Red Sox minor leaguer Kopech suspended 50 games for positive test

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Kopech has been suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine.

Kopech, a 19-year-old right-hander, was taken by Boston in the first round of last year’s amateur draft with the 33rd pick and signed for a $1.5 million bonus. He is from Mount Pleasant High School in Texas.

Kopech is 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA this year with Greenville of the Class A South Atlantic League.

The suspension, announced Thursday, is the 69th this year under the minor league drug program.

Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic arrested

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is facing resisting arrest charges after allegedly refusing to turn down loud music in his suite at a Miami Beach hotel.

Miami Beach police say officers responded Wednesday to the W South Beach Hotel after Tomic would not comply with requests from hotel security to lower the volume. The security personnel and police officers then told the 22-year-old Tomic he was being evicted, but he refused to leave.

Tomic stayed in the suite after being warned he was trespassing and was then arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest without violence and trespassing. Court and jail records did not list an attorney for Tomic.

MLS players ratify CBA

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Major League Soccer players have ratified their five-year collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2019 season.

The MLS Players Union said Thursday that 91 percent of its members voted in favor of the deal announced March 5, a day before the season opener. MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said owners also have approved the agreement. Players 28 or older with eight or more years of MLS service whose contracts have expired can become free agents, but with limitations on raises.

Clippers sign Josh Smith to veteran minimum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers signed free-agent forward Josh Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets.

He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games.

Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

The 29-year-old forward is the 25th player in NBA history with over 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocked shots.

Kings void Mbah a Moute contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute after he failed a team physical.

The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second unit. Mbah a Moute averaged a career-high 9.9 points with Philadelphia last season.



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