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Jared Kushner Wants The Dodgers!

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Among the bidders for the Dodger is Jared Kushner, New York real estate mogul and man who apparently wants a taste of L.A.!

Not only does he own the New York Observer, he would end up being Major League Baseball's youngest owner at 31!

Only 9 bids made it to the second round, and Jared's was one of them — and a lot of the money is coming from his own and his family's pocket!

The crazy part is that the team is supposedly going to fetch anywhere between $1.5 and $2 BILLION dollars, so those have to be some pret-ty deep pockets!

Wow!

We wonder who will win!

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Baseball MVP Ryan Braun Is NOT Taking Performance Enhancing Drugs

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National League MVP Ryan Braun, a Milwaukee Brewer who was accused of using performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for a banned substance, is in the clear.

An investigation into the charges revealed that the substance he tested positive for was NOT from a performance enhancing drug, but rather a medication he's using for private medical use.

Sources have said, "The medication contained banned substances resulting in the positive test."

The Major League Baseball player's ailment isn't being publicized, which is fine by us, but it must have been diagnosed relatively recently because sources confirm he's always tested negative for banned substances.

This is definitely good news for the sport of baseball! It would be a shame for yet ANOTHER tremendously talented athlete to be caught using performance enhancing drugs to up his game.

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A Guilty Barry Bonds Get Sentenced To…

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Barry Bonds house arrest

30 days of house arrest!

That's a little harsh, don't ya think? Ha!

After being found guilty of felony obstruction in April because he lied to a jury during a 2003 federal investigation of steroid use in the MLB, Barry Bonds has to stay home for a month.

Hopefully the judge remembered to take away his video games and ESPN subscription too so Barry has time to really think about what he's done.

The home run king will also be on probation for 2 years and has to pay a $4,000 fine, but we're sure that was pretty easily covered by the cash he was carrying in his wallet.

Once again, a famous person has avoided serving any time in prison for committing a crime you're supposed to go to prison for.

In Bonds' case, federal sentencing guidelines recommend between 15 and 21 months in the slammer. Apparently, however, guidelines are a lot like laws and are meant to be broken.

We're not quite sure if this case was even worth the judge and jury's time or the taxpayers' money, but hopefully Barry finally learned a valuable lesson that most kids learn by kindergarten — don't tell lies!

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Baseball Wives: One Drop Out, One Rumor, And Low Ratings Debuts

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Erika Monroe Williams

Baseball Wives: the newest show to try and cash in on insane wives of rich or famous or sports players. Unfortunately, its debut ran into pretty low numbers. We're talking only 600,000 total viewers.

But that's not the only dramz going on, as one of the wives has left the show — Erika Monroe Williams!

In the premiere episode last week she had a huge argument, which is not a surprise given what the content of the show is about. Here's what she's saying as to why she's jumping ship:

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Seattle Mariner Outfielder Stabbed To Death

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Greg Halman

Ugh! This is awful!

Shortly after one international Major League Baseball player was rescued from a dangerous kidnapping experience in Venezuela, a Dutch player lost his life in the Netherlands.

Greg Halman, a Seattle Mariner outfielder with two seasons on the team under his belt, was stabbed to death on Monday.

Police arrested his 22-year-old brother whom they believe may be responsible, telling sources:

"He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned. It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

Such a shame! Our hearts go out to the Seattle Mariners and the Halman family as they deal with their unfortunate loss.

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Dodgers Accuse FOX Of Illegally Interfering With Sale Of Team

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are accusing Fox Sports of illegally attempting to interfere with the sale of the bankrupt team and all of its assets, including media rights.

The team filed the complaint in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Wednesday, alleging that Fox sent a "cease and desist" letter to the Dodgers' financial adviser who was soliciting bids for TV rights to Dodgers games.

Fox is firing back because they hold a contract to televise Dodgers games through 2013 and believe the deal gives the network exclusive negotiating rights through Nov. 30, 2012. In the cease and desist letter, an attorney for Fox wrote:

"Allowing others to bid or express interest in the media rights for the Dodgers is a clear breach of the letter and spirit of the exclusive negotiation term."

The Dodgers, who are hoping to find a buyer by April 30th of 2012, have filed a motion for the court to allow them to market media rights for 2014 and beyond, writing to the judge:

"[By] obtaining firm offers, LAD can demonstrate to buyers the substantial value of the post-2013 telecast rights…LAD has determined in the exercise of its business judgment that marketing the post-2013 telecast Rights at this time will further the interests of LAD, as well as its creditors."

A spokesman for Fox has called this move by the Dodgers "the latest chapter in the current owner's ongoing scheme to avoid honoring his contractual obligations."

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Frank McCourt Agrees To Sell The Dodgers To The Highest Bidder

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Frank McCourt's Dodgers dilemma is beginning to come to an end, but probably not in the way he wanted.

After fighting with the MLB and bankruptcy courts to retain the team he purchased in 2004, the owner has decided to sell the team.

According to a joint statement on behalf of the team and league issued on Tuesday night:

"The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court-supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value for the Dodgers and their owner, Frank McCourt. The Blackstone Group LP will manage the sale process."

That maximum value could be two or three times the $421 million McCourt originally spent for the team.

He's not making out too bad!

Then again, sources say McCourt will need the team to sell for at least $1 billion in order to break even after paying off debts, taxes, and of course, his wife's $130 million divorce settlement!

Baseball is crossing their bats that a new owner will be in place by next seasons opening day. Good luck!

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