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A man accused of being ejected from a Philadelphia Eagles
playoff game because he was intoxicated and didn’t have a ticket and then
punching a police horse in the face has been charged with assault.

Police say 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was turned away from Saturday’s game
between the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons and then approached a mounted police
officer and started punching a horse named Nicky in the face Mikkel
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, neck and shoulder. Police say some blows landed on
the officer’s legs.

Court records indicate Hendricks is charged with aggravated assault,
trespassing and taunting a police animal.

Court records don’t list a defense attorney for Hendricks. A phone number
listed in his name rang unanswered Tuesday.

Police say the horse and the officer weren’t injured.

The Eagles won the game 15-10.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano
apologized to his teammates, the organization and the fans for his 80-game
suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement.

Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask
performance-enhancing drugs.

”I wanted to apologize genuinely to the city of Seattle and to all the fans
and the young baseball players in the (United) States and the (Dominican
Republic) and most importantly to my teammates,” Cano said. ”I wanted to show my
face to you guys. I don’t think for me it’s fair to just come back and walk into
the clubhouse.

”I wanted to do this earlier. But I don’t want to be a distraction for the
team. So I was waiting for the right time.”

Cano said he couldn’t discuss details of the testing process but maintained
the substance was prescribed to him in the Dominican Republic for the treatment
of a medical issue.

”I’ve been getting tested for the last 12 seasons and I’ve never had an issue
with MLB policy,” he said. ”I was treating for some medical ailments and I was
being supervised by a doctor. But at the same time Authentic
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, I understand that everything that goes into my
body, I’m responsible for that.”

He said the suspension was the most difficult thing he’s dealt with in his
life outside of the death of his grandfather.

”I love this game so much,” Cano said. ”For me, baseball is everything. You
know I hate to sit in the dugout and have a day off and being away from the game
and not being able to sit in the dugout and cheer for my teammates, that makes
it even harder.”

Mark Texeira, a former first baseman for the New York Yankees and Cano’s
teammate Max
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, said on a New York radio show that he was ”not
surprised” Cano was suspended for PED use. Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman made
comments seemingly suggesting the same.

”Every time you hear a negative comment, it’s going to hurt anyone,” Cano
said of his former colleagues. ”But I don’t really pay attention because what I
really care about (is) those who come out and say positive things like C.C.
(Sabathia) and Mariano (Rivera). Because if you focus on the negative then
you’re always going to live in the past. I’m one who looks ahead. I don’t really
care what they said. They can say whatever they want. I hope none of them or
their family go through a situation like this because it’s easy to go out and
judge anyone.”

Cano has remained close to the team and does workouts at Safeco Field before
the team arrives each day. He leaves the stadium before his teammates get to
work and watches all the games from home. He will head to his father’s academy
in the Dominican Republic in the near future to begin ramping up his baseball

Cano was hitting .287 with a .385 on-base percentage, .441 slugging
percentage, 10 doubles, four home runs Authentic
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, 23 RBI and 21 walks for the season when the
suspension was handed down in May.

The Mariners would love to get Cano’s bat back in the lineup, but finding a
spot for him in the field could be more troublesome. Dee Gordon has excelled
defensively at second base in Cano’s absence after moving back to his old
position from center field. With Cano ineligible for postseason play, Gordon
will need to play second base in the playoffs as well should the Mariners
qualify for the first time since 2001.

Cano said he was open to whatever role the team wants him to play upon his

”This is not about myself. This is about us as a team,” Cano said. ”We are
playing for the city of Seattle. All of us, the city, my teammates Wayne
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, and myself. I’m focused on bringing a title to
Seattle so I would do whatever it takes to help this team to win. At the same
time I understand I’m not going to be able to play in the playoffs so you got to
give a chance to Dee to go out and play because when we get to the playoffs he’s
going to have to come back and play second base.”

Cano went on the disabled list on May 14 due to a fractured bone in his right
hand with the suspension being handed down the following day. The Mariners have
a 34-16 record in the 50 games Cano has missed. Barring any postponements, Cano
is eligible to return to the Mariners on Aug. 14.

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