Mejia gets MLB's first PEDs lifetime ban

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NEW YORK (AP) Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

The commissioner's office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, which athletes have used to increase muscle mass and once was popular for use in horse racing.

The 26-year-old right-hander was the Mets' closer in 2014, then was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders. At the time, he said, "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system."

Bears won't bring RB Forte back

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Matt Forte won't be returning to the Chicago Bears for a ninth season.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back announced on Instagram Friday morning that the team informed him this week it will not offer him a contract for next season. The Bears confirmed it, with general manager Ryan Pace calling him one of the "all-time great Bears." (MORE)

Kansas, Oklahoma set for key Big 12 tilt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self expects his Jayhawks to have their hands full Saturday dealing with Buddy Hield and the rest of the sharp-shooting Oklahoma Sooners.

Hield dropped in 46 points in Kansas' 109-106 triple-overtime win on Jan. 4, but the nation's No. 2 scorer is just part of the story. Third-ranked Oklahoma leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage by a significant margin heading into the rematch with the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. The Sooners are shooting .451 from beyond the arc - no team has finished a season with as high a percentage since Indiana shot .454 in 1994. (MORE)

McCoy lawyer: No decision on charges yet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) An attorney for Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's been told no decision will be made until next week on charges over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured.

Defense attorney Larry Krasner says authorities told him a decision won't be made until at least Wednesday. (MORE)

FIFA bans Valcke for 12 years

GENEVA (AP) Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.

Valcke was found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean. (MORE)

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