Notes: Huskies break Maples curse, A-Rod tests positive for ‘roids


Husky Basketball: The Dawgs ended a 16-year losing streak at Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University by knocking off the Cardinal 75-68 in Palo Alto yesterday. Led by Quincy Pondexter’s 20 points, the Huskies fought back from a 12-point first-half deficit and withstood a spirited second-half Stanford run to prevail at Maples for the first time since January 30, 1993.

The team also received spirited efforts from point guard Isaiah Thomas, who chipped in 17 points, and reserve guard Venoy Overton, who contributed 11 points and a team-high five assists. Forward Jon Brockman returned to form after a four-point performance Thursday at Berkeley with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Huskies return home this week to take on the Oregon schools, facing OSU on Thursday and UO on Saturday.

MLB: Former Mariner Alex Rodriguez was named in a report over the weekend linking the current New York Yankee third baseman to steroid use. The report cited a test from 2003, when Rodriguez was a member of the Texas Rangers, which revealed the All-Star had yielded a positive result for two different steroids.

Rodriguez was a teammate of former Mariner outfielder Shane Monahan during the 1997 and 1998 seasons in Seattle. Last year, Monahan stated in an interview that he had witnessed a number of ex-Mariners using steroids during his short stint with the team. While there may be no connection between Rodriguez’s purported steroid use in 2003 and his tenure as a Seattle Mariner, there’s no denying an interesting link between Monahan’s claims and A-Rod’s supposed guilt.

If nothing else, Rodriguez’s test results prove two things: 1) It really does take steroids to put up the numbers that Alex Rodriguez has and 2) Ken Griffey Jr. continues to move up the list of greatest players of all-time, having not ever been linked to illegal substances of any kind.

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