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PRESS BOX: Lester says goo in glove was rosin

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Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester denied using an illegal substance in Game 1 of the World Series after a St. Louis Cardinals minor-leaguer made the accusation via social media.

Tyler Melling, a Class A left-handed pitcher and 2011 39th-round draft pick, posted via Twitter (@TylerMelling) "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?" The message was accompanied by a still picture of a television shot in which what appears to be a glob of a greenish substance is visible near the webbing and pinkie of Lester's black glove.

"The picture does look bad, but it's rosin," Lester said. "My next start, in Game 5, I'll go out there and do the exact same thing, and hopefully have the same outcome in the game.''

Major League Baseball said in a statement: "We cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game."

CFB

Colt Lyerla, who left the Oregon football team two weeks ago, was arrested Wednesday for unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer, the Lane County (Ore.) Sheriff's Department said.

An officer working on a case nearby said he observed Lyerla snorting a "white, powdery substance."

Lyerla, who had 34 career receptions and 11 touchdowns, left the team on Oct. 6. He chose not to make the trip to Boulder to play Colorado and was suspended by coach Mark Helfrich. Lyerla missed Oregon's Sept. 14 game vs. Tennessee. The school said at the time he was ill.

The talented tight end withdrew from school but said he would not transfer. He signed with a sports agency with plans to prepare for the NFL draft. NFLDraftScout.com had a first-round grade on Lyerla before he left the team.

BOXING

Heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko announced Thursday that he is running for president of Ukraine in 2015.

Klitschko, 42, is the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms party, which he helped found in 2010. He currently serves on the Kiev city council and won a seat in the 450-member parliament a year ago.

His venture in major national politics could end his boxing career. Klitschko has said he may retire from boxing to dedicate himself to politics. His last fight was a victory over Manuel Charr in Moscow in September 2012. Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) was scheduled to fight Bermane Stiverne (23-1, 20 KOs) this fall, but the fight was cancelled after Klitschko said he had a hand injury.
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