings had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Fever snapped a three-game skid with an 80-63 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Indianapolis.