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Thursday 31, Oct 2013

Manfred Testimony Should Be Released, Says Lawyer Of A-Rod

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Joseph Tacopina, one of Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers against Major League Baseball for his suspension of 2011 games, has asked MLB to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig was aware that Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.

Baseball’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, recently testified during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension. It is rumored that Manfred testified that baseball was not interested whether Bosch, the owner of now-closed Biogenesis clinic, distributed performance enhancing drugs to minors because the interest of MLB was his relationship with players under investigation. Manfred remarked the focus of his organization was on whether players violated the sport’s drug agreement or labor contract and he added that said MLB had been a leader in preventing steroid abuse by youth.

According to rumors, the legal team of Rodriguez is trying to show that evidence linked to Biogenesis investigation was purchased at a point in time when it couldn’t be used to obstruct the investigation by MLB. Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said the stuff that was bought has nothing to do with the arbitration process and obstruction. MLB suspended Rodriguez 50 games for a first violation, 100 for a second, and 61 for obstruction. In a tortuous interference lawsuit filed earlier this month, the lawyers of Alex Rodriguez claimed that MLB investigators have bullied witnesses and engaged in a “witch hunt” during their probe. In the past, Rodriguez’s representatives have repeatedly denied allegations in some newspapers that the baseball star and his representatives purchased Bosch’s notebooks and other Biogenesis documents.

Last summer, MLB suspended 13 players after an investigation of Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. On August 5 this year, Alex Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty of 211 games and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 and 600 home runs and has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

In a statement, Tacopina said while Manfred has violated the confidentiality requirements of the collective bargaining agreement by making reference to his testimony, we choose to live up to our obligations. He added Manfred knows that he has not accurately described his testimony and we therefore call on him to put forward his full testimony at the hearing about his and commissioner Selig’s knowledge of, and relative regard for, Bosch’s dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors at the time MLB struck its cooperation and indemnity deal with Bosch.

Meanwhile, baseball’s chief operating officer blamed those on side of Rodriguez for the release of information from the hearing. Manfred said there have been numerous and ongoing leaks from Tacopina and other members of the Rodriguez camp and we have made limited responses to correct the inaccuracies that have been put out by those associated with Rodriguez. He went on to add that it is ironic that Tacopina would have the temerity to complain about breaches of the confidentiality agreement.


Tuesday 29, Oct 2013

Team Sport Athletes Less Likely To Use PEDs

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Team Sport Athletes Less Likely To Use PEDs

Scottish doping experts have remarked that athletes who are part of a team are less likely to get tempted to use performance enhancing drugs compared to those in individual sports.

The study was led by Dr Paul Dimeo, senior lecturer in sports policy at Stirling University, who investigated if the environment of team sports provided protection from the risk of doping when compared to individual sports’ athletes. This study is published just weeks after Scottish rugby player Sam Chalmers was banned for two years after he was found using anabolic steroids. This study compared the responses of 200 Scottish athletes competing in team, individual, and hybrid sports and was commissioned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

Dr Dimeo said it emerged that the team environment and the sense of belonging to a ‘team’ of some description protects athletes as they fear both the shame of being caught and banned as well as the likely social marginalization that would follow. He added that we also found that there was a perceived distinction between individual and team sports with regard to the pressures influencing athletes to dope, particularly in terms of the influence or otherwise of a coach.

Dr Dimeo added that there was a risk of Scottish athletes unknowingly taking banned performance enhancing drugs due to absence of education and knowledge. He remarked what we found from carrying out research is that many athletes are unaware of what they are taking into their bodies and added a lot of people think that anabolic steroids equal muscles and that’s the only banned substance, but there are several different ways to violate the WADA code like medicine used for asthma can sometimes be a problem. WADA President John Fahey said this study has been very insightful in offering explanations as to why athletes chose different paths.

In another development, Professor of ethics Julian Savulescu, from the University of Oxford, while debating whether athletes should be allowed to use performance enhancing drugs, remarked use of steroids should be regulated rather than imposing a ban. Savulescu said regulation can improve safety and added we should assess each substance on an individual basis and set enforceable, fair, and safe physiological limits. He went on to add that over time the rules of the sport have evolved and they must evolve as humans and their technology evolve and the rules begin to create more problems than they solve. Julian Savulescu added that it is time to rethink the absolute ban and instead to pick limits that are safe and enforceable.

