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Carl Lewis Hints at Bolt Drug Connection

US great says Jamaica's testing policy puts Olympic feats in question

(Newser) - US Olympic great Carl Lewis says Jamaica needs to toughen its drug policy before he’ll take Usain Bolt’s sprinting feats seriously. “I think there are some issues,” Lewis tells Sports Illustrated. “No one is accusing anyone. But don’t live by a different rule and... More »

Jamaican Hurdlers Linked to Steroids

Drugs sent through Internet network, Sports Illustrated discovers

(Newser) - Two Jamaican Olympic hurdlers received shipments of banned performance-enhancing drugs in 2006 and 2007, according to documents obtained by Sports Illustrated. The drugs were sent to addresses linked to Delloreen Ennis-London and Adrian Findlay, both members of the Jamaican team in Beijing. Findlay denied using steroids, while Ennis-London was unreachable.... More »

Without Doping, Where's the Fun?

Nowhere, if this year's Tour de France is any sign

(Newser) - Doping in sports makes some fans uncomfortable, but it keeps others on the edges of their seats, writes Joel Stein in the LA Times. Case in point: This year's largely shenanigans-free Tour de France has been an exercise in boredom. “Before you argue that your favorite sport has to... More »

Landis Can't Overturn Ban

Court upholds doping prohibition that cost cyclist '06 Tour de France title

(Newser) - Cyclist Floyd Landis lost perhaps his final chance to keep his 2006 Tour de France title today, the AP reports, with a key panel upholding a 2-year doping ban. The three-person Court of Arbitration for Sport said Landis’ drug test was the product of “less than ideal laboratory practices,... More »

NFL Drug Testers to Keep Eye on Owens

Cowboys star missed test in midst of contract negotiations

(Newser) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been put on the NFL's "reasonable cause" group for drug screening after failing to make himself available for a random test, ESPN reports. Owens' "plausible" excuse for not returning the league's calls on that day has saved him from disciplinary action,... More »

Clemens Used Viagra for On-Field Boost

Source knows at least one drug Rocket was on

(Newser) - Roger Clemens was on at least one performance enhancing drug, a clubhouse source tells the New York Daily News: Viagra. Clemens wasn’t using Vitamin V to help with the ladies, he—and several of his teammates—were using it to improve his on-field performance. Viagra has become a major... More »

Big Brown Win Bad for Racing

Victory would be success for 'win-at-all-costs' methods: NYT

(Newser) - Big Brown carries the best hopes of racing fans as he tries to capture the Triple Crown today, but represents the worst of horse racing, writes Peter Thomas Fornatale in the New York Times. Brown is an admirable creature, sure, but he's the product of a company that runs its... More »

Baseball Finally Back to Normal

After over a decade of insanity, home run totals normal once more

(Newser) - After over a decade of chemical-fueled insanity, baseball is back to normal, writes Thomas Boswell in the Washington Post. Home run totals are down 10.4% this spring, after an 8% drop last year. The sport is on pace to return to the century-old statistical norms ripped to shreds by... More »

Steroid Dealer: I Taught Olympic Track Coach About Drugs

Graham 'called in orders' 4 times a week

(Newser) - An admitted steroid dealer told a San Francisco jury that he showed track coach Trevor Graham—who trained Olympic medalists Tim Montgomery and Antonio Pettigrew, among others—the ins-and-outs of the performance-enhancing drug trade. Angel "Memo" Heredia said he crossed the Mexican border to buy steroids, human growth hormone,... More »

Feds Have 104 Positive MLB Drug Tests

And may release names, despite vow of anonymity

(Newser) - US Attorneys have a list of 104 baseball players who failed a 2003 drug test, even though the players' union vowed to keep those names secret. The union has contested the Feds' search, but the list could become public in a matter of weeks, reports the New York Times. More »

Clemens: I'm Sorry for Mistakes I Made

Scandal-plagued pitcher still denies drug use, 'improper' affair

(Newser) - Roger Clemens broke his silence on the allegations that he has had numerous affairs, apologizing for his "mistakes" in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. The Rocket stressed that his "personal life has nothing to do with the accusations of steroid and HGH use," and denied beginning... More »

Roger's Pals Appeal: Cut Your Losses!

Friends want Rocket to drop suit, critics agree

(Newser) - Friends and critics of Roger Clemens agree on one thing: He's well beyond "say it ain't so" and entering "stop the bleeding" territory. Those close to the rambling family man are urging him to drop his defamation lawsuit against Brian McNamee, and a legal expert compares him to... More »

Missing Genes Can Thwart Doping Tests

Athletes' DNA triggers false negative tests for testosterone

(Newser) - Testosterone injections are among the most common performance-enhancing drugs detected in athlete screenings, but some lucky competitors can take them without fear of exposure, the New York Times reports. Of 55 men given testosterone in a recent study, 17 came up clean on a drug test because they're missing the... More »

Clemens Had More Women, Source Says

'Family man' flew several in private jet; gave gifts of jewelry

(Newser) - It wasn't just country singer Mindy McCready that Roger Clemens carried on with, a source tells the New York Daily News. The former Major League pitcher apparently had several lovely lady friends whom he jetted across the country in his plane and presented with expensive jewelry. One of them admitted... More »

Tearful Singer: Clemens Affair Rumors True

Country star McCready confirms relationship with embattled pitcher

(Newser) - Country star Mindy McCready confirmed that she had a 10-year affair with Roger Clemens in a tearful interview yesterday with the New York Daily News. "I cannot refute anything in the story," McCready says. The two met in 1991, when the singer was 15, and Clemens was 28... More »

Baseball Owners, Players Toughen Drug Policy

They agree to more tests; players in Mitchell Report are spared

(Newser) - Clubs and players agreed yesterday to toughen Major League Baseball's anti-doping policy, the AP reports. Players will be tested more frequently without notice, and the game's outside administrator—a position created in 2005 to oversee testing—will get more authority. As part of the deal, all of the players named... More »

Canseco Links A-Rod to 'Roids in New Book

Claims he introduced Rodriguez to known steroid dealer

(Newser) - Jose Canseco, baseball’s most outspoken steroid user, suggests that reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs in his new book Vindicated, reports the New York Post. This according to a Massachusetts-based writer, who found a copy yesterday in a local store, although it's not due for release until... More »

Rocket Avoids 'Roid Q's at Camp

Clemens wants to focus on baseball

(Newser) - Roger Clemens arrived at the Houston Astros’ training camp determined to avoid questions about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. “Everything’s been said that needs to be said on that. We’re moving forward. It’s baseball time. We’re going to enjoy that,” the hurler said.... More »

House Panel May Go After Clemens on Perjury

Panel drafts letter asking Justice Dept. to investigate

(Newser) - The congressional panel that questioned Roger Clemens about steroids has drafted a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate whether he committed perjury, the New York Times reports. The letter doesn't name his former trainer, Brian McNamee, who testified the same day and insisted Clemens is lying, but that could... More »

Over-Testing of Rodriguez Raises Questions

Yankees' slugger may have implicated self with defense of drug policy

(Newser) - "Last year, I got tested 9 to 10 times," Alex Rodriguez told reporters yesterday. The high number of tests raises questions, according to the New York Times. MLB mandates two tests a year per player, plus 600 random tests, for which "There is no limit on the... More »

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