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Canseco says he's been falsely accused

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LAS VEGAS -- Jose Canseco Jr. has been accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that the former baseball slugger made public with postings on a social media website claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape.

No arrest was made and police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old former Oakland Athletics rookie of the year, who played for six other teams, including Toronto, from 1985 to 2001. He later wrote a tell-all book admitting that he used performance-enhancing steroids.

Officer Bill Cassell, a police department spokesman, wouldn't say Wednesday where the alleged attack took place.

Word about the investigation became public after Canseco posted information about it on the social media network Twitter. He said Las Vegas police had just left his house.

The postings -- including the name and workplace of a woman -- generated an immediate outcry from others who posted comments deriding Canseco.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 23, 2013 D8

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