Today in sports: Jose Canseco is appealing his suspension from the Mexican Baseball League, Peyton Manning pays a visit to Denver, and Jonathan Papelbon takes a final shot at Boston baseball fans.
Roving troublemaker Jose Canseco is "holed up in a Cancun Radisson" after his latest comeback attempt with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican Baseball League was thwarted. The reasons for Canseco's departure are contested: Mexican League president Plinio Escalante says Canseco admitted to taking testosterone, a banned substance, and refused to take a drug test, which led to him being suspended. Canseco concedes he never took the test and that he's been taking testosterone, but insists Escalante suspended him based on "false information." He's appealed the ruling, which will almost certainly not be overturned, but insists he's still going to play somewhere this season. In the meantime, he's biding his time on Twitter, pledging that when he "who lied about me to the media I am going to drag you around the streets of Mexico by your hair and feed you to the dogs." Always with the sweet talk, that Jose Canseco. [New York Daily News]
According to a Yahoo Sports report, the FBI is investigating suspended Auburn University point guard Varez Ward in connection "an ongoing point-shaving probe" that began last month. (For those unfamiliar with the mechanics of point shaving, The Atlantic Wire offered a nifty explainer last spring after two University of San Diego players and a former assistant coach were charged with running an illegal sports betting operation.) Sources close to the Auburn investigation say the school first "became aware of possible point-shaving when a player raised concerns with an assistant coach" in late-February, and relayed the player's concerns to the FBI and NCAA. Ward and guard Chris Denson were both suspended prior to the team's February 25 game against Arkansas, and sources say Ward was also questioned as part of the investigation, but was cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated after the Arkansas game. [Yahoo Sports]