Sports in brief

BASEBALL

MLB, Feds Eye South FLa. as PED hotspot

MLB security officials, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, are investigating wellness clinics in South Florida, the area they consider "ground zero" for performance-enhancing drugs that work their way into the game, according to a report on ESPN's website.

One of the clinics believed to be involved with the sale of human growth hormone and testosterone to players is run by Anthony Bosch, whom New York's Daily News reported had been an adviser to admitted PED user and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Bosch caught the attention of authorities previously because his father, Pedro Publio Bosch, a Coral Gables physician, prescribed a substance that led to the suspension of then-Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Figure skating

Youth vaults to U.S. men's title

Max Aaron, 20, jumped from fourth at the U.S. championships in Omaha, Neb., to win his first title of significance since his U.S. junior title two years ago. Aaron topped Ross Miner and dropped three-time champ Jeremy Abbott to third. Pair Caydee Denney of Wesley Chapel and John Coughlin were selected by U.S. Figure Skating to compete in March's world championships though they weren't able to defend their U.S. title because of Coughlin's hip injury.

Et cetera

Soccer: Lionel Messi, 25, scored four goals, the youngest to pass the 200-mark in the Spanish league, and broke his La Liga record with goals in 11 consecutive games, leading host Barcelona to a 5-1 rout of Osasuna.

Bobsledding: The U.S. team, which included Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, won gold in the combined bobsled-skeleton event at the world championships in Switzerland.

Sailing: Frenchman Francois Gabart, 29, won the Vendee round-the-world race in record time, arriving in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, in 78 days, 2:16:40, six days ahead of the mark set by countryman Michel Desjoyeaux (84 days, 3:09:08) in 2009.

Speed skating: Heather Richardson won gold in the 1,000 meters at Kearns, Utah, and, combined with two bronzes, became the first American woman since 2005 to win the World Sprint Championships overall title.

Winter X Games: Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore, 25, has had a "secondary complication involving his brain" after a crash Thursday during competition in Aspen, Colo., led to bleeding around his heart. The family released a statement but provided no further details." His brother Colten also crashed and was taken to a hospital with a separated pelvis.

Times wires

Sports in brief 01/27/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:54pm]

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