Baseball

A-Rod again faces doping allegations

•?Alex Rodriguez was ensnared in a doping investigation once again Tuesday when an alternative weekly newspaper reported baseball’s highest-paid star was among a half-dozen players listed in records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times said the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near Rodriguez’s offseason home.

The new public relations firm for the New York Yankees third baseman issued a statement denying the allegations.

•?Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.

Football

Rams pass on Ryan; Bush gets other job

•?The St. Louis Rams decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and stepped in a new direction by hiring Frank Bush as linebackers coach. Bush replaces Blake Williams, son of Gregg Williams, who was briefly defensive coordinator with the Rams last winter before being suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.

•?A federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league. U.S. Eastern District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia scheduled an April 9 hearing on motions to dismiss filed by the NFL Inc., NFL Properties Inc. and All American Sports Corp.

OTHER SPORTS.

Iverson turns down

offer from D-League

•?Allen Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP, turned down an opportunity to return to basketball with the Dallas Mavericks’ Development League affiliate. He posted a series of tweets explaining his decision to decline an offer from Texas Legends’ co-owner Donnie Nelson to join the team.

•?Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn’t hopeful about the 25-year-old’s chances for survival.

— Associated Press