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The New York tabloids were already having their way with Alex Rodriguez well before he rounded second, headed for third, and exchanged pleasantries with Howie Clark of the Toronto Blue Jays.

No, this had nothing to do with hitting a baseball or stopping the New York Yankees' losing streak. This was about much juicier stuff - like blondes, strip clubs and a lonely wife waiting at home.

"STRAY-ROD," blared the New York Post.

Rodriguez, of course, has made the tabs a few times before.

Never, though, has so much been said about one word.

A-Rod uttered it as he closed in on third base in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Blue Jays, though accounts vary to exactly what word he actually used. Rodriguez claims he just said, "Hah," while Clark remembers hearing "Mine."

Whatever was said, it created an incident almost powerful enough to wipe the previous A-Rod would-be scandal off the front page.

Clark thought it was shortstop John McDonald, not Rodriguez, calling him off. So he backed off, only to watch the ball drop untouched on the infield.

The Blue Jays were more than upset. They were so angry a few had to be restrained from leaving the dugout.

Desperate times, though, call for desperate measures. And there's a lot of desperation on a Yankee team that had to win to avoid being swept and falling into last place.


Donovan expected to leave Florida for Orlando Magic

DESTIN, Fla. - Florida might have been better off had Billy Donovan taken the Kentucky job. At least then, the Gators would have had plenty of replacement options.

Now, the two-time defending national champions seemingly have fewer choices.

Donovan agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the NBA's Orlando Magic on Thursday, according to an NBA official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized, and left the Gators without a coach for the first time in more than 11 years.


Coaches, The News seeks your game information

Coaches, The Covington News invites you to submit game results for inclusion in the sports section.

Please send e-mails to sports editor Jason Murdock with game results, stats, date and site of the event, top performers and overall season record to