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Thursday's Sports In Brief

Friday - 6/7/2013, 9:41am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain records for its investigation of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.

The subpoenas were issued May 23, according to a civil case file in Florida's Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, where MLB sued Biogenesis of America, anti-aging clinic head Anthony Bosch and five others in March.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB's "very comprehensive" probe proves that baseball has the toughest drug policy in professional sports.

MLB asked Federal Express to turn over shipment records for Biogenesis, Bosch, the other defendants and a long list of individuals who appeared to be affiliated with Bosch.

BASEBALL DRAFT

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- This time, the Houston Astros couldn't resist drafting Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick.

Houston selected the hard-throwing Stanford pitcher with the top choice in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night, a year after passing on the hometown kid and instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.

Appel, who grew up in Houston before moving to California when he was 12, slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8 last year but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season. The move paid off.

After going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings this season for the Cardinal, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel is expected to fetch about double the amount he passed up from the Pirates.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) -- Maria Sharapova was not even an adult the last time she beat Serena Williams, it was so long ago.

That was at the WTA Championships, when the Russian was just over 17 1-2 years old. Nearly nine years later, she'll try to stop Williams from winning her 16th Grand Slam title in the French Open final on Saturday, where Sharapova has to beat overwhelming odds to defend her title.

Williams leads 13-2 against Sharapova and has won their last 12 matches on all surfaces.

Comparing Thursday's semifinals, the odds of that happening look extremely thin. Williams crushed last year's finalist Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1, spending nearly three times less on court than Sharapova did in her gritty 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win against Victoria Azarenka.

PENN STATE

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday threw out the governor's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument "a Hail Mary pass" that easily warranted dismissal.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane's decision put an early end to the antitrust lawsuit Gov. Tom Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties.

She said she could not "find any factual allegations supporting (Corbett's) allegation of 'concerted action' that might nudge its conspiracy claim into 'plausible' territory."

The NCAA said it was "exceedingly pleased" and hoped the ruling would help heal divisions caused by the Sandusky scandal.

Corbett expressed disappointment and said he feels strongly the claims he raised were compelling and deserved a thorough review by the courts.

NBA

DENVER (AP) -- The starless Denver Nuggets just lost their biggest name on the bench.

George Karl was ousted Thursday less than a month after winning the NBA's Coach of the Year award. His tenure with the Nuggets is over after 8
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