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Casillas: Real Men Used Horse Ointment

The alleged use of deer-antler spray by professional athletes was the hot topic of Super Bowl week, but former defensive lineman Tony Casillas said it doesn't compare to what players used during his playing career.

"When I heard about deer-antler spray, I said that's nothing. We used to use this stuff called 'DMSO,'" Casillas said last week. "That's what veterinarians put on horses' muscles and we used it in the locker room."

The Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis became embroiled in a Super Bowl week controversy when a Sports Illustrated story said that he received deer-antler spray from a company called Sports With Alternatives To Steroids to use during his comeback from a torn triceps injury in October. Lewis strongly denied that he used the product, however.

"We had a bottle and you'd take it. It goes right to the blood stream. I'm not sure about this deer-antler stuff, but it was prevalent in our locker room," Casillas said in the interview.

"It's an ointment that's like anti-inflammatory. You put it on your skin and you put it on a muscle, and I guarantee you, in about 30 minutes you'd feel great," he said, adding that "people knew" players were using it.


Rusty Wallace, Famed Car Midnight Headed into Hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his famed car "Midnight" will be part of his induction.

Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, will be inducted Friday night along with Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; car owner Cotton Owens and crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

Midnight will be part of Wallace's display. He drove the car to 13 victories from 1992-94, and led more than 5,000 laps. It ran as both a Pontiac and a Ford for Penske Racing South.

Midnight was restored last year by former crew members from Wallace's team. It will go into the Hall in race-ready condition as a 1994 Ford Thunderbird with the black and gold Miller Genuine Draft paint scheme.


Bob Gibson Statue Will Be Unveiled at Werner Park

PAPILLION, Neb. -- The Sarpy County Sports Commission will host an unveiling of a sculpture of Nebraska-born baseball great Bob Gibson.

The banquet is April 11 at Werner Park, the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Creighton University artist-in-residence Littleton Alston was commissioned to design the sculpture, which depicts Gibson delivering a pitch. The project is being funded through private donations.

The 8-foot bronze sculpture will honor the Omaha native who pitched 17 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals during his Hall of Fame career. Gibson has lived in Sarpy County ever since retiring in 1975 after a 16-year career. He went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA in 1968, and that fall's World Series featured he and Dennis McLain of the Detroit Tigers, MLB's last 30-game winner.

EX-SOX SIGN: Two players who spent 2012 with the Red Sox signed Thursday with new teams.

Seattle finalized a one-year deal with catcher Kelly Shoppach, while the Indians signed infielder Mike Aviles to a two-year deal.

Shoppach played for Boston and the New York Mets last season, appearing in 76 games. The 32-year-old also has a relationship with Seattle manager Eric Wedge, having played for him in Cleveland for parts of four seasons from 2006-09.

Financial terms of the Aviles deal were not immediately available. He spent last season as Boston's primary shortstop, batting .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games.

Aviles also posted a career-high in doubles (28) last season and matched personal bests in extra-base hits (41) and steals (14).

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