Former A's left-hander Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in Viera, Fla., and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times reported last month that Gonzalez was among a half-dozen major league players listed as receiving PEDs in purported records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Gonzalez hopes to be exonerated.

"I feel very confident," Gonzalez said. "I think that at the end of the day I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will."

Gonzalez, a 21-game winner last year, denied the allegations on Twitter on the day they were reported.

He said he had been contacted by Major League Baseball officials and has cooperated with their investigation.

  • Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. Hernandez's deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years.

  • Right-hander Mat Latos has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds, avoiding what would have been baseball's first salary arbitration hearing of the year. ... Third baseman Scott Rolen declined the Reds' offer to attend spring training but stopped short of saying he's ready to retire.

  • Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees' position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York.


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    Football

    Three University of Alabama players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said.

    Linebacker Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and running back Brent Calloway were indefinitely suspended by coach Nick Saban.

  • Former 49er standout Bubba Paris has been charged with failing to file federal income tax returns. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Paris has been charged with three misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    Paris, a 52-year-old Discovery Bay resident, didn't return a phone call and an email message sent to his motivational speaking company.

  • The former financial adviser for ex-NFL quarterback Vince Young says he arranged a seven-figure loan for Young during the 2011 lockout because the player wanted to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party even though he was running low on funds.

    Golf

    Tiger Woods says on his website he'll play next week in the Match Play Championship in Arizona and the following two weeks at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and the Cadillac Championship at Doral.

  • Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the Match Play Championship because of sore ribs that have been causing him discomfort despite his torrid stretch of golf.