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MLB Will Expand Its HGH Testing

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Major League Baseball will test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and increase efforts to detect abnormal levels of testosterone, a decision the NFL used to pressure its players.

Baseball players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training last year, and Thursday’s agreement between management and the Major League Baseball Players Association expands that throughout the season. Those are in addition to urine tests for other performance-enhancing drugs.

Under the changes to baseball’s drug agreement, the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, will keep records of each player.

MARINERS: Arizona outfielder Justin Upton vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners, The Associated Press reported. FoxSports.com said Seattle offered four players in the deal.

BRAVES: Former Isotope Blake DeWitt has signed a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training.

D-BACKS: Former Isotope Josh Wilson has signed a minor league contract.

PIRATES: Free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano injured his right (nonthrowing) arm over the holidays, and his deal with the Pirates is on hold. Liriano reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth around $14 million just before Christmas.

Lingerie League Is Going Straight

Lingerie Football League officials have announced a major re-branding that focuses more on the football and far less on sex appeal.

The league announced Thursday that it is renaming itself as the Legends Football League “to gain more recognition as a sport.”

“We have now reached a crossroad of gaining credibility as a sport or continuing to be viewed as a gimmick,” Mitchell S. Mortaza, founder and league chairman, said.

The remake includes:

♦ Performance wear replacing all lingerie on the uniform;

♦ New logos devoid of “any sexy female figures”;

♦ Shoulder pads that increase protection;

♦ Tagline shifts from “True Fantasy Football” to “Women of the Gridiron.”

Etc. …

LOBO TRACK: Jumper Kendall Spencer and hurdler De’Vron Walker are entered in this weekend’s Lumberjack Team Challenge in Flagstaff as UNM begins its indoor track and field campaign. Pole vaulters Amber Menke, Margo Tucker and Logan Pflibsen are also expected to compete.

PREP CROSS-COUNTRY: Cleveland’s Malia Gonzales was named the Gatorade New Mexico Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year. The 5-foot-1 senior raced to the Class 5A individual state championship last season, leading the Storm to a second-place team finish.

SWIMMING & DIVING: The Lobo swimming and diving team faces Grand Canyon on Saturday at noon in its final home meet of the season. It will be Senior Day and five athletes will be honored.

INDYCAR: AJ Foyt Racing has signed Takuma Sato to drive the No. 14 Honda in this year’s IndyCar season. Foyt said Sato’s aggressive driving style caught his attention in last year’s Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR: Danica Patrick says she does not plan to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500 because she wants to concentrate on her first full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska has advanced to the Sydney International final, running her 2013 winning streak to eight matches with a 6-3, 6-4 win over former French Open champion Li Na.

— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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