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Tony Bosch surrenders to DEA; A-Rod’s cousin Yuri Sucart arrested

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Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday morning as part of the DEA’s “Operation Strikeout.” The news was first reported by ESPN’s TJ Quinn.

Bosch has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. The charges against Bosch are not limited to providing steroids to professional athletes, as he also allegedly distributed controlled substances to numerous high school-aged athletes.

While Bosch could face up to 10 years in prison, Quinn reports that he surrendered after his attorney struck a deal with the US Attorney’s office. If you remember, part of Bosch’s dealing with Major League Baseball included a guarantee from the league that they would put in a good word with law enforcement officials if Bosch agreed to cooperate. It is unclear what type of role — if any — Bosch’s alleged agreement with MLB played in his decision to surrender.

In addition to Bosch, several other Biogenesis associates were brought into custody on Tuesday morning. Alex Rodrguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart was also arrested on conspiracy charges.

Sucart filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against A-Rod last year after Rodriguez publicly stated that Sucart pressured him to take steroids several years ago. If the charges against Sucart are upheld, it will be interesting to see if MLB or the New York Yankees can tie him to A-Rod.

Photo: Twitter/TJ Quinn

Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier fight at press conference (Video)

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have talked a ton of trash in advance of their Sept. 27 fight, and tempers finally boiled over during their scheduled press conference at the MGM Grand on Monday. Jones and Cormier were standing toe-to-toe on stage (standard stuff) when things turned ugly in a hurry.

Cormier started the scrum when he shoved Jones. The light heavyweight champion didn’t appear to say anything to the challenger, though he probably didn’t have after he called Cormier “fresh meat” over Twitter a few weeks ago. Jones responded to the shove by throwing a swing at Cormier and the two men tore the backdrop down while rumbling.

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Jones and Cormier have been going at it on Twitter for weeks, which is unusual for Jonny Bones. He’s typically quiet leading up to fights, but he continued the smack talk after Monday’s brawl.

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Brett Favre to have jersey retired by Packers next summer

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers appear to have set a date to officially bury the hatchet. According to a statement posted on Favre’s website over the weekend, the former NFL quarterback will have his No. 4 jersey retired next summer and be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.

“It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers,” the statement read. “Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM In the history of the NFL.”

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that the Packers will make the announcement official on Monday afternoon with an event at Lambeau Field. Favre is not expected to be present but will communicate by telephone.

Last month, Packers president Mark Murphy said the team is waiting to retire Favre’s jersey because the Lambeau legend “wouldn’t want to come back and get booed.” Favre, who spent 16 seasons with the Packers and won a Super Bowl, later insisted that is not true.

“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.”

Favre’s not going to get booed. Sure, he left on bad terms and held back a clearly NFL-ready quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, but Packers fans understand what Favre meant to the franchise. They’ll be more than willing to forget that he signed with a division rival.

T-Wolves owner: We are likely trading Kevin Love

Kevin LoveAll indications have been that the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to trade Kevin Love, and the team’s owner essentially confirmed that.

T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press‘ Charley Walters about the team’s plans.

“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Walters says a deal is expected Aug. 23 or 24 because that is when the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are the likely trade partner, would be able to deal No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavs on July 24 and cannot be traded for a month per league rules.

Walters says the Warriors, Bulls and 76ers could also try to make plays for Love, but Cleveland likely has the strongest offer on the table.

This is no surprise — everything has pointed to this deal getting done. And given the circumstances, the Timberwolves would be receiving a heck of a return by getting back Wiggins and another player/pick or two. Wiggins is going to be a star. Love was going to leave them in a year anyway. This will be a great deal for both sides.

Paul George injury has NBA execs wanting to pull their players

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Paul George’s freak injury that resulted in a compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibia may have some serious consequences for USA Basketball.

After watching George go down and the Indiana Pacers’ season end before it begins, NBA executives started to panic and fear that the same could happen to their stars. As a result, they may want to pull their players from USA Basketball.

Here’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted after the injury:

SI’s Chris Mannix tweeted the same thing:

We went through this same debate when the World Baseball Classic began, and we go through it every time an NHL player gets hurt during international competition.

I understand the fears of the GMs and owners, but they need to let go. Our best players should be representing us in international play. Freak injuries can occur at any time. How many players hurt themselves while practicing or working out or even in pickup games? Injuries happen. Don’t ruin our chances at winning gold medals because of one sucky injury.

Dustin Johnson reportedly had sex with another PGA golfer’s wife

Dustin-Johnson-Paulina-GretzkyDustin Johnson has reportedly been suspended from the PGA Tour for testing positive for cocaine. While there have always been rumors linking Johnson’s name to drugs and partying, very few details were ever known. That changed on Friday, as Golf.com also reports that Johnson is known to have had a “sexual indiscretion” with another PGA Tour player’s wife.

Simply put, Dustin doesn’t sound like a stand-up guy.

Johnson’s conduct has long been a topic of conversation among close observers of the Tour. He is often seen in bars near his home in Jupiter, Fla., and is also known to have had a sexual indiscretion with at least one wife of a PGA Tour player.

That could mean a number of things, but the implication is obviously that Johnson had sex with a co-worker’s wife. If that is true, the details aren’t all that important.

It is unclear when the alleged sexual encounter would have taken place. Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky and has been dating her for quite some time, so the timing of the incident may or may not add another disturbing element to the story. Recent photos of Johnson and Gretzky seem to indicate that they are quite happy together.

Johnson was also reportedly suspended from the PGA Tour in 2012 for a positive cocaine test, though he has always maintained that he was out for several weeks with a back injury. There is obviously a lot we don’t know about him.

You can see photos of Johnson’s soon-to-be wife below:

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Dustin Johnson suspended for positive cocaine test

dustin-johnsonDustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he is taking a leave of absence from golf to sort out some personal issues. Part of that is true, but the 30-year-old left out the part about him failing a drug test and being suspended.

According to Golf.com, Johnson is serving a six-month suspension for testing positive for cocaine. He has reportedly failed three drug tests during his time on the PGA Tour — one in 2009 for marijuana, one for cocaine in 2012 and now this.

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Under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy, drug violations involving any substance deemed to be performance-enhancing are made public. Violations involving recreational drugs are not, which is why Johnson’s failed test in 2012 remained under wraps. As we explained previously, Johnson has denied that he was suspended in 2012 and always maintained that he chose to take time off for injury.

“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in a statement on Thursday. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”

The PGA Tour followed with a statement wishing Johnson well and had no comment when asked directly about his failed drug tests and suspensions.

Johnson, one of the longest hitters on the Tour, was having one of the best seasons of his professional career. He finished 4th at the US Open and 12th at the Open Championship and had seven top-10 finishes overall. He will now miss the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup playoffs in addition to the Ryder Cup in September.

As most of you know, Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky. You can see some photos of the seemingly happy couple here.