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You can call him A-Roid

As Barry Bonds prepares to defend his name, the slugger who may eventually surpass him as the all-time home run leader has become ensnared by the Steroids Era: Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids during his MVP season with Texas in 2003, Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Saturday.

The New York Yankees star has long denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez declined to discuss the tests when approached by SI on Thursday at a gym in Miami.

The SI revelations come at a time when baseball’s focus on drugs has concerned Bonds and the legal maneuvering leading to the start of his trial March 2. The government is trying to prove Bonds lied when he told a grand jury he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.

A three-time A.L. MVP, Rodriguez has hit 553 career homers. At age 33, the All-Star third baseman is the highest-paid player in baseball and regarded by many as the most likely to break Bonds’ record of 762.

The drug allegations follow an already bumpy off-season for Rodriguez, marked by further talk of his dalliance with Madonna and clubhouse gossip stemming from Joe Torre’s book in which some teammates referred to him as “A-Fraud.”

But a week before the Yankees open spring training, Rodriguez – certain to be dubbed “A-Roid” in the New York tabloids – faced more serious allegations after four sources told SI about his drug tests.

Rodriguez’s name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a 2003 baseball survey, SI said.

He reportedly tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone.

Prep basketball

Game stopped after melee

A boys basketball game between Redmond and Garfield turned into a melee Friday night.

A Redmond High School senior charged out of the stands and punched Garfield player De’Andre Taylor in the face, spurring a brawl involving both teams and fans.

The Redmond student who threw the punch reacted to a collision and verbal exchange between Taylor and Redmond player Max Wisman in a game in which opposing fans traded derisive chants.

Eight Garfield players were ejected by referees for leaving the bench and joining the mayhem.

The game was suspended with 5:26 remaining and Garfield leading 50-33.

“What we’ve agreed to do is suspend the game, send in video and go with whatever decision WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) makes,” Redmond athletic director John Applegate said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

Redmond police confirmed that the student was in custody.

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