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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Nike Free Run 2 Mens . -- The scourge of drugs and baseball claimed its third former MVP in a month when Miguel Tejada was suspended Saturday for 105 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The Kansas City Royals infielder drew one of the longest penalties handed down by Major League Baseball. His ban came after Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games and Brewers star Ryan Braun got a 65-game penalty that will keep him off the field for the rest of the season. All three stars have been dogged by doping allegations in the past. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance the 39-year-old has used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public. "I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans," Tejada said in a statement released by the players association. "I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so." MLBs medical staff grants therapeutic-use exemptions that allow players to use drugs such as Adderall to treat ADD. But the substance has become a popular performance-enhancer, accounting for 10 of the 11 positive stimulant tests in the major league program in the year ending with the 2012 World Series, according to the annual report of the Independent Program Administrator. The report, which was released in November, said that medication for ADD accounted for 116 of 119 therapeutic-use exemptions granted by Major League Baseball. Tejada, who was already on the 60-day disabled list with a calf injury, previously tested positive under the leagues amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third. He is not challenging the penalties. Tejada will miss the remainder of this season, which exhausts his contract with Kansas City. If he signs for next season, he would miss about two months before becoming eligible to play. "It doesnt matter if youre MVP or king of the world. If youre going to do things that are illegal, youre going to get caught for it and youre going to get suspended," Royals pitcher James Shields said. "Its a shame because I really like him a lot as a teammate." Tejadas suspension is one of the longest non-lifetime bans in baseball history. Along with Rodriguezs suspension, Pascual Perez was banned for the 1992 season for a positive cocaine test and Dwight Gooden barred for the 95 season for violating his drug after-care program. Rodriguez and Braun received their penalties for their connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida that has been accused of dispensing banned drugs. A-Rod was among 13 players suspended 12 days ago by MLB, while Braun was penalized earlier this year. "I think its another positive sign that the testing continues to work and that those players who commit infractions against the drug policy are being penalized accordingly," Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said. "Its unfortunate when its a friend of yours and a teammate but the testing is there for a purpose, and this is another indication that its working and serving its purpose." Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said that many of Tejadas teammates learned of the suspension while watching TV in the clubhouse before their game Saturday night in Detroit. "Maybe he made a mistake. I dont know," Escobar said. "Thats a good guy, a really good teammate. Thats one of the best guys in here. Yeah, I was surprised." A six-time All-Star and the AL MVP in 2002, Tejadas prodigious talent has been called into question more than once by doping allegations that have cropped up throughout his career. The first significant mention of his name came in the Mitchell Report on steroids use in baseball. Then in February 2009, he was charged with lying to Congress about performance-enhancing drugs in the game. Tejada pleaded guilty to the charge and received one year of probation. Tejada made his big league debut in 2003 with the Athletics, where he spent the best years of his career. He hit .308 with 34 homers and 131 RBIs during his MVP season, and then was even better in 2004 with Baltimore, when he .311 with 34 home runs and a career-best 150 RBIs. Tejada also spent time with Houston and San Diego before struggling two years ago in San Francisco, and then was unable to latch onto a big league team last season. The Royals took a chance on him after watching him play in the Dominican Republics winter league, signing him to a deal worth $1.1 million if he made the major league roster. He wound up becoming an everyday player, hitting .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games. Just as valuable as his performance, though, was his veteran influence. The Royals have one of the youngest rosters in baseball, and Tejada became a mentor to several players on the team. "He was amazing for this clubhouse," Shields said. "Every day he came in, he was a great teacher. He helped out a lot of our young guys, not only our Latin guys, but everybody. He really taught a lot these guys how to play the right way as far as how on the field goes." Tejada hurt his calf last Saturday while diving for a ball in the seventh inning of a loss to the Red Sox. He wound up on the DL, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list -- effectively ending his season -- when the Royals acquired utility man Emilio Bonifacio earlier this week. If hes unable to latch onto a team next season, that game against Boston will turn out to be the last time Tejada sets foot on a big league field as a player. "It would definitely be a tough way to go out. Theres no doubt," Shields said. "But he made the decision and hes going to have to live with that." Nike Free 3.0 V5 Clearance .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. Nike Free Run 2 Black .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. http:///...ree-4-0-flyknit.html . