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Monday 09, Sep 2013

NBA Free Agent Lamar Obom Enters Rehab

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NBA Free Agent Lamar Obom Enters Rehab

Lamar Obom, the NBA free agent and star of “Khloe & Lamar“, has reportedly checked himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. This was after his recent arrest for allegedly driving under the influence. He however didn’t spent much time and checked out the rehab center roughly a day after he sought help for drug addiction, according to recent rumors.

Obom was arrested on August 30, 2013 after being stopped in Los Angles on US Route 101. He showed “objective signs of intoxications”, as per California Highway Patrol. The 33-year old NBA free agent was unable to perform a field sobriety test and has not entered a plea. Odom was released on a bond of $15,000. His driving license has been suspended for one year for driving under the influence.

The two-time NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year Award winner is married to “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Khloé Kardashian Their wedding was featured on the E! reality-based series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Odom and Khloé’s relationship has been in trouble in the recent past, much due to the alleged drug use of the former LA Laker. It is alleged that Khloé kicked him out of their LA home and gave him an ultimatum to go and seek help for his problems with drugs.

The alleged drug dealer of Lamar Odom has claimed that the NBA free agent spent $50,000 on cocaine in three years. He added Odom consumed cocaine on as many as 10 occasions since 2010 when the LA Clippers basketball player visited Queens in New York where he grew up.

Odom violated the drug policy of NBA twice in 2001 and then admitted to using marijuana in 2003. He is presently unsigned but had been drawing interest from the Lakers, as well as the L.A. Clippers, where he finished last season. The American professional basketball forward averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 82 games for the Clippers last season.

Odom’s mother died of colon cancer and his father was a heroin addict. In 1997, Lamar Odom was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year in 1997. The 6 foot 10 inch forward was named to the 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team. Lamar Joseph Odom played college basketball for the Rhode Island Rams before he was drafted in the first round with the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1999 NBA Draft. Odom signed as a restricted free agent with the Miami Heat before being traded to the Lakers. After spending seven seasons with the Lakers, Odom was traded to Dallas and then back to the Clippers in 2012. Odom led the US in rebounds at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul and became the first player in history to win both an NBA championship and FIBA Gold in the same year. Odom made a cameo on the second season of the HBO television series Entourage and featured in Pro Skater Rob Dyrdek’s MTV show Fantasy Factory.

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Saturday 07, Sep 2013

Study Exposing Widespread Doping In Track And Field Withheld

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Study Exposing Widespread Doping In Track And Field Withheld

A study disclosing that around 29 percent of more than 2,000 track and field athletes were doping has been withheld by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The researchers conducted their interviews at two major track and field events: the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, and the Pan-Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. According to the findings, an estimated 29 percent of the athletes at the 2011 world championships and 45 percent of the athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games disclosed in anonymous surveys that they had doped in the past year. By contrast, less than 2 percent of drug tests examined by World Anti-Doping Agency laboratories in 2010 were positive.

The involved researchers were keen to publish their results and believed they could expose a harsh reality of today’s sports. But WADA had other plans and the anti-doping agency told the researchers after a final draft of the study was submitted to the agency that they could not publish their findings at this time. The researchers said WADA told them track and field’s world governing body needed to review the findings first. One of the involved researchers said it was going to be a really sensitive issue, and they needed time to figure out how to deal with it.

Nick Davies, a spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said the original study was not complete for publication and added it was based only on a social science protocol, a kind of vox pop of athletes’ opinions. The IAAF spokesman further indicated that blood tests from the world championships this month in Moscow would be combined with the previous research to produce what the track’s governing body believed would be a more comprehensive study.

Meanwhile, the researchers have remarked their work was critical and sound enough to stand alone. They added it made little scientific sense to combine their work with that of a study they did not conduct.

For many months, the team of researchers and WADA exchanged correspondence on whether to publish the findings or not. The World Anti-Doping Agency gave permission in January 2013 and an inquiry was sent to the journal Science, which decided not to consider the study for publication. It was revealed by the researchers that the inquiry was rejected as the subject matter did not fit. The anti-doping agency expressed support in submitting the study to other journals and told researchers in March not to publish but to wait for the IAAF to review the findings.

John Hoberman, a University of Texas professor who is an expert on performance enhancing drugs, said findings of the study dispelled the notion that doping was a deviant behavior among a few athletes. He said either the sport is recruiting huge numbers of deviants or this is simply routine behavior being engaged in by, more or less, normal people. Don Catlin, a prominent anti-doping scientist, remarked he was not sure that the World Anti-Doping Agency had the resources to rein in doping. About the researchers’ findings, Catlin said those are profound numbers but he is not surprised, though.

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Thursday 05, Sep 2013

Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

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Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is fighting against many troubles these days. After being banned for 211 games by the Major League Baseball, the Yankees slugger decided to deflect attention by filing a medical malpractice suit against the team medic, Dr. Chris Ahmad. But this lawsuit comes to Yankees as a happy surprise as they can argue that it was the use of illegal steroids by Rodriguez that caused his injury in the first place.

It is believed that the doctor in question incorrectly diagnosed a hip injury that was suffered by A-Rod during the playoffs last year. The slugger had surgery on his left hip and was sidelined until July. According to a team insider, Yankees are of the view that it was the use of illegal steroids that caused his hip injury. The team insider has revealed that Alex initially complained about his right hip and there was no mention of the left hip and the suggestion that the Yankees and Dr. Ahmad were in cahoots to misdiagnose Alex are absolutely ridiculous. In case the baseball slugger decides to proceed with a medical malpractice suit, the Yankees will start a very thorough identification process that will include the medical records of Rodriguez that will be filed with the court and made available to the public.

