Albert Pujols says he's taking legal action against Jack Clark after the former St. Louis Cardinals star accused him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
"I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM," the injured Los Angeles Angels' slugger said a statement Friday night. "I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it.
"If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character."
Clark said Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he "shot him up."
Pujols, sidelined by a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, is in his second season with the Angels after 11 years in St. Louis.
"I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal," Pujols said the statement. "I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PED's. My faith in Jesus Christ, and my respect for this game are too important to me. I would never be able to look my wife or kids in the eye if I had done what this man is accusing me of.
"I know people are tired of athletes saying they are innocent, asking for the public to believe in them, only to have their sins exposed later down the road. But I am not one of those athletes, and I will not stand to have my name and my family's name, dragged through the mud."
Manziel update: The attorney for Johnny Manziel says even if the NCAA investigation of the Heisman Trophy winner isn't completed by the start of the season the quarterback should be able to play in Texas A&M's first game.
Jim Darnell, Manziel's El Paso, Texas-based attorney, says he has met with Manziel and his family, but provided few details about the status or nature of the investigation. He did say he believed that Manziel would play Aug. 31 when the Aggies open the season against Rice, but could not put a timetable on the case.
Lee injures shoulder: Southern California receiver Marqise Lee left practice early Friday after apparently injuring his right shoulder.
The All-American appeared to get hurt while attempting to catch a long pass from Cody Kessler in coverage. He stayed down on the field before USC's medical staff escorted him away.
Coach Lane Kiffin provided no update on Lee's condition after practice, saying he hadn't seen exactly what happened to his top player.
Released on bond: A former Vanderbilt player has been released on bond, while two others remain in jail charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving an unconscious student at a campus dormitory in June.
James kicks off event: NBA star LeBron James has kicked off another school year in his hometown of Akron with his foundation's second annual "I Promise Family Reunion."
The LeBron James Family Foundation event has evolved from a bike giveaway to an education initiative that includes nearly 700 students.
At his alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on Saturday, James welcomed a new class of third graders to the program. The students are required to complete a two-week camp over their summer vacation and then they become eligible to for new bike, helmet, a school uniform and backpack tags.
James also outfitted the high school's fall sports teams with new Nike uniforms and is building a new gymnasium that's scheduled to be completed in the fall.
Ludwick rejoins Reds: Left fielder Ryan Ludwick rejoined the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, four months after he tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding headfirst into third base. It's unclear how much he'll be able to contribute at the outset.
The Reds plan to activate Ludwick off the disabled list on Monday before the start of a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.
Ludwick needed surgery to repair the shoulder and couldn't swing a bat for three months, leaving him rusty. He went 6 for 44 on a minor league stint that ends on Sunday. He'll work out with the Reds until then.
The third-place Reds also have gotten catcher Ryan Hanigan and set-up man Jonathan Broxton back from injuries this week.
Talley, Feng advance: Emma Talley and Yueer Cindy Feng won semifinal matches Saturday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to advance to the 36-hole final.
Talley, the 19-year-old Princeton, Ky., player coming off her freshman season at Alabama, beat 18-year-old Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., 1 up at the Country Club of Charleston. Lee, who will be a freshman at UCLA, struggled with a persistent nosebleed that began on the third hole and required a brief medical stoppage before she teed off on No. 4.
Castroneves injured in crash: IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves sustained minor injuries after crashing during practice for a stock car race in Brazil.
The three-time Indy 500 winner sustained cuts on his legs and had neck and back pain after the crash Friday in Ribeirao Preto.
"Thanks for the support," Castroneves tweeted. "The pain killers make me feel good. The good news I didn't break anything."
He left the wrecked car on his own but was taken to a medical center in an ambulance as a precaution.