However, hospital doctors Leon Creaney and Anna Vondy disagreed and remarked athletes who wanted to live a healthy existence would be pushed out altogether. They wrote that the argument against doping in sport is moral, not medical and if doping is allowed, the only competition that would matter would be the one to develop the most powerful drugs, and athletic opponents would enter into an exchange of ever escalating doses to stay ahead of each other. They also warned that we might see a return of the state sponsored doping programs of the 70s and 80s in some countries.

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Sunday 27, Oct 2013

BHA Looks Ahead To IFHA Debate

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BHA Looks Ahead To IFHA Debate

Paul Bittar, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has outlined his hopes with the sessions at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

In May this year, the BHA wrote to the IFHA and sought its support for promoting international harmonization amongst all racing nations regarding anabolic steroids. The existence of inconsistencies among racing authorities had been highlighted following finding by BHA of prohibited substances in horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni who was later banned for eight years.

The BHA chief executive expressed support for introducing a minimum standard across racing nations and the commitment of British Racing to exceeding that minimum standard wherever possible. Bittar said the BHA strongly believes that there is a need to establish a minimum international standard relating to the use of anabolic steroids in horseracing and we welcome the opportunity for this to be discussed in detail amongst major racing nations. He added with horseracing subject to increasing levels of international competition, it is in the interests of the sport globally to develop a position which provides a level playing field for all participants. Bittar added that announcements regarding changes by the authorities in Dubai and, more recently, Australia, and New Zealand are welcome and have added momentum to the debate.

Bittar added the events of this year, together with the inconsistencies that exist across racing nations, have made it apparent that the control and regulation of the use of anabolic steroids in racing is a complex issue. The BHA chief executive added that our initial objective is to support the IFHA in producing a minimum standard all racing authorities could sign up to. He went on to remark however, subsequent to the conference the BHA intends to continue work on establishing a revised position that is relevant for British Racing and comprised of effective and enforceable measures. Bittar also remarked it is anticipated that this position will exceed the minimum standard in several areas and any amendments to our Rules will provide for the implementation and enforcement of the minimum standard. He also said we anticipate this process, including all necessary consultation, will be completed early in 2014.

Bittar recently remarked that BHA will investigate whether it will be able to follow the lead set by the Australian Racing Board and introduce a blanket ban on the use of anabolic steroids in horses, both in and out of competition. Peter McGauran, the chief executive of Australian Racing Board, had remarked that the ban on anabolic steroids goes far beyond any other racing jurisdiction outside Europe and was decided by the ARB after lengthy consideration of veterinary and scientific advice and consultation with trainers’ and owners’ associations. He added the ARB has adopted a zero tolerance policy to the use of anabolic steroids in competition, training and spelling [pre-training] and will institute heavy penalties for breaches of the ban. In response, Bittar said he was hopeful that the Zarooni scandal could bring about some movement towards harmonization but he wasn’t expecting Australia to go that far, that quickly.

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Friday 25, Oct 2013

Drugs And Crime Led To Fall Of Adam Braidwood

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Drugs And Crime Led To Fall Of Adam Braidwood

Adam Braidwood, a former member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and MMA fighter, is struggling big time these days after abusing painkillers and street drugs.

The first overall CFL draft pick in 2006 is believed to have started using anabolic androgenic steroids when Eskimos decided to move him from a defensive end position to a tackle position. Braidwood became the first player in B.C. history to commit to an NCAA Division I school before his senior year after he gave a verbal commitment to Washington State.

The 29-year-old Braidwood was recently sentenced to a prison term of three years for forcible confinement. Braidwood pleaded guilty to the charge in a Stony Plain courtroom. In November 2010 before the Grey Cup was played in Edmonton, he was charged after witnesses reported seeing several men forcing a man into the trunk of a car in southeast Spruce Grove just after 5:30 a.m.

The sentence of three years will not mean more jail time for the defensive lineman who started his Canadian Football League career in 2006 as it will be served concurrently with a sentence of 4 1/2 years that Braidwood is already serving for sexual assault. This case pertains to a prolonged, violent argument involving Adam Braidwood with a girlfriend in their Edmonton home. The six-foot-four Braidwood entered the bathroom where the woman locked herself in and then took a pistol from their room, put one bullet in the chamber, spun it, and pulled the trigger but the gun did not fire and Braidwood then sexually assaulted her.

