There are two big stories in sports today. The first is about New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. It will officially be announced on Monday, but sources inside of the commissioner’s office say he will be suspended through the 2014 season.
Because he will appeal the lengthy suspension, he will be allowed to play until the review is completed.
His penalty will be especially harsh. Although others already have, or soon will, received suspensions for using PED’s, he will receive additional punishment because of his alleged attempts to cover up his use by destroying evidence. A lifetime ban was considered.
The positive story of the day is Tiger Woods at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational Championship.
After a career tying 61 on Friday, he shot a 68 on Saturday to enter Sunday’s final round seven strokes ahead of the field.
The first nine holes on Sunday saw him shoot all pars. He finally birdied the 10th, and was nine strokes ahead. He did falter slightly on the 14th when he three-putted for a bogey.
Next week is the final ‘major’ of the year, the PGA Championship. Tiger has won the Bridgestone and PGA consecutively three times, in 2000, 2006, and 2007.
This weekend saw the ‘Tiger of old.’ He far outclassed those following him. It was a classic runaway victory, and a perfect tune-up for next week’s final major. He was never challenged, and ended up winning by seven strokes.
Alfred James reporting