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Sports briefs for Oct. 13, 2013

By Wire Service reports, Special to the BDN

Yankees GM would like Rodriguez back

Despite reports that the New York Yankees want to rid themselves of third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his enormous salary, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN radio Sunday that the team wants him back and does not want him suspended.

Rodriguez, who is still owed $86 million, faces a 211-game suspension stemming from Major League Baseball’s investigation of former South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez is in hearings appealing his ban.

Cashman said that Rodriguez is very difficult to replace, even though they are trying to get below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million.

“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.”

NFLPA wants to investigate Tampa coach

The NFL Players Association wants the NFL to investigate Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and his possible role in leaking information about former quarterback Josh Freeman’s status in the league’s substance-abuse program.

USA Today reported Saturday night that the union asked the NFL for help to form a joint investigation so union officers could question Schiano and other Buccaneers officials.

“We take the confidentiality provision of the policy as seriously as the union and will vigorously pursue any leads the union provides,” the NFL said in a statement Sunday. “However, such information should be shared confidentially with our office rather than inappropriately leaked to the media before the investigation has been concluded into the matter.”

The union said it learned through its own investigation that Schiano discussed Freeman’s participation in the league’s drug program with other players before Freeman was released by the team on Oct. 3.

Schiano has denied leaking information about Freeman being in a drug program.

Cards’ Carpenter to retire

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire during the offseason, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Carpenter has made no public announcement, but his agent, Bob LaMonte, told the Globe that Carpenter plans to retire and may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization.

Carpenter, 38, did not pitch at all in 2013 and made only three appearances in 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Anthony glad he decided against surgery

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he took a “huge risk” when he decided not to haveoffseason shoulder surgery, but is “ecstatic” with his results he has had through rehabbing, ESPNNewYork.com reported.

Anthony said Saturday night he played with a torn rotator cuff and partially torn labrum in his left shoulder late last season.

Instead of having surgery to repair the problem, Anthony opted for intensive rehab.

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