The once talented CFL rookie is now an accused criminal and his friends find it hard to believe. Former Edmonton Eskimos teammate A.J. Gass remarked there is a lot of potential there lost with Adam and it was lost piece by piece. He added it wasn’t just one day he decided to flip a switch and started to make bad decisions. Gass, a former CFL linebacker who spent his entire career with the Eskimos, said he understands the mental and physical toll that recovering from a knee injury can take on a professional athlete. He also remarked he blew both his knees out in back-to-back years and so he kind of knew what he was going through and added it’s devastating, and physically, you go straight downhill.

Former Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, said Braidwood looked like the real deal – someone that was going to play in the CFL for a number of years and make a name for himself.

After being charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault involving an injured 20-year-old Stony Plain man, Braidwood was arrested again just weeks later – this time for an unrelated incident in Edmonton on December 2, 2010 and faced new charges of sexual assault, assault, threats and several other firearms related offences. Braidwood by January 2010 had been released on bail, subject to strict conditions, including an order to take addictions counseling. But he didn’t decided to learn for the good and was arrested again for the third time, along the route of the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Braidwood  was allegedly carrying a gun and suffering from a non-life-threatening, self-inflicted wound and was again charged with several firearms-related offences.

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Wednesday 23, Oct 2013

Bolt Could Face Olympic Ban

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Bolt Could Face Olympic Ban

According to Daily Telegraph, Jamaica’s athletes, including sprint star Usain Bolt, may be banned from major events such as the Olympics because of the island’s handling of recent drug scandals.

In an interview with Daily Telegraph, World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey accused the island country of “farcical” behavior in its efforts for deferring an extraordinary audit of its anti-doping program until next year. This followed an invitation to the anti-doping agency by the Prime Minister of Jamaica for investigating revelations from the former executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Renee Anne Shirley, that Jamaica conducted no drug tests in the five months leading up to London Olympics. To add salt to the wounds, anti-doping chiefs were infuriated by the suggestion of JADCO that they would talk to the World Anti-Doping Agency next year.

David Howman, director general at WADA, was all set to lead an audit of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission over allegations that JADCO conducted no drug tests in the months leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Fahey was “infuriated” as JADCO would have plenty of time to cover up whatever they need to cover up by avoiding an investigation until 2014. Fahey remarked the current position is unacceptable to WADA and we’re not going to take it lying down, their suggestion that they’ll talk to us next year. The WADA chief added that to suggest to WADA they’re not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it’s totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame. When asked if Jamaica would be declared ‘non-compliant’, Fahey said that there are a number of options. The WADA chief added one can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean but he doesn’t want to flag it up.

If Jamaica is deemed to be non-compliant with the WADA code, athletes of the country could be banned from major competitions until the situation is resolved and the list of banned athletes may include Usain Bolt. Bolt has never even been linked to performance enhancing drugs. Fahey warned JADCO that it must fix up to meet international standards or see their athletes banned from the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This would mean the exclusion of the likes of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Yohan Blake from Rio 2016 and the ban would also include the 2015 Beijing IAAF World Championships.

In the last few months, some of the most reputed athletes from Jamaica have been accused of using banned drugs. Drug tests were failed by former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 meters Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, and London Games 4×100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson.

The international media is guilty of ‘sensationalizing’ the issue of doping in the country, said Glen Mills, who coaches Bolt and former world champion Yohan Blake. Mills added they target Jamaica because of its success and there is no doubt about it. He added nobody wants to see Jamaica continue its dominance of sprinting at the world level and added one has to question the balance of their reporting. The coach went on to add that he had read some terrible articles written about Jamaica and read some terrible articles trying to insinuate that Usain Bolt’s success is false because of all of this. Glen Mills also remarked that we have had some adverse analytical findings for stimulants and those other things, but there are so many cases of steroid use in other countries in the past couple of months, yet there is no sensationalizing around those countries or athletes.

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Monday 21, Oct 2013

Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

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Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

According to latest rumors, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and his representatives confirmed during sworn testimony that Rodriguez forked over the $305,000 for purchasing ‘various forms of evidence,’ including videotapes, documents, and affidavits that may have incriminated him or that would be used in his defense in an arbitration or court proceeding.

