MLB bashes A-Rod, agent for bad timing
Baseball had this message for Alex Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras: Shame on you. Boras announced during Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night that A-Rod was opting out of the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees. The timing left baseball officials livid. "We were very disappointed that Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement," said Bob DuPuy, MLB's chief operating officer, in a Monday e-mail to The Associated Press. "There was no reason to make an announcement last night other than to try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game." After their team won the title, Red Sox fans stood behind the visitors' dugout at Coors Field, chanting, "Don't sign A-Rod!" Baseball, Page C-3
Franklin may be in for more punishment
The Sac-Joaquin Section will hold a news conference today at 1 p.m. to possibly reveal further sanctions against Franklin High of Stockton and its football program. The section ruled three players from American Samoa were ineligible after a six-month investigation into the illegal recruitment of players from American Samoa. Franklin defied the section Friday, playing the trio in a win over Tracy. The section's board of managers will hold a closed session this morning. Section commissioner Pete Saco said the decision to use the three players was a "step back. I think this might be the first time this has happened in the United States. I know it's the first time anything like this has happened in California."
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Auto racing has own 'Water-gate'
NASCAR conceded Monday that water got into the fuel supply of more than two cars during the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, apparently leading to a crash that took out several top contenders in the closing laps. Denny Hamlin was leading the Pep Boys Auto 500 with three laps to go when his car stalled while taking the green flag after a caution period. Martin Truex, who led the most laps Sunday, smashed into the back of Hamlin's car and finished 31st. Hamlin slipped to 24th. Both were in the Chase for the championship. "There are multiple teams that are showing positive for some level of water contamination level in their fuel," said John Darby, NASCAR's Nextel Cup director. "I can't tell you the exact number. It's more than two and less than (the full field of) 43 at the moment." Darby dismissed sabotage as a possible explanation, saying too many teams were affected for anyone to have been singled out. He said the problem likely occurred in the piping that runs from the tanks to the pumps, or in the pumps themselves, which teams use to fill the high-tech cans that are used for fueling.