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Behind the Curtain: The Truth About Steroids in Sports

Ryan Braun's 2011 Steroids Scandal will Cost Him 2012 NL MVP

Under other circumstances, Ryan Braun would have a real chance to repeat as National League MVP given how well he performed in 2012.<p>Mr. Braun is a mere 0.4 games behind San Francisco’s Buster Posey for the highest WAR (wins above replacement) in the NL. Using more traditional metrics, he’s first in …

Godolphin have 11 horses banned after testing positive for steroids

British racing faces the most serious doping scandal in its history following the disclosure on Monday evening that 11 horses trained by Mahmood al-Zarooni, one of the powerful Godolphin operation's two principal trainers, have tested positive for anabolic steroids. All 11, including Certify, a …

Fleetwood Town's Gerard Kinsella banned for two years for taking steroids

A League Two player has been banned for two years by the Football Association after failing a drugs test.<p>Gerard Kinsella, of Fleetwood Town, admitted an FA charge after a sample he gave in February contained the anabolic steroid Nandrolone.<p>The 21-year-old midfielder has been hit with a 24-month …

Bonds played by the rules

Barry Bonds was rejected for the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Everybody agrees he has the numbers. But 63.8 percent voted against how he compiled them. Using steroids was cheating, they say, and violates the character clause for the Hall.<p>Hold accountable those who created the incentives Bonds …

Don Mattingly on steroids and the Hall: Glad I don't have to vote

Sunday’s baseball Hall of Fame induction without any recent players generated a pre-game conversation with Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly about where it goes on from here for players stained by the steroid era.<p>“When you look at it, you want to know what you’re voting on -- did he do it on his own …

Grand jury digs into MLB steroid use

If Major League Baseball’s “dirty dozen” suspended ballplayers thought their steroid problems were behind them, they were wrong.<p>On Friday, the …

Tyson Gay's failed drugs test was for banned steroid

The American sprinter Tyson Gay's failed drugs test was for a banned steroid, it has emerged.<p>Gay confirmed last month that he had failed a doping test but the substance that he tested positive for was not disclosed.<p>According to extracts of a letter from the United States Anti-Doping Agency obtained …

Bud Selig's Misguided, Last-Minute Push Against Steroids in Baseball

Major League Baseball's soon-to-retire commissioner may have seriously damaged his own legacy by escalating the BioGenesis scandal.<p>And to think, Bud Selig almost managed to pull off the impossible: being admired.<p>Major League Baseball's commissioner, in office since 1992, has never been particularly …

Ex-MLB Pitcher Tweets Bitterness After Steroid Suspensions

Major League Baseball handed down a slew of suspensions on Monday, punishing 13 players including Alex Rodriguez for using performance-enhancing …

Johnson returns with anti-doping message

Disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson will return to Seoul later this month in an anti-doping<br>ambassadorial role, exactly 25 years after his infamous 100m Olympic run in the South Korean capital.<p>Johnson won gold in a world record time of 9.79 seconds but was stripped of his victory three days …

Shawne Merriman hospitalized after alleged drug and alcohol overdose

Shawne Merriman is recovering from a drug and alcohol overdose suffered Sunday night.<p>Shawne Merriman overdosed on a combination of alcohol and drugs Sunday night, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Times spoke to a source who could not comment on Merriman's current condition, but who did say that …

Barry Bonds Says He Wants to Serve His Sentence ‘Immediately’

Barry Bonds said he wants to immediately begin serving his 30-day house arrest sentence after a federal appeals court on Friday upheld a conviction for obstruction of justice.<p>Bonds, 49, had been convicted of the crime for being evasive during grand jury testimony investigating the use of steroids …

Baseball still can't clean up its drug act

MLB drug scandal: Baseball still can't clean up its drug act<p>Latest Miami-area probe shows that the cheaters are still out there, and they probably always will be with so much money on the line.<p>June 07, 2013|By Kevin Baxter<p>Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun… …

Five rugby union players test positive for recreational drugs

Five players tested positive for recreational drugs in the 2012-13 season, the Rugby Football Union has announced.<p>The RFU's third anti-doping annual report reveals that 345 tests took place as part of the illicit-drugs programme, which conducts out-of-competition tests for common 'fixes'.<p>The five …

Lance Armstrong returns stripped bronze olympic medal

It took a while and some prodding. But, days after the International Olympic Committee revealed that Lance Armstrong had not returned the bronze …

Former Jays great Joe Carter says baseball drug cheats are getting off easy

Major League Baseball has handed out stiff suspensions to 18 players involved with the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal in one of the most sweeping round of sanctions in the sport's history.<p>But Joe Carter doesn't think the punishments went far enough.<p>"You pay the price for what you've …

Jamaica threatened with Olympics expulsion over failed drug tests

In the wake of numerous failed drug tests, the World Anti-Doping Agency has threatened to expel Jamaica from the Olympics if the country does not strengthen its monitoring system.<p>A handful of athletes from the island nation -- including marquee sprinters Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and …

Great Britain

JR Smith and America's Out of Control Love Affair with Drug Tests

Nearly everyone knows the war on drugs is a bad idea at this point, but employers—from the NBA to Walmart—still think smoking marijuana should be a fireable offense. And as usual, it's corporate America's vote that counts.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Keith Allison</i><p>JR Smith isn't like you or me, because …

MLB seeks to suspend A-Rod, Braun

Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug …

Corruption

Baltimore's Mick Markakis wants longer ban for drug cheats

In the wake of Major League Baseball's record number of drug suspensions Monday, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis told the Baltimore Sun that the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing substance users is to stiffen its penalties, punishments that he believes should, at the …

Drug cheats in baseball spur 'what-ifs' from opposing players

BILL DWYRE<p>Drug cheats in baseball spur 'what-ifs' from opposing players<p>Growing anger is summed up by former Angels star John Lackey, now with Boston. He says of Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his suspension: 'There are a lot of things I want back from him.'<p>August 19, 2013|Bill Dwyre<p>The …

A Brief History of MLB Drug-Suspension Arbitration (or, Don't Worry, A-Rod)

Arbitrators have a tradition of overturning Major League Baseball commissioners' decisions regarding penalties for illegal drug use.<p>Baseball writers have long been fond of exaggerating the Commissioner of Major League Baseball's authority, even going so far as to call him "the Czar" of the game. …

Ryan Braun apologises over drugs ban – but should we believe him?

Ryan Braun upset a lot of people along the way to being suspended by Major League Baseball for 65 games, for his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). On Thursday, rather than facing the cameras, the Milwaukee Braves slugger released a 944-word statement.<p>It is a tepid start for his …