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Braves hit by controversies

– Ugly allegations against Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell where followed by the Friday arrest of pitcher Derek Lowe on DWI charges.

McDowell was placed on administrative leave Friday for allegedly making homophobic comments, crude gestures and threatening a fan with a bat before a game in San Francisco last weekend.

Earlier in the day, the team learned that Lowe had been arrested by state troopers who said they spotted him racing another car on an Atlanta street. The officer detected an odor of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test, which resulted in Lowe’s arrest, according to Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.

“It’s been a rough couple days for this organization and, clearly, I have a lot to do with that,” Lowe said.

Around the leagues

Cincinnati pitcher Mike Leake was sentenced to counseling and 30 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a charge reduced from theft to unauthorized use of property. He was arrested April 18 after trying to leave Macy’s with six T-shirts having a total value of $59.88. … Attorneys for Frank McCourt filed notice in Los Angeles Superior Court that they are going to appeal the ruling that determined the Dodgers are jointly owned by Frank and Jamie McCourt.