Talking Points: More troubles for A-Rod

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here is some items that will have people talking:

1

Alex Rodriguez must be utterly determined to be left out of the Hall of Fame.

A couple years ago, he admitted to steroids use earlier in his career.

Now, he is being investigated by Major League Baseball for allegedly partaking in illegal high-stakes poker games.

Rodriguez might end up with 700 or even 800 homers. But if there are two things Hall of Fame voters frown on, it’s steroids and gambling.

2

Maybe it’s time to break up the Mariners. Since a club-record 17-game losing streak, the team is 5-2.

In fact, other than that stretch from July 6-26, the Mariners are 48-45 this season. Any chance MLB will just declare the month of July null and void?

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Following his death Wednesday at the age of 66, it might be a good time to remember that Bubba Smith once was a football player. With a larger-than-life personality — and a larger-than-life body — Smith achieved even greater fame acting in Miller Lite Beer commercials and the Police Academy movies.

But he was one of the great college players of the 1960s and a very good NFL player. In a helmet and pads, Smith was more intimidating than Moses Hightower (his Police Academy character) ever was.

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