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. Its one thing to reach the No. 1 spot in any rankings system, but its an entirely different accomplishment to be the unanimous selection for that lofty position. Such is the fate of AJ Styles this week, who received top billing on each and every WWE on ESPN contributors ballot as he strengthened his grip on the No. 1 spot.The panelists -- including writers?Brian Campbell, Peter Rosenberg, Arash Markazi, Tim Fiorvanti, Nic Atkin and Sean Coyle -- submit their top 10 WWE talents, ranked by their perceived value to WWEs on-screen product, to create ESPNs bi-weekly WWE Power Rankings.Heres the rest of this weeks top 10.Just like Steph Curry earlier this year, there is a case to be made for Styles to be crowned the unanimous MVP of professional wrestling in 2016 -- and at the same time, hed make the list for top 10 most improved. Styles has elevated his game on the mic to complement his almost unrivalled in-ring talent, and his face that runs the place moniker couldnt ring truer on Smackdown Live. A victory at No Mercy, after the build to this match, would further strengthen Styles position, and it will take something special for someone to knock him off the top spot here. (Atkin)Owens is doing it all and constantly cementing the idea that he belongs on this level. Since winning the WWE Universal championship, hes quickly grown into his role as the top guy, from dressing in suits, to subtle mannerism changes and personality shifts and an undeniable bravado. His recent partnership with Chris Jericho has only helped both guys, and further accelerated the development and effectiveness of his character. (Campbell)Despite a rib injury that has kept him out of matches the past couple of weeks, Rollins has shown that he can still make an impact. His one-on-one interview on RAW this week with Michael Cole was well-done, and his interactions with?Stephanie McMahon?have been outstanding. Though the anti-authority role is not new to the WWE -- perhaps its well overdone, and has been for some time -- Rollins is making it work, in the way hes made every?storyline hes been a part of since joining the WWE work. He can simply do it all. (Coyle)The Miz has reached rarified air on SmackDown Live, and with the possible exception of AJ Styles, no one has benefited more from the brand separation than he has. Miz took his fate into his own hands on Talking Smack and hasnt looked back, crushing it week after week when it comes to promos, matches and whatever else is asked of him. The only thing that could halt his Never Ending Intercontinental Championship World Tour would be a loss Sunday that could both reinvigorate Dolph Ziggler and send Miz on to a much-deserved world title feud. (Fiorvanti)Charlotte loses the title and goes up in the rankings, and thats certainly no accident. The now former two-time Raw womens champion has plenty of ways to go with how things played out on Raw; her ongoing rivalry with Sasha Banks will coontinue, her continued conflict with protégé?Dana Brooke?seems to be nearing its inevitable conclusion and you know theres a one-on-one showdown with?Bayley?coming in the near future. Nike Free RN Mens. ?The Raw?womens division goes as Charlotte goes. (Rosenberg)Hes still got it. Lots of it, in fact. Cenas recent rant on Talking Smack, in which he cut down Dean Ambrose and unleashed the kind of verbal barbs that we havent seen from him since he came out to Basic Thuganomics as his entrance theme, should be used as a teaching tool at the WWE Performance Center in a class on how to execute a promo. Whether or not his days as a full-timer are numbered, you know that Cena is going to give it 100 percent every time hes out there. No matter what you think of Cena, that parts undeniably a shoot. (Campbell)Jericho could be booked to lose every match for the rest of his career and it wouldnt diminish his value. Hes genuinely entertaining, can talk with the best of them, can work with the best of them and can elevate anyone who steps into the ring with him. Hes already had such an amazing, Hall of Fame-worthy career -- and yet, he might be performing better now than he ever has before. He took an otherwise unwieldy and potentially disastrous interaction with Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher and turned it into another element to his ever-growing List of Jericho.?(Coyle)In the first womens main event on Monday Night Raw in 12 years, Banks and Charlotte put on another great match, with the best finish of any of the matches in their ongoing conflict so far. I truly care about this feud, and thats a testament to what both of these women can do. The big question that must now be asked is whether or not Sasha can walk the walk and lead as the face of the Raw womens division. (Rosenberg)This is the role Reigns should have been slotted into two years ago -- a feud for the United States title against a monster heel in?Rusev. The damage may already be done with a certain portion of the fanbase, because of?WWEs seemingly never-ending battle to get Reigns over as a face, but there have been a lot of positive signs in recent weeks. Reigns and Rusev have a chance to do something special with the U.S. title inside of Hell in a Cell in a few weeks time. (Atkin)Ambrose may have dropped five spots, but dont let that distract you from the fact that hes had some of the strongest showings of his career in the last few weeks. Between a clean pinfall victory over Cena and elevating his game to keep pace with Styles and Cena in the WWE world championship picture on SmackDown Live, hes had as big a role as his opponents in making Sundays No Mercy main event a cant-miss affair. (Fiorvanti)Dropped from rankings:?The New Day?(10th)Honorable mention:?New Day,?Dolph Ziggler,?Becky Lynch,?Cesaro?&?Sheamus,?Alexa Bliss Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '