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Cardinals defend Peralta deal
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MLB • The St. Louis Cardinals factored in Jhonny Peralta's drug suspension when they negotiated a $53 million, four-year contract with the free agent shortstop. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Peralta had admitted wrongdoing and served his penalty, and that the Cardinals weren't about to appoint themselves "morality police."

"Character and makeup are something we weigh into our decision-making," Mozeliak said. "In his case, he admitted what he did, he took responsibility for it."

The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended for 50 games last summer following MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The Cardinals' deal with Peralta drew criticism from several major league players on Monday.

Oudin suffers from muscle condition

tennis • Surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin says she has a muscle-damaging condition that may be caused by intense exertion. Oudin wrote on Twitter that she is suffering from rhabdomyolysis (rab-doe-my-OL-uh-sis), and she is "doing everything possible for a speedy" recovery.

Colorado's Powers named top rookie

soccer • Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old from Notre Dame started 29 games and had five goals and six assists this season.

Rapids forward Deshorn Brown was second in the voting by media and players, and Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin was third.

The L.A. Galaxy won the team Fair Play Award and Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe won the individual Fair Play Award.

The Associated Press

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