1. Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season. Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under baseball’s labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. Perez has been the only player suspended by baseball for stimulants since they were banned before the 2006 season. His first suspension had been set to end after Friday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, but Tigers president Dave Dombrowski wouldn’t say whether Perez would have been restored to the active roster absent the new positive test [Tigers’ Perez tests positive for stimulant for third time].
2. Desperate to resume his career, a “down and out” Ryan Tucker risked his football future by taking steroids [Browns’ Tucker violates NFL steroid policy]. He’ll pay for it — and so will the Browns. Tucker, Cleveland’s rock-solid right offensive tackle, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Tucker admitted taking a banned substance, saying he did so while being treated for a mental disorder that limited him to nine games last season.
3. Elijah Dukes faces the prospect of jail time after being charged Thursday with a single count of violating a domestic violence injunction [Devil Ray charged with violating terms of order]. Dukes, optioned to the minor leagues in June by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and placed on the temporary inactive list as he tries to get a handle on his numerous legal problems, faces a maximum punishment of a year in jail if convicted on the misdemeanor.
4. The Washington Wizards have been trying to sign third-year forward Andray Blatche to a lucrative contract this summer, but his future with the team was thrown into doubt yesterday after Blatche and an acquaintance were charged with sexual solicitation [Blatche Charged With Solicitation]. According to D.C. police, Blatche and a male acquaintance were arrested at 12:11 yesterday morning in front of 10 Thomas Circle in Northwest Washington after attempting to solicit sex from a female police officer in the prostitution enforcement unit. He also was wanted for failure to appear on a charge of driving without a license, stemming from an arrest in October 2006, according to charging documents.