1. Philadelphia pitcher Brett Myers allowed two solo homers in the ninth inning of the Phillies’ 4-3 loss to San Diego on Saturday night. He told reporters a few times after the game that he didn’t think either ball was hit well, calling both “popups.” When one writer asked him to repeat his answer, the emotional Myers became irritated. The two exchanged words and had to be physically separated, though no punches were thrown. After cooling off for a bit, Myers returned to his locker, apologized to the remaining reporters and answered more questions [Phillies’ pitcher sorry for calling writer ‘retard’].
2. Houston Rockets guard Rafer Alston was released without bail Tuesday after being charged with stabbing a man at a Manhattan nightspot — his second brush with the law this month. Alston was arraigned on felony assault charges before being released without bail. A judge ordered him to return to court Jan. 3 [Alston charged with assault in New York stabbing].
3. Documents obtained by Yahoo! Sports indicate quarterback Tim Couch had regimens that called for the use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone while he attempted to revive his NFL career after a three-year hiatus from the league. The regimens outlined in the documents with Couch’s name printed across the top called for extensive use of drugs banned by the NFL [Drug allegations against Tim Couch].
4. Matt West, the Rangers’ second-round pick from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended for 50 games effective immediately for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program [West suspended for 50 games].
5. Former Brewers first-round Draft pick Jeremy Jeffress was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for “a drug of abuse.” [MLB suspends Jeffress for 50 games].
6. New York Knicks center Randolph Morris pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving and agreed to pay a $100 fine. Morris, who was scheduled to appear in Fayette District Court for a preliminary hearing, didn’t attend. His attorney, Jim Lowry, entered the guilty plea on his behalf and said the fine and court costs would be paid Friday. He declined to comment further [Morris pleads guilty to reckless driving charge, agrees to pay $100 fine].
7. A federal judge sentenced former University of Maryland basketball star Lonny Baxter to 60 days in prison on Friday for illegally shipping firearms, a ruling that cost Baxter his contract with a Spanish team. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte based the sentence on Baxter’s history with firearms and his actions in the case [Baxter loses contract in Spain after getting 60-day sentence].
8. New England Patriots strong safety Rodney Harrison has been suspended for the first four regular-season games after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the league said early Saturday. The 34-year-old Harrison, suspended without pay, will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster following the team’s Oct. 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals [Pats’ Harrison suspended for violating NFL’s drugs policy].