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By: Associated Press

A-Rod implicated in PED use, again
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is in the middle of Major League Baseball's latest doping investigation. An alternative weekly newspaper in Miami reports baseball's highest-paid star is among the big leaguers listed in the records of a Florida clinic the paper says sold performance-enhancing drugs.
The Miami New Times says that the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances between 2009 and 2012 from a now-closed anti-aging clinic near Rodriguez's offseason home in south Florida.
A-Rod's new public relations firm issued a statement denying the allegations.
New Times says it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz of Texas, among others.
Lewis calls SI report "stupidity"
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ray Lewis was the center of attention at Super Bowl media day, but he didn't appreciate being the focus.
The Ravens linebacker did not want to discuss a Sports Illustrated report that says he used deer antler spray to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. The company, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS), says its deer-antler substance contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone.
Lewis dismissed the report as "stupidity" as he prepares for his final game before retiring at age 37.
Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury.
Back to the future in Ann Arbor
UNDATED (AP) -- For the first time in two decades, Michigan's basketball team will be playing a game as the top-ranked team in the AP poll. The Wolverines moved up to No. 1 on Monday after beating Illinois a day earlier for their 19th win in 20 games this season.
Michigan is 6-1 in the Big Ten and tied for first place with Indiana heading into this evening's home game against Northwestern.
The third-ranked Hoosiers are 18-2 and on the road to play Purdue.
Also in the top 10 tonight, No. 4 Florida hosts South Carolina, former No. 1 Duke checks in at No. 5 for its game at Wake Forest and 10th-ranked Oregon visits Stanford.
Busy night on the NBA hardwood
UNDATED (AP) -- The league-leading Spurs return to the court tonight, riding the NBA's longest current winning streak. San Antonio will be looking for a ninth straight victory when it hosts the last-place Charlotte Bobcats.
Elsewhere, Eastern Conference leader Miami is at Brooklyn, New York hosts an Orlando team that's dropped six straight, Washington is at Philadelphia, Detroit plays at Indiana, Sacramento visits Boston, Atlanta is home to Toronto, the L.A. Clippers are at Minnesota, Milwaukee hosts Chicago, Denver puts a four-game winning streak on the line against Houston team that's won three in a row, New Orleans travels to Utah and the L.A. Lakers bring a three-game winning streak into their outing at Phoenix.
Chicago looking to protect unblemished record
UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL's Blackhawks will be looking to improve on the best start in franchise history when they take the ice tonight at Minnesota. Chicago is a perfect 6-0-0, matching idle San Jose for best record in the league. The Wild are 3-2-1.
Also this evening, Montreal is at Ottawa, Phoenix hosts Edmonton and Colorado skates at Vancouver.
Kelly resurfaces
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly took time off from his heavy recruiting schedule to hold his first news conference since the Fighting Irish lost to Alabama in the BCS title game.
Kelly says his interview with the Philadelphia Eagles was mainly an intellectual exercise aimed at getting more information about coaching in the NFL, but his heart remains in college football.
Kelly also says he didn't see any sign linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) was affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS game, but says in hindsight it may have been a factor.
Kelly says Te'o didn't play his best, but the Crimson Tide played a role in that. He says only Te'o knows how it affected him.
Soccer club investigating racist chants
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch club FC Den Bosch is pledging to do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who hurled racist abuse at United States striker Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-door) during a match.
Den Bosch says fans responsible for the monkey chants Tuesday in the Dutch Cup match do not belong in the their stadium and "will face the toughest possible sanctions."
After the match, Altidore, who is black, told Dutch television the chants were the worst abuse he has been subjected to on a soccer field.
Swimmer-turned-golfer getting help
SCOTTSDALE, Az. (AP) -- U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps is playing today's pro-am at the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open with new equipment.
The winner of a record 18 gold medals in Olympic swimming has signed on with Ping to provide custom-made clubs to fit his 6-foot-4 frame.
Ping added a few special touches to Phelps' clubs, including accents in both gold and red, white and blue.
Phelps has been working with renowned coach Hank Haney for an eight-episode series on the Golf Channel that begins Feb. 25.
Crash and burn
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee) and Ashley Judd are separating after 11 years of marriage.
Judd's spokeswoman confirms a Tuesday report from People magazine that the 39-year-old Scottish race car driver and the 44-year-old actress are ending their marriage.
The couple wed in a private ceremony in his native Scotland in 2001.

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