Welcome to Leading Off, a look at the week ahead in sports where we’ll let you know what to look out for this week, recap the weekend, and point you toward interesting sports stories to read. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything or if you want to let us know what you’re watching for and reading.
The Week Ahead
Baseball suspensions coming? The New York Post reported Sunday that Major League Baseball could this week announce performance enhancing drug suspensions related to the Biogenesis scandal. According to the Post, MLB wants to get the suspensions out of the way before the season ends in an effort to limit appeals, and it may seek to suspend Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season.
Ruling in O’Bannon vs. NCAA? There is no set timetable for Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision that could turn the lawsuit from current and former players against the NCAA into a class action suit, but Wilken was expected to rule before the end of July. If that’s still the plan, the ruling that could either add thousands of players to the lawsuit or effectively kill it will come down this week.
Nine For IX: The next film in ESPN’s Nine for IX series looks at the life of women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes. It airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
No blockbusters: Baseball’s trade deadline is Wednesday, and while no one expects any blockbuster deals, last year’s mega-trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers came out of nowhere.
Bye, Donovan: Quarterback Donovan McNabb will return to Philadelphia to officially retire from the NFL on Monday. McNabb, who took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004 but had an up-and-down relationship with Philly’s notorious fans, said he “truly wouldn’t care” if they boo him this time.
From The Weekend
Hunter Mahan was leading golf’s RBC Canadian Open when he withdrew, leaving a potential million-dollar prize on the table, to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child.
Cleveland Browns’ offensive tackle Ryan Miller suffered the first concussion of the NFL season when he was knocked out during practice Saturday.
The United States knocked off Panama 1-0 to win soccer’s 2013 Gold Cup. World Cup qualifying resumes September 6.
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned over player allegations that he was physically abusive.
You Should Read…
Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy went to the Segway Polo World Cup, because that is a thing that happens.
Deadspin’s Patrick Burns watched SportsCenter for a full year to find out who and what ESPN covers most. LeBron was its most popular athlete. Read the rest here.
Grantland’s Mike Philbrick asked Dr. James Andrews whether modern medicine could have changed some of the most notable injuries in sports history.
Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Brandt provides an inside look at Aaron Hernandez and what happens when franchises receive “the call” about one of their players.
Sports on Earth’s Patrik Hruby rebuts the popular argument that paying college athletes would bring about the death of non-revenue sports.