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Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance, it was announced Tuesday.

Cano tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, which violates the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He will not appeal the suspension, which begins immediately.

“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance,” Cano said in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. “… For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a performance enhancing substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.”

Under MLB’s drug policy, players are not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he intended to use it as a masking agent.

A source familiar with the case told ESPN’s T.J. Quinn that Cano tested positive before the season and appealed. During the appeal, MLB apparently was able to determine his intent, resulting in Cano dropping his appeal, the source said.

Cano said he was given Furosemide by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic and that the substance is used to great “various medical conditions” there and in the United States.

“While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.”

Cano suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand when he was struck by a pitch from Detroit’s Blaine Hardy on Sunday. He was placed on the disabled list Monday and was scheduled to see a specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

MLB said Cano’s time on the disabled list will count toward his 80-game suspension. Baseball’s drug program doesn’t distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player. However, he will lose his salary — $11.85 million of his $24 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell — and is ineligible for the postseason and the All-Star Game.

“This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance,” Cano said in his statement. “I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season.”

The Mariners issued a statement saying they were disappointed.

“Robinson made a mistake,” the team’s statement said. “He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge.”

Source: ESPN

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Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling

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The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.
The court said the federal law violated constitutional principles limiting the federal government from controlling state policy, unconstitutionally forcing states to prohibit sports betting under their own laws.
“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 6-3 opinion. “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.”
Immediately after the ruling, the stock price for Caesars Entertainment rose 6%, and DraftKings said it will enter the sports betting market.
“Today’s decision clears the way for all states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting, and in one fell swoop gets rid of Nevada’s monopoly on the subject and the 1992 federal statute that had protected it,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.
“The question now is whether Congress will leave the states to make their own choices or will now try to enact some kind of federal regulation of sports betting,” Vladeck added.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated the decision, which began with a lawsuit brought by former-Gov. Chris Christie.
“I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago,” Murphy said Monday. “Today’s ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country.”
The controversy started in 2011, when New Jersey voters approved a measure to legalize sports betting to help the casino industries in a faltering economy. But the state law was immediately challenged by professional sports leagues and the NCAA, which pointed to a federal law passed in 1992 that bans state sports betting with some exceptions.
NCAA’s chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement that while the organization is still reviewing how court’s decision affects college sports, it will “will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.”
Major League Baseball released a statement saying the decision will have “profound effects” on the sport.
“Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games,” MLB’s statement continued. “We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.”
Major American sports leagues — including the NFL, NBA and the MLB — offered cautious reaction to the news, saying they would take steps to protect the integrity of the games and called for regulatory framework.
Source: CNN

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