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A woman says she had a sexual relationship with former baseball great Pete Rose in the 1970s, starting when she was 14 or 15 years old. Her sworn testimony was submitted Monday as part of a federal lawsuit Rose filed last year in Philadelphia against a lawyer whose investigation got the all-time hits leader kicked out of baseball for gambling. Rose alleges John Dowd defamed him in 2015 by saying Rose raped girls during spring training. Rose’s lawyer says the woman’s submitted testimony is ‘‘a big distraction’’ that shows Dowd can’t defend himself in the case. The woman, identified as ‘‘Jane Doe,’’ says they began a sexual relationship in Cincinnati in 1973 that lasted several years. Rose said in a statement accompanying Monday’s filing that he did have a relationship with the woman — starting when she was 16, which is the age of consent in Ohio.
Markov, Montreal go separate ways
Longtime Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed a two-year contract with the Russian club Ak Bars Kazan to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it would not keep the 38-year-old for a 17th NHL season. Markov will be reunited with Ak Bars coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who coached Markov on Russia’s Olympic team in 2014 . . . Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella received a one-year contract extension following a season in which he was the NHL’s Coach of the Year. Tortorella was entering the last year of a five-year, $10 million deal he signed with Vancouver . . . Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu agreed to a two-year, $4.8 million deal in foregoing the opportunity to have his contract determined at an arbitration hearing.
Hawks cut Stone 3 weeks after trade
The Atlanta Hawks waived center Diamond Stone only three weeks after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade. Stone’s 2017-18 contract for $1,312,611 is guaranteed. The Hawks also acquired guard Jamal Crawford, who was waived after agreeing to a buyout, in the trade in which they obtained a top-three protected 2018 first-round draft pick and $1.3 million from the Clippers . . . The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed restricted free agent Tony Snell, bringing back a backcourt starter and one of the team’s best defenders. Snell was acquired last year from Chicago for guard Michael Carter-Williams . . . The Chicago Sky traded Imani Boyette and Tamera Young to Atlanta for Jordan Hooper and the Dream’s first-round pick in next year’s WNBA draft . . . Thomas Shaughnessy, a 6-foot-1-inch guard entering his senior year at Needham High, announced his verbal commitment to Brown University via Twitter. Shaughnessy was a Globe Player of the Year last season, leading the Rockets to the Division 1 semifinals against Cambridge Ringe and Latin.
Ronaldo denies he dodged taxes
Cristiano Ronaldo told a judge in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain, he has ‘‘never tried to avoid taxes.’’ The Real Madrid superstar, who is from Portugal, was questioned to determine whether he committed tax fraud worth almost $17.5 million. Ronaldo spent more than 90 minutes answering the questions of investigating Spanish judge Monica Gome as part of an investigation to determine if there are grounds to charge him. In June, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14. The prosecutor accused the Portugal forward of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid . . . Manchester United signed midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea to a three-year contract reportedly worth $52 million. The 28-year-old Serb rejoins former manager Jose Mourinho after playing a key role when the Portuguese coach guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in the 2014-15 season . . . UEFA banned Manchester United defender Phil Jones for two European games for abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final in May. Jones was also fined $5,900, while the club was fined $11,800 for incidents which took place after United beat Ajax to win the Europa League title in Stockholm.
McIlroy reportedly fires his caddie
Rory McIlroy fired his caddie and will use his best friend at the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship, according to published reports. Reuters cited a source it did not identify as saying McIlroy parted ways with J.P. Fitzgerald. They have worked together for nine years, during which McIlroy won four major championships and reached No. 1 in the world. McIlroy’s caddie the next two tournaments reportedly will be Harry Diamond . . . Olympic 800-meter champion and world record-holder David Rudisha withdrew from the world championships after straining a thigh muscle training in Kenya. The championships open at London’s Olympic Stadium Friday. Rudisha is the second defending champion from Kenya to miss the world championships after 400-meter hurdles title holder Nicholas Bett withdrew because of injury last week . . . Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner advanced to the second round of the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria, after 2016 finalist Nikoloz Basilashvili pulled out in the second set of their match. Basilashvili lost the first set, 7-5, and trailed, 3-0, in the second when he withdrew with a hip injury.