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Web site: Canseco says he introduced A-Rod to steroids distributor

Jose Canseco says in his new book that he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a steroids distributor and that A-Rod pursued Canseco's wife, according to the Web site of freelance writer Joe Lavin.

Lavin says on the Web site that he obtained the book, "Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and The Battle to Save Baseball," on Monday from a bookstore in Cambridge, Mass. The book is due to be released April 1.

Lavin writes Canseco's book discusses A-Rod, Roger Clemens and Magglio Ordonez.

He says Canseco claimed he didn't inject Rodriguez but "introduced Alex to a known supplier of steroids." Lavin also says "Canseco claims that A-Rod was trying to sleep with Canseco's wife."

"I really, absolutely, have no reaction," Rodriguez said Tuesday when asked about the claim relating to the steroids distributor.

• Miguel Cabrera and Detroit finalized their $152.3 million, eight-year contract, the fourth-largest package among current major leaguers.

Cabrera agreed Jan. 18 to an $11.3 million, one-year contract. The new deal adds $141 million over the following seven seasons.

• Reed Johnson showed up sporting a Billy goat-like goatee. Now, he'll try to help the Chicago Cubs break the Billy goat curse.

Johnson agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract on Tuesday, adding depth and a right-handed bat to their outfield while embracing a historic challenge. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, which was one reason he wanted to join them.

A career .281 hitter in parts of five seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Johnson was released Sunday after missing more than three months last year because of a lower back injury. He had surgery last April to fix a herniated disc and hit .236 -- a sharp drop from his .319 average in 2006. Johnson said his back is fine and the "explosion" in his legs is back. If that's true, the Cubs believe he will fill a hole.

• MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- The Chicago White Sox optioned third baseman Josh Fields to Charlotte.

Fields began the 2007 campaign with the Knights, where he hit .283 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 56 games. Field had a stretch during May in which he reached base safely in 25 consecutive games. He was recalled to Chicago on June 6th. Fields was one of the top rookies in all of baseball in 2007 as he hit 23 home runs for the White Sox in 100 games.

Fields lost out in his bid to win the starting third base job in Chicago, losing out to former Charlotte Knights all-star third baseman Joe Crede.

• The Knights are inviting fans to come out to the ballpark and get ready with the annual Knights Fest. This year's Knights Fest is set for Saturday, April 5th, from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Knights Stadium. This year's events include: National Anthem auditions (if you want to audition, registration is at 9:30 a.m.); stadium tours throughout the day; inflatables on the concourse for kids to play on; batting practice from noon until 2 p.m.; free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks; and individual game tickets for the 2008 season will also be on sale.

Homer the Dragon will be out mixing and mingling with everyone.

• PRO WRESTLING -- A former wrestler was found dead in his home after suffering an apparent accidental drug overdose, his father said.

Chase Tatum, 34, was found dead in his home in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, his father, Roy Tatum, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Chase Tatum used to wrestle for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling organization. More recently, he appeared in the comedy "Who's Your Caddy?" alongside rapper Big Boi of Outkast.

• NBA -- Shaq wants to give the Tempe Police Department a big assist.

Shaquille O'Neal, acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a trade in February, visited the police station March 20 and filled out an application to be a volunteer, department spokeswoman Sgt. Cindy Davies said Tuesday.

Davies added that she didn't know if the Suns center planned to start volunteering during the basketball season or why he chose Tempe.

• Chris Webber is ending his comeback attempt with the Golden State Warriors and will retire after 15 seasons in the NBA.

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder says Webber will make the announcement at a news conference today.

• NFL -- The Carolina Panthers continued their quest to get bigger up front by signing guard Toniu Fonoti.

The 26-year-old Fonoti was out of football last year after being cut by Atlanta. The former second-round pick began his career with San Diego, and has also been with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Miami.

He was last listed at 350 pounds, though he was much bigger than that at last sighting. He's said to be in much better shape now, and if he is, he'll lend credibility and heft to the middle of the Panthers' offensive line.

They're probably good with starters in Travelle Wharton and Keydrick Vincent, but lack depth of the size they're looking for. Of course, if Fonoti is back to the shape he was in with the Chargers, he could give them flexibility they didn't have before.

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