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In brief: Texas Rangers manager failed cocaine test

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington publicly admitted he tested positive for cocaine last year.  (Associated Press)
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington publicly admitted he tested positive for cocaine last year. (Associated Press)

MLB: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted he made a “huge mistake” when he used cocaine and failed a Major League Baseball drug test last season.

In his first public acknowledgment, Washington apologized for his behavior, eight months after he told Rangers president Nolan Ryan, who turned down the manager’s offer to resign.

Washington said he used cocaine only once and called it “stupid” and “shameful.”

Washington said he told the commissioner’s office and Rangers officials about using cocaine before he had a routine drug test.

The Texas manager has been subject to increased testing since he failed, and said he has passed every subsequent test. He said he has completed the MLB drug treatment program. Management has a different set of drug-testing rules than the ones for players on 40-man rosters.

Games moved to Puerto Rico: A three-game series between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins in June will move from Miami to Puerto Rico.

The shift to San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium had been awaiting approval from Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

Tigers’ buzzer-beater tops Red Storm

Tournaments: Wesley Witherspoon scored 18 points, including the winning layup as time expired, to give Memphis (24-9) a 73-71 victory over St. John’s (17-16) in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.

Witherspoon drove down the left side of the lane and layed in a shot high off the glass over Anthony Mason Jr.

In other NIT games, Demetri McCamey had 16 points and 11 assists to lead Illinois (20-14) to a 76-66 win over Stony Brook (22-10) in Stony Brook, N.Y.; Rodriguez Sherman scored the winning layup with 20.8 seconds to go as Kent State (24-9) defeated Tulsa (23-12) 75-74 in Kent, Ohio; Mississippi (22-10) eased past Troy (20-13) in an 84-65 win at Oxford, Miss.; Nevada (21-12) held on for a 74-70 victory over Wichita State (25-10) in Wichita, Kan.; Rhode Island (24-9) used a big first half to defeat Northwestern (20-14) 76-66 in Kingston, R.I.; Dayton (21-12) ran away from Illinois State (22-11) in the second half in Dayton, Ohio, winning 63-42; Cincinnati (19-15) handled Weber State (20-11) on defense for a 76-62 win in Cincinnati; and Virginia Tech (24-8) cruised past Quinnipiac (23-10) 81-61 in Blacksburg, Va.

At the College Basketball Invitational, John Holland scored 26 points as Boston (20-13) rolled to a 96-78 win over Oregon State (14-18) at Corvallis, Ore.

Cal’s Montgomery suspends Amoke

College men: California starting forward Omondi Amoke has been suspended indefinitely by coach Mike Montgomery for a violation of team rules, a blow for the Golden Bears heading into their NCAA opener.

Amoke moved into the starting lineup late in the season.

Seahawks add QB help in Whitehurst

NFL: The Seahawks are set to acquire a new quarterback, and based off what they’re shelling out, they’re expecting big things out of Charlie Whitehurst.

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, the Seahawks will obtain Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers in a trade that calls for the teams to swap second round picks in 2010, moving Seattle 20 spots lower in the draft. San Diego will also receive Seattle’s third-round pick in 2011.

On top of that, Seattle has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Whitehurst worth $5 million per year, a sign that the Seahawks new front office views the 27-year-old former Clemson quarterback as more than a backup.

The Seahawks also signed former Tampa Bay linebacker Matt McCoy to a $630,000, one-year contract, adding depth to their defense and special teams.

The 27-year-old second-round pick of Philadelphia in 2005 played in 12 games, including two starts, last season.

Cardinals pick up Anderson: The Arizona Cardinals have come to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent quarterback Derek Anderson.

The one-time Pro Bowl quarterback comes to Arizona as the Cardinals look for someone to compete with Matt Leinart, the only quarterback the team has under contract after Kurt Warner’s retirement.

•Grossman joins Redskins: Former Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman has signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Grossman spent last season with the Houston Texans.

•Dolphins sign Incognito: Volatile but versatile Richie Incognito is joining the Miami Dolphins on a one-year contract. Incognito, who has started 47 NFL games, will contend for a starting job at right guard. The Dolphins will be his third NFL team since December.

Eagles release Andrews: The Eagles released former All-Pro right guard Shawn Andrews in a move that was expected. Andrews, who missed the 2008 training camp because of depression, has played in just two games over the past two years because of back injuries.

League considers new OT format: NFL owners will vote next week whether to allow each team a possession in overtime in the playoffs if the team winning the OT coin toss kicks a field goal on the first series.

Previously, the game would end whenever either side scores. But NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay says a trend has developed showing too strong an advantage for teams winning the coin toss to start overtime.

Carter leads Magic past San Antonio

NBA: Vince Carter had 24 points and eight assists, and the Magic smothered Tim Duncan to beat San Antonio 110-84 in Orlando, Fla.

Duncan had five points and was 1 for 10 from the field in the worst shooting percentage game of his career, a big reason the Spurs lost for only the second time in their last 10 games. Duncan’s previous low was a 1-for-8 night against Minnesota on April 20, 2005.

Rashard Lewis finished with 20 points for Orlando.

Beckham returns to London after surgery

Soccer: David Beckham arrived in London with his wife after flying in from the Finnish clinic where he had surgery for a torn Achilles tendon.

With his left leg in a cast, Beckham flew in on a private jet. He injured his foot on Sunday and will be sidelined for about six months, forcing him to miss the World Cup in South Africa.

Spoilers changed for Sprint Cup teams

NASCAR: Race officials will officially move from the wing to the more traditional spoiler at next weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Spoilers have been shipped to Sprint Cup teams and will be used for the first time at the Virginia short track.

The spoiler was tested by 25 Cup teams on Tuesday at Talladega Superspeedway.


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