A person familiar with the arbitration proceedings at baseball’s Park Avenue offices has revealed that Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence involved in the Major League Baseball’s investigation linking him to multiple violations of the league’s collectively bargained drug agreement. A-Rod was suspended by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for 211 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

The admission came as documents were submitted to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who will decide whether the suspension of A-Rod will stand, be reduced or thrown out. Legal team of the baseball superstar, led by criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina, has accused Major League Baseball in the press of conducting a “witch hunt” in its investigation and of paying for evidence. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred had acknowledged paying $125,000 for documents related to the investigation of Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that MLB’s actions were perfectly legal. Manfred added that there is nothing wrong with purchasing documents in an investigation and the MLB did it in the course of trying to see if it had players using performance enhancing drugs in violation of our agreement.

Alex Rodriguez has been facing many legal hurdles in the recent past and recently filed a medical malpractice suit against Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In the malpractice suit, Alex Rodriguez has claimed that Ahmad did not properly diagnose his left hip injury during last year’s playoffs. It was further alleged in the suit that Ahmad did not disclose to Rodriguez the MRI results on the left hip and states that after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, (Ahmad) had diagnosed Plaintiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the (2012) season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.

In another development Dan Mullin, who led the investigation of Alex Rodriguez and his alleged association with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, has denied that he was never the target of any probe when he was involved in a money laundering/prostitution case during the mid-‘90s. Mullin remarked he was transferred to be the head of Staten Island detective operations, which is in charge of all the detectives on Staten Island, a prestigious spot. Daniel Castleman, who was the long-time chief of investigations in the Manhattan DA’s office, said Dan Mullin was never under investigation in the case and served with distinction and honor throughout his career. Michael Tiffany, a retired NYPD assistant chief who worked with Mullin for many years, said MLB is very fortunate to have Dan and added Mullin didn’t have evidence against A-Rod, he would never say that he had a case against him and he’s not going to create something or manufacture evidence.

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Saturday 19, Oct 2013

Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

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Jamaica Has Never Carried Out A Blood Test, Claims ex-JADCO Chief

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has never conducted a blood test, according to Renee Anne Shirley, the former head of JADCO. She also remarked the anti-doping body is so short-staffed that it risks botching the prosecution of country’s sport drug cheats.

The claims of JADCO’s executive director from July 2012 until February this year have already sparked an outcry and the World Anti-Doping Agency has initiated an investigation into the anti-doping program of Jamaica. This was after Shirley claimed that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission carried out just one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. She also claimed that blood-testing kits that were delivered during her tenure at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission have never been used.

Renee Anne Shirley remarked that athletes of the country were subjected only to urine tests by JADCO despite the fact that blood testing is the only way for detecting the presence of human growth hormone (HGH). Her comments have infuriated many who have accused her of tarnishing the international reputation of Jamaica with her accusations made public.

Shirley said we have a number of doping positives which are going to need to be managed because JADCO has to manage the results process and put the cases together to go to the hearings. She added her concern is that the staff is not in place to do this job and nobody is addressing this issue and this process must be managed and cases have to be put together with witness statements. The ex-JADCO head said we can’t afford for people in Jamaica to get off on a technicality because there was some breach in the processing of the paperwork. She went on to add that the Asafa Powell situation is also compounded by the criminal investigation that was going on in Italy and the details of the case are going to have to come forward and it’s going to have to be rigorously handled. She added JADCO on the legal side is going to have to present a case – what was found, all the details – and it needs to stand scrutiny in the eyes of the world because everybody’s going to be watching.

In response to Shirley’s serious allegations, WADA said it will visit the island country in January for carrying out an “extraordinary” audit of the activities of JADCO. Herb Elliot, the JADCO chairman, doubted the authenticity and accuracy of her claims and described Shirley as “demented” and “a Judas”.

In the last few months, Jamaican athletes have come under close scrutiny and many have been suspended for using banned substances. Last month, Jamaican international footballer Jermaine Hue was banned for nine months after he tested positive for a steroid while star track and field athletes Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for stimulants. Three-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was among six track and field athletes who failed anti-doping tests. Olympic taekwondo player Kenneth Edwards became the eighth Jamaican athlete a few days back to test positive this year when he failed a drug test for a banned diuretic.

