Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by Major League Baseball through the end of the 2014 season for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but avoided a lifetime ban. Here's a look at athletes who have been banned for life from their sports:
Steve Howe -- A Rookie of the Year winner and 1982 All-Star, he was banned from Major League Baseball for life in 1992 following seven suspensions for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
Michael Ray Richardson -- One of the NBA's premiere defenders, Richardson was banned in 1986 after violating the league's substance abuse policy for the third time. The ban was eventually lifted, but he never played in the NBA again.
Lance Armstrong -- A seven-time Tour de France champion, he was stripped of all his titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012 following a doping scandal.
Pete Rose -- He was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989 amid accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team.
Shoeless Joe Jackson -- He and seven other members of the Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball after the 1920 season over accusations that they threw the 1919 World Series.
Alex Groza -- He was a two-time All-Star for the now-defunct Indianapolis Olympians when the NBA banned him for life in 1951 for point shaving.
Dexter Manley -- Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," he was banned from the NFL in 1993 after failing a drug test for the fourth time.
Roy Tarpley -- A dominating power forward who could have become one of the all-time greats, he was banned for life from the NBA in 1991 over his cocaine addiction.
Billy Coutu -- He became the only player banned from the NHL for life for fighting after attacking a referee at the end of Game 4 of the 1927 Stanley Cup.
Stanley Wilson -- Primarily used as a fullback with the Cincinnati Bengals, he was banned from the NFL for life in 1989 after multiple drug suspensions. On the eve of Super Bowl XXIII, he was found using cocaine in the locker room bathroom.
It was a summer slam in Santa Barbara from what was once Hurricane Marie. Now it has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but the force coming in from the Pacific Ocean has roughed up some of our coastline.
A catalytic converter in a passing vehicle is suspected to be the cause of a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on the Harris Grade, near Lompoc. Firefighters were able to limit the blaze to less than 20 acres.
A Hurricane making its way through the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf and strong currents to Ventura County south and southeast-facing beaches this week. Rescuers are urging the public to be cautious while entering the water, but surfers are enjoying the bigger sets.
Public Health officials across the state and across the border are searching for 24 year old Augustin Zeferino who was diagnosed with a highly contagious and drug resistant form of tuberculosis, or TB, by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.