Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez, a colorful slugger who abruptly retired this year amid allegations of banned substance use, is now facing criminal prosecution on charges that he slapped his wife during an argument.
Ramirez, 39, could get up to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery charges. He was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday after spending the night in the Broward County Jail, with little to say to a knot of waiting reporters.
“No thanks,” Ramirez said when asked for comment. “Let me see, where’s my family?”
Ramirez hopped into a white Cadillac Escalade driven by his sister and was whisked away. A few minutes earlier, the Broward Sheriff’s Office released a tape of the 911 call made by his wife, 32-year-old Juliana Ramirez, from their sprawling home in the Ft. Lauderdale suburb of Weston.
“My husband just hit me,” Juliana Ramirez says calmly on the tape.
When the dispatcher asks where she was struck, Juliana replies, “My face and my head, in the bed. I have a bump on my head ... He’s not doing anything anymore because he knows I’m calling the police,” she says.
Cardinals, Carpenter agree
Pittsburgh — The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Chris Carpenter have agreed to a $21 million deal that will keep the former Cy Young Award winner with the club through the 2013 season.
3 OSU players reinstated
Columbus, Ohio — Just in time for its first road game of the season at Miami (Fla.), Ohio State got some good news for a change.
The NCAA reinstated three Buckeyes players Tuesday who were suspended for taking envelopes with $200 cash from a university booster at a charity event earlier this year.
Tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, tapped as starters for the Buckeyes in the preseason, along with backup safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, were suspended two games for violating NCAA rules by taking the improper benefits at an event in suburban Cleveland in February.
Bowden reveals he had cancer
Tallahassee, Fla. — Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed he was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007, making the rounds Tuesday in New York to tell his story.
Although he had kept it secret for more than four years, Bowden said he believed it was now “my moral duty to bring it out in the open.”
Bowden turns 82 in early November.
Mizzou CB kicked off team
Columbia, Mo. — A second Missouri defensive back has been kicked off the team in as many weeks.
Coach Gary Pinkel says red-shirt freshman cornerback Tristen Holt has been “removed from the program.” He announced sophomore safety Tavon Bolden’s dismissal the first week of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules. Holt was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving an accident scene.
Boise St. gets probation
Boise, Idaho — The NCAA placed Boise State on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions Tuesday for major violations by the football program and other sports.
The sanctions included a public reprimand, a one-year postseason ban for women’s tennis and recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions. Some of the penalties had previously been self-imposed by the university.
Boise State football will be able to offer three fewer scholarships each year, from 85 to 82, through the 2013-14 season. The football team will also be allowed fewer contact practices during spring training for three years.