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Thursday 17, Oct 2013

Cultural Shift In Cycling Hailed By Tygart

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Cultural Shift In Cycling Hailed By Tygart

USADA chief Travis Tygart has remarked he is happy with the cultural shift in cycling in the wake of the fall of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong from grace.

Tygart remarked there is still more to do but we are now getting awfully close to dismantling the system that allowed this to happen and added that clean athletes have more chance in cycling to be successful than they ever have. The USADA chief went on to say that ultimately it’s the riders’ culture and they have to embrace it to keep it clean and there will always be a few who try to gain an unfair advantage, but right now, the majority have an opportunity to be successful, not to have to leave the sport, but to be in a position to win without having to cheat with performance enhancing drugs, that is a significant cultural shift. Travis Tygart added clean cyclists can have renewed hope that their rights will be upheld and a culture of integrity will be embraced and the fact that the president who oversaw the sport during this dirty, corrupt period is gone — and said he thinks this is a huge victory for clean athletes.

Tygart, the chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, says he believes clean cyclists now have a better chance of continuing successful careers than ever before. USADA brought down one of the most successful and powerful men in the world of cycling and provided a wide range of evidence including different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence. USADA accused Armstrong and the US Postal cycling team of running the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. The US Anti-Doping Agency revealed that USPS Team doping conspiracy was designed professionally for grooming and pressurizing cyclists to make use of dangerous drugs and evade detection. It was also designed in such a way that cyclists can ensure secrecy of the conspiracy and gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency was supported by many of the former teammates of Lance Armstrong (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie). USADA gave Armstrong the opportunity to tell the entire truth but he decided to exercise his legal right not to contest the evidence, which meant that he was banned for life and his competitive results from 1998 onwards were disqualified.

The downfall of Armstrong is attributed by many as one of the biggest reasons behind the ouster of ex-UCI president Pat McQuaid who was recently defeated by Britain’s Brian Cookson in the UCI presidential elections. It was alleged in cycling circles that McQuaid and his predecessor defended the doping practices of Lance Armstrong by hiding his positive test results and they were even accused of taking cash from the cyclist to cover up the tests, an allegation which is denied by both former UCI presidents.

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Tuesday 15, Oct 2013

Essendon Players Not To Be Charged Immediately

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Essendon Players Not To Be Charged Immediately

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the Federal government have told the Australian Football League (AFL) that ASADA has no immediate plans to start processing doping charges against Essendon players.

However, it is believed that there still seems to be a possibility of infraction notices sent to individual players with the joint investigation by AFL-ASADA into possible use of performance enhancing drugs at Essendon. In another development, AFL chief Andrew Demetriou says he has no knowledge of imminent bans for Essendon players and officials, but he cannot rule them out. Demetriou also hinted that there is a possibility of sanctions hanging over Essendon for all of next season and possibly longer.

Essendon interim CEO Ray Gunston refuted claims that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has plans of putting up infraction notices against players and club officials that could result in lifetime bans from all sport. Gunston said the club understands that there is no factual basis to the story in relation to the issuing of infraction notices at this point in time. An ASADA spokesman said the anti-doping agency is aware of a media report speculating on the issuing of infraction notices in the AFL and it is important to note that under its legislation ASADA is unable to provide specific comments on individual investigations to protect the integrity of the investigation as well as individuals.

Australian Sport Minister Peter Dutton remarked as a general rule ASADA have extensive powers and they will exercise those powers where they see fit and if people have done the wrong thing they will impose bans, they will make sure they investigate matters properly and that’s appropriate.

Coach Tim Sheens when asked if he is concerned the ASADA investigation could potentially derail the World Cup campaign of the Kangaroos said you never get ahead of yourself in this business, so it’s about playing football with the team we’ve picked and if something happens we’ll consider what happens at that point. He added all you do is to prepare well to play football and that’s his role and the team’s role.

Meanwhile, Australian Rugby League commission chairman John Grant has revealed contingency plans are in place in case any of the Kangaroos’ players receive infraction notices resulting from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation during the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Grant confirmed all interviews with NRL players and relevant officials have been completed and remarked we’ll take whatever actