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Military May Boost Soldier Performance With Brain Stimulation

Seen as safer alternative to prescription drugs

(Newser) - Air crew, drone operators, and other personnel serving in the military's most demanding roles may soon get a non-pharmacological boost: brain stimulation. Devices that use five electrodes to shoot weak currents into very specific targets in the cortex have performed very well in studies investigating performance under pressure, boosting... More »

Trump Implies Clinton Was on Drugs During Last Debate

He wants drug testing 'cause I don't know what's going on with her'

(Newser) - In what is likely another first in a US presidential election seemingly full of them, a candidate has advocated for drug testing prior to a debate. CBS News reports Donald Trump suggested Saturday that Hillary Clinton was on performance-enhancing drugs during the second debate "cause I don't know... More »

Drug Used by Sharapova Found in 99 Other Cases

Nearly 100 positive tests so far this year

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova isn't the only athlete who's been busted for taking a heart medicine once used by Soviet troops to build stamina. Turns out the World Anti-Doping Agency has seen nearly 100 positive tests in 2016 for meldonium, a drug the group banned Jan. 1, spokesman Ben Nichols... More »

Sharapova Used Same Drug as Soviet Troops in the '80s

Soldiers took meldonium for stamina while fighting in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case was regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The tennis star said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which... More »

Now Gamers Will Be Drug Tested, Too

After big-name player makes Adderall boast

(Newser) - If you still have a hard time buying the notion that gamers are professional athletes, maybe this doping scandal will help. The Electronic Sports League plans to conduct random drug tests at future tournaments after a big-name player 'fessed up, reports the Wall Street Journal . Anything off-limits to more... More »

A-Rod Used PEDs in MVP Season— With MLB's Blessing

New book says he got permission to use testosterone in 2007

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs in 2007, the year he hit 54 home runs, won his second MVP award, and then opted out of his contract, leading to the biggest pay-day in baseball history—and he did it with the league's blessing. An excerpt from the upcoming book, Blood ... More »

Radio Show Canned After Host Claims Pujols was a 'Juicer'

Former Cardinal Jack Clark says Pujols' trainer told him so

(Newser) - A St. Louis radio station has dropped a show co-hosted by former Cardinals player Jack Clark after Clark claimed on-air that Angels player Albert Pujols had used steroids. Clark was only in his first week as a radio host on WGNU when he said Pujols' former trainer Chris Mihlfeld told... More »

MLB Suspends A-Rod Through 2014; He Can Play for Now

Twelve players have agreed to 50-game suspensions

(Newser) - All players targeted for drug suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal —except Alex Rodriguez—have accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball, a person familiar with the negotiations tells the AP. MLB has decided to slap Rodriguez with a suspension lasting through the entire 2014 season, but he's expected... More »

Source: A-Rod Could Be Looking at Lifetime Ban

Yankee seeking deal with MLB: report

(Newser) - After Ryan Braun received a suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic PED scandal , things are looking bleak for Yankee Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod's punishment could be far worse than Braun's, according to CBS New York : A baseball insider says he may face a lifetime ban. Indeed, sources... More »

Baseball MVP Braun Suspended for Doping

Will lose $3M sitting out rest of season

(Newser) - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason today in the first penalty following Major League Baseball's investigation of a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs . Braun accepted the penalty. "I am not perfect. I realize... More »

Miami Clinic Founder to Rat Out MLB Players: Sources

20 players could be suspended over ties

(Newser) - Around 20 MLB players—including stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun—could soon be suspended for their ties to the Miami clinic at the center of a long-brewing performance-enhancing drug scandal , inside sources tell ESPN's Outside the Lines . Clinic founder Tony Bosch is reported to have reached an agreement... More »

Substance in Pistorius' Bedroom: Sex Enhancer?

Turns out it wasn't testosterone

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' representatives have named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum and said today it is an herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery." A product called Testis compositum is also marketed as a sexual enhancer, good... More »

University of Miami at Heart of MLB Doping Probe

University linked to clinic said to provide performance-enhancing drugs

(Newser) - At least eight people—including the likes of baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun—linked to a clinic under MLB investigation have something in common: They all have a history with the University of Miami. And that prompted the MLB to take a closer look at the university's... More »

Armstrong Admits Doping

Sources say he will now testify against cycling officials

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has finally come clean and admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The cyclist confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped yesterday afternoon, sources tell the AP and the New York Times . Insiders say Armstrong is now planning to testify against officials from the... More »

Lance Armstrong Chokes Up: 'I'm Sorry'

Disgraced cyclist apologizes to staff at Livestrong

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong gave an emotional apology to Livestrong staff today before heading off to his interview with Oprah Winfrey , reports ABC News . His "sincere and heartfelt apology" left some of the 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers in tears at their Austin, Texas, headquarters, said a spokeswoman. She refused to say... More »

Let Them Dope

Athletes should be free to decide for themselves: Post op-ed

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has had a lousy week , but maybe it's time the rest of us got over our "sanctimonious" opposition to sports doping and let athletes partake legally, writes a professor of ethics and engineering in the Washington Post . After all, we already let football players takes vicious... More »

Armstrong's Downfall Had Surprising Beginning

Blame the 'tattooed guy' who got busted and talked

(Newser) - When professional cyclist and tattoo artist Kayle Leogrande was busted for doping, he never imagined it would lead to the downfall of one of the most celebrated bikers of all time. But that's pretty much what happened, explains the New York Times . The heavily tatted biker was an aspiring... More »

Armstrong's Tragic Flaw: His Ego

He shouldn't have attempted 2009 comeback: Dan Levy

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his titles and banned for life from pro cycling. But don't blame performance-enhancing drugs for Armstrong's downfall—blame his ego instead, writes Dan Levy at Bleacher Report . After winning his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong attempted a 2009 comeback. "If... More »

Record-Setting Ye 'Clean,' Says Olympic Bigwig

Lord Colin Moynihan confirms Chinese swimmer passed drug tests

(Newser) - Ye Shiwen was "clean" when she set a world record in the women's 400-meter individual medley at the London Olympics, according to the British Olympic Association chairman. Lord Colin Moynihan confirmed that Ye went through the World Anti-Doping Agency's drug testing program, the BBC reports. "That'... More »

Tour de France Rider: I May Have Been Poisoned

Team RadioShack pulls Fränk Schleck out of competition

(Newser) - Team RadioShack pulled Fränk Schleck out of the Tour de France yesterday, after the Luxembourg cyclist tested positive for a banned substance. But Schleck insists he's innocent, and is using a fairly novel defense. "I have no explanation for the test result and therefore insist that the... More »

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