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He says Major League Baseball made him the scapegoat for steroids. Well, takes one to know one Jose Canseco.
The former slugger was pulled over by the cops Wednesday with his girlfriend and a car full of goats. Canseco even tweeted a picture as proof. If you look closely, one of the goats is wearing a diaper.
And you thought Canseco couldn't top wearing a mini skirt in season five of "The Surreal Life."
Canseco said the animals are part of a fainting goat adventure documentary that he is producing.
(CNN) - 'Mr. Cub' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks came into the major leagues with a spirit of positivity, possibility, and that unmistakable smile that gave Chicago Cubs fans faith.
He continued to blaze a trail that Jackie Robinson started when he broke baseball's color barrier. And though Banks never won a World Series, never even played in the playoffs, he now has something bigger than the most blinged-out championship ring.
Today, Banks received the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, standing alongside 15 other recipients – among them former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
Banks let CNN in on a little secret. During the ceremony, he gave President Barack Obama something very special to him.
"I presented him with the Jackie Robinson bat. Jackie Robinson was my idol, as you know, and he was the first black to play in the Major Leagues," said Banks. "My life is really in a happy moment."
The plot line was going to be nothing short of epic: A cancer survivor, hounded by detractors, does the impossible – returns to the sport he loves and proves them all wrong.
That's the film that director Alex Gibney was making in 2009, about Lance Armstrong's heroic comeback to the world of cycling.
But the project came to a screeching halt when the doping scandal finally consumed the sport's biggest star.
Then, after Armstrong finally confessed to his sins, Gibney reopened the project, and what began as a fan film turned into an unflinching look at a spiraling web of lies.
"The fury that served him very well on the bike, turned out to be very damaging off the bike," Gibney said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
In his new book "Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football," author Rich Cohen describes the legendary NFL team's coach Mike Ditka as a gruff savior for the Windy City:
He looked like a bear and behaved like a bear ... He was a Kodiak rooting through trash on the edge of a national park. He was a grizzly enraged by a swarm of bees ... Every junior high school has that gym teacher who wants to be called Coach, who makes you run an extra ten laps for being a wisea** ... Ditka was that guy for the entire city of Chicago.
"He's like the guy that actually makes you get up and work," said Cohen. After multiple losing seasons, the residents of Chicago needed someone like Ditka "to snap you out of this funk."
(CNN) – The Miami Dolphins have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito after allegations of misconduct lodged by offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the NFL team last week.
Incognito was suspended "for conduct detrimental to the team."
"I played football in the NFL for 11 years and I have never really heard anything quite like this occurring when I was in the NFL," former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."