Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

--ALEX RODRIGUEZ BANNED TO END OF 2014, YET MAKES SEASON DEBUT

Alex Rodriguez is banned until the end of 2014 for his role in a doping scandal, yet makes his season debut on same day Major League Baseball hands out bans to 13 players.

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--MANCHESTER UNITED TURNS DOWN IMPROVED CHELSEA BID FOR ROONEY

Manchester United has turned down an improved second bid from Chelsea for unsettled England striker Wayne Rooney.

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--ENGLAND RETAINS ASHES AS WEATHER HALTS AUSTRALIA VICTORY PUSH

England has retained the Ashes — cricket's most historic contest — in anti-climactic fashion as rain wipes out most of the final day of the third test, halting Australia's push for victory.

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--BARCELONA CONSIDERS BIDDING FOR WINTER OLYMPICS

More renowned for its temperate Mediterranean climate than snow, Barcelona is considering bidding for the 2020 Winter Olympics, 28 years after hosting Summer Games.

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--AUSTRALIAN FEMALE JOCKEY KILLED AT DARWIN CUP MEETING

Leading female jockey Simone Montgomerie is killed in a race fall at the Darwin Cup meeting, forcing cancellation of the event.

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