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Steroids' Benefits Could Ripple for Months, Years

Current bans on athletes who test positive might not be enough

(Newser) - Steroids may give athletes a competitive edge way longer than previously thought—as long as their entire professional careers. A new study from Norway found that mice given steroids were able to regrow muscle mass more rapidly months after the drug was withdrawn. After three months "clean," the... More »

World Cup Anti-Doping Lab Loses License

'Repeated failures' shut down Rio facility 10 months before tournament

(Newser) - The World Anti-Doping Agency today revoked the license of the Rio de Janeiro anti-doping lab that was supposed to handle player samples for the upcoming World Cup. With just 10 months to go before the tournament, the WADA suspended the lab, citing "repeated failures" in its work. The lab... More »

Ex-Commish: Ban A-Rod Forever

Faye Vincent thinks there should be a one-strike steroid policy

(Newser) - Major League Baseball has just handed down some stiff suspensions to Alex Rodriguez and the other players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal—but not nearly stiff enough for Faye Vincent's tastes. When gambling threatened the sport, baseball instituted a one-strike-and-you're-out policy. "As a result, there is no... More »

A-Rod, MLB Working on Suspension Deal: Sources

He may now agree to settlement for lengthy suspension

(Newser) - Word from inside Major League Baseball is that Alex Rodriguez is facing a possible lifetime ban for his links to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal , and the MLB has now begun negotiating a settlement with his legal team for a long suspension instead, ESPN and the New York Post report.... 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 »

Justice Department Joins Suit Against Armstrong

Teaming with Floyd Landis

(Newser) - The Justice Department has jumped onto Floyd Landis' lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing that the disgraced cyclist defrauded the government by violating its ban on illegal drugs while under contract to race for the US Postal Service team. The government is asking for around $100 million, or about three times... More »

Miami Clinic's Records Show A-Rod Is Still Juicing

Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, and more used banned substances, report shows

(Newser) - It looks like Alex Rodriguez never got off the juice. The Yankees' much-maligned slugger is one of a number of stars implicated in records from a Miami clinic called Biogenesis, the Miami New-Times reports. An employee passed the records to the paper last month, just before the firm closed and... More »

Everyone Doped; Here's Why

Levi Leipheimer, a longtime teammate of Lance Armstrong, comes clean

(Newser) - All his life, Levi Leipheimer wanted to be a cyclist—and the sport's culture of doping didn't stop him. Leipheimer was a longtime teammate of Lance Armstrong, one of many who came forward as part of yesterday's bombshell USADA report on the doping epidemic in the sport.... 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 »

Cabrera Hatched Fake Site to Dodge Doping Penalty

MLB figured it out really quickly, report says

(Newser) - It looks like Melky Cabrera didn't just meekly go along with his 50-game suspension for banned substances. A source tells the New York Daily News that Cabrera launched a bizarre scheme to create a fake website for a fake topical cream, which he then claimed inadvertently boosted his testosterone... 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 »

Coach Slams Chinese Swimmer's 'Impossible' Time

John Leonard nearly accuses Ye Shiwen of doping

(Newser) - A Chinese swimmer's stunning world-record time at the Olympics has raised eyebrows—and elicited a pretty clear accusation, reports the Guardian . Ye Shiwen won the gold i n the women's 400m individual medley, but her remarkable time of 4:28.43 is "unbelievable" and "impossible,"... More »

Clemens Faces Former BFFs in Perjury Trial

Andy Pettitte, Brian McNamee are star prosecution witnesses

(Newser) - Roger Clemens' perjury trial begins today in Washington, and it is loaded with juicy storylines—no pun intended—thanks to star witnesses Andy Pettitte and Brian McNamee. Clemens and Pettitte were as close as brothers, but of all the ex-ballplayers testifying, only Pettitte is expected to say Clemens admitted using... More »

Armstrong Retires— for Real This Time

Though comeback wasn't stellar, he has no regrets

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong is embarking upon "Retirement 2.0," as he calls it. Retirement 1.0 came in 2005, after his seventh consecutive Tour de France win. His comeback, which began in 2009, failed to produce an eighth win, but he tells the AP that even though "I... More »

Contador Likely to Lose Tour de France Title

Spaniard has 10 days to appeal decision over drug test

(Newser) - Alberto Contador is expected to lose his title as the winner of the 2010 Tour de France and be banned from cycling for a full year, the Telegraph reports. The decision is not yet official, but the Spanish Cycling Federation has recommended the punishment, meaning that Contador has 10 days... More »

Latest Sports Performance Enhancer: Deer Antlers?

You couldn't make this stuff up

(Newser) - The latest way to cheat in pro sports? Eating crushed-up deer antlers, apparently. As Yahoo Sports explains, the velvet covering the antlers is harvested in New Zealand, ground into a powder, and sold in the US, most commonly as a $68-a-bottle spray. The problem is that it naturally contains IGF-1,... More »

Teammates: Armstrong Was Doping 'Instigator'

Cyclist continues to deny all charges

(Newser) - As a federal grand jury hears testimony related to Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping, Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at the scandal. Among the new information to be detailed in next week’s issue, based on documents and interviews:
  • Former teammate Floyd Landis recalls an instance when customs officials
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Performance-Enhancer Eyed in High School Illnesses

Cluster of football injuries puzzles experts

(Newser) - Despite denials from players and students, authorities in Oregon suspect it was the use of a muscle-enhancing supplement that caused 19 members of a high school football team to drop like flies after a training camp. The 13 McMinnville High School players who were hospitalized are being tested for creatine,... More »

Other Cyclists Backing Claims Armstrong Doped

Lance 'encouraged' drug use, source tells Times

(Newser) - Other cyclists are supporting teammate Floyd Landis' claims that Lance Armstrong has systematically used performance enhancing drugs. One rider—who has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs—detailed his drug use to investigators, which he said was done with Armstrong's knowledge and encouragement, he told the New York Times. More »

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