Portland will host next year's MLS All-Star game

Portland will host next year's MLS All-Star game

PORTLAND — Portland will host the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced the event at Jeld-Wen Field on Wednesday.

In recent years, the MLS All-Stars have played premier international teams in the annual match. This year's All-Stars are set to play AS Roma on July 31 in Kansas City.

The MLS opponent for the match in Portland will be announced at a later date.

The Portland Timbers are known for their fervent supporters and the team has sold out 42 straight MLS matches at its downtown stadium.

Jeld-Wen hosted opening round matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this week, including a 6-1 victory by the U.S. men's national team against Belize.

Giants pitcher Gaudin arrested in lewdness incident

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants right-hander Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness after an incident at a Las Vegas hospital in January. Gaudin's arrest, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, led to charges of open and gross lewdness, a misdemeanor.

According to the police report obtained by the Review-Journal, Gaudin was drunk at about 4:30 a.m. when he approached a 23-year-old woman who was lying on a gurney in the emergency room at the Desert Springs Hospital. Gaudin allegedly told the woman "she was gorgeous" and touched her face and breast.

Approached by this newspaper after Wednesday's loss, Gaudin said: "My lawyer issued a statement. I've got no further comment."

Gaudin's attorney, Dominic Gentile, released a statement saying the 30-year-old Gaudin was examined in the emergency room "while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis."

"The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness," Gentile said. "Although (Gaudin) has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eye witnesses."

Gentile said Gaudin "denies any unlawful conduct and has been cooperating with the authorities," and is confident the matter will be resolved in his favor.

The Review-Journal reported that a paramedic saw what was happening and told Gaudin to stay away from the woman, but Gaudin refused. Hospital security reportedly held down Gaudin until police arrived and the arresting officer wrote that "Gaudin was still yelling and using profanity" when police arrived.

CLEVELAND — John Rocker is still making noise, a decade after the disgraced pitcher last played in the big leagues.

Rocker told a Cleveland radio station this week that performance-enhancing drugs made Major League Baseball "more entertaining" during the Steroids Era.

Rocker told WKRK-FM on Tuesday: "Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game."

"At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town," he said. "They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That's entertainment."

Rocker was suspended in 2000 after making disparaging remarks. He later admitted he used steroids.

The 38-year-old Rocker now works on behalf of homeless veterans.

Compiled from wire reports