The source also revealed that the Yankees are fed up with Rodriguez and these outrageous claims being made by his advisers and they are attempting to once again deflect attention from the real issue, Alex’s use of steroids. It was also disclosed by the source that the team would immediately seek to depose Alex and force him to answer under oath about his use of steroids if the case goes to trial and added that Alex Rodriguez will have to answer the questions truthfully and under penalty of perjury.

In a statement about the pending lawsuit, the Yankees said we relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions, and treatment. It added the Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time. It was also disclosed that given the various allegations that have been made by Alex Rodriguez and his counsel, if you have any medical questions they should be directed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has remarked that he has told his outspoken handlers to freeze the scorching rhetoric amid his epic fight against the doping ban imposed on him. Rodriguez remarked there are so many great stories going on in baseball, and for us, we really just want to focus on playing good baseball, and 100 percent have all the questions be about baseball. The slugger added if there are any questions in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment. A-Rod recently authorized attorney Joe Tacopina to accuse the Yankees of playing Rodriguez in 2012 while being aware he had a “hole in his hip” in order to get out from under his contract.

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Tuesday 03, Sep 2013

Ryan Braun Admits Doping

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Ryan Braun Admits Doping

Ryan Braun has admitted to using banned performance enhancing drugs and apologized for his behavior. According to friends of the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder, Braun was expected to make a public acknowledgment of the fact that he doped during the 2011 season in which the honor of National League MVP came his way.

Braun explained his reasons of using banned drugs and apologized to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, among others, for lying about his doping past. According to sources, the baseball slugger has already had a word with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The first Jewish baseball player to win the Most Valuable Player award in decades was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. In 2006, Braun was Milwaukee Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year and made his major league debut in 2007. He is best described as a 5-tool player for his ability to excel at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities. Braun was named “National Freshman of the Year” at the University of Miami and a first-team “Freshman All-American”, by Baseball America in 2003. Ryan Braun was also named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. In July 2007, Braun became the fastest in Brewer history to hit 10 major league home runs, doing so in 38th game and hit his 15th home run in the 50th game of his career, and his 20th in his 64th game. Braun won the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award beating Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in the closest NL vote. In 2007, he was voted the NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year by 488 major league players and 30 managers.

The American baseball left fielder and third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball is presently serving a suspension of 65 games from baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The slugger accepted the ban imposed by MLB after he was shown the evidence gathered by Major League Baseball against him. Braun is also expected to issue an apology to sample collector Dino Laurenzi as Braun “wrongly” appealed a suspension of 50 games after the 2011 season and doubts were created by Braun’s legal team about how his urine sample was collected.

The suggestions of Braun making an apology came after members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle gathered and leaked documents that demonstrated that A-Rod implicated Braun and other players in using banned performance enhancing drugs. The report was however denied by Rodriguez and his lawyer.

Braun may have to face many legal issues, including a filed suit by his longtime friend for defamation. Ralph Sasson accused Braun of doping through his years at the University of Miami, committing academic fraud, and accepting money while being a student. Sasson charged that Ryan Braun defamed him after he provided help in his successful appeal of the positive steroid test of Braun in 2011.

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Sunday 01, Sep 2013

Steven Andrus Accepts Sanction For Doping, Cyclist Cesar Lopez Suspended

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Steven Andrus Accepts Sanction For Doping, Cyclist Cesar Lopez Suspended

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has suspended wrestler Steven Andrus for one year for doping violation. The 22-year-old wrestler from Michigan tested positive for a marijuana metabolite (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) and amphetamine in the class of non-specified stimulants as the result of a sample collected on April 21, 2012 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa. Andrus revealed that the amphetamine came from an ADHD medication but was not granted approval for using the medication during competition.

Both substances are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) Anti-Doping Rules and both of which have adopted the WADA code and the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List.

A one-year period of ineligibility was accepted by Andrus that started on May 25, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional sanction. He has been disqualified (including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes) from his competitive results achieved on and subsequent to April 21, 2012, the day he offered his sample.

Andrus was placed second at the 2012 United States Olympic Team Trials in the 120 kg/264.5 pounds Greco-Roman division at Carver-Hawkeye Arena after being selected as a wildcard. The Michigan State Spartan junior received one of two wildcard selections to compete in the United States Olympic Team Trials. The wrestler qualified for his first career trip to the NCAA Championships this past season and finished with a 24-16 record for Michigan State University and considered one of the strongest Greco-Roman wrestlers in the country. However, Andrus fell to 2008 Olympian Dremiel Byers of the U.S. Army in the championship match to end the chances of Andrus to make the 2012 London Olympic roster and the wrestler finished second at the Trials after being invited as a wildcard and proved his talent in Greco-Roman wrestling. He qualified for the 2011 Pan American Championships in Rionegro, Colombia last summer but withdrew from the tournament due to injury. In summer 2010, Andrus won both the FILA Junior Greco-Roman National Championships and the FILA Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Budapest, Hungary.

In another development, the USADA has suspended cyclist Cesar Lopez for three months after he was found doping. The 18-year-old Lopez, from El Paso, Texas, tested positive to marijuana in a sample collected on July 13 at the Junior Track Nationals in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. Lopez tested positive for carboxy-THC, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids that are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. A three-month period of ineligibility that started on August 2, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional sanction and he has been disqualified from his competitive results achieved on July 13, 2012, the day his sample was collected, through and including August 30, 2012, the date he completed the doping education program, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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