A-Rod to meet with MLB over high-stakes poker

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A-Rod to meet with MLB over high-stakes poker

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 10, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is making strides in his rehab program for a right knee injury as he awaits a meeting with baseball officials about his alleged involvement in high-stakes poker games.

Major League Baseball started an investigation after Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.

"I'm looking forward to it," Rodriguez said Wednesday. "I'm concentrating on baseball."

No date for the meeting has been announced.

Richard Rubenstein, Rodriguez's publicist, said in a statement last week that the Star's story contains "numerous factual inaccuracies."

Rodriguez completed his first week of baseball activities Wednesday in an indoor batting cage at George Steinbrenner Field because of rain. He had right knee surgery July 14.

"So far, so good," he said.

Rodriguez, hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs, could play in minor league games this weekend. The Yankees expect him to rejoin the team next week.

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."