Jonathan Lee’s Sports News Recap: Jun 15-19th

Secret to Sammy’s success: Not just the corked bat. Sammy Sosa’s named has emerged in the steroids allegations again. The New York Times reported that Sammy Sosa was one of the 104 players that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Sosa testified in front of Congress in 2005, reiterating that he had not taken any illegal substances.

Los Angeles Dodger outfielder, Manny Ramirez, has dropped to sixth in the N.L. All Star voting. Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating the MLB’s drug policy.

A jury convicted former major league baseball player Mel Hall to 45 years in prison Wednesday. He was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl on the elite basketball team, of which he was the coach. He was charged with two counts of indecency to a child, and three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The NBA marked another successful season by crowning the Los Angeles Lakers as NBA champions. Heading into the off-season, teams begin preparing for the upcoming NBA draft. The list of early entry/withdrawal’s for this year’s upcoming draft come out on Tuesday. Some notable names that will be back to their respected schools are Longhorns’ Damion James, Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, and the Terrapins’ Greivis Vasquez. Some notable players that have decided to remain in the draft are projected top picks Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, James Harden, Dejuan Blair, Jonny Flynn, Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet, and Demar Derozan. Demar Derozan’s official departure from USC marks another downfall for the schools program as they have suffered several recruiting allegations. This follows the resignation of head coach Tim Floyd, and has left their team with only one recruit, as two more high profile recruits have requested their release.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Minnesota would not retain head coach Kevin McHale for next season. McHale will most notably be remembered for drafting superstar Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA draft. Minnesota has the sixth pick in the upcoming 2009 NBA Draft.

After jurors found former NBA referee Tim Donaghy guilty in a gambling scandal he was found beaten in his prison cell by former mobsters. Donaghy will be transferred to a Florida half-way house to serve the remainder of his 15 month sentence.

Teams will have to wait and see the status of Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, as his gun case was adjourned until September. This leaves NFL teams with uncertainty as they negotiate with the former pro bowler and his agent.

Following a strong request to expand the Rooney Rule to upper level executives, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has approved the request, which requires teams to interview one minority candidate for higher-level positions.

Recent NFL signings this week have been Jets third-round pick Shonne Greene, veteran OL Jeremy Newberry has signed with the Atlanta Falcons, and the late round picks for the Green bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals.

The NFL has suspended wide receiver, Donte Stallworth, indefinitely for his drunk driving incident, which resukting in the death of an innocent by-stander. He plead guilty to those charges and will now face 30 days in jail.

After being indicted in Canyon, Texas in May, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf will turn himself in to Texas authorities this Friday. Leaf was arrested in Washington Wednesday.

In other news, the International Olympic Committee announced that they have completed a deal with 20 Arab states to broadcast the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Summer games in 2016. The deal is set to be worth $32 million dollars.

Ex mountain bike champ Melissa Giove was arrested this week after hundreds of pounds of marijuana was found in a truck she was driving. She was charged with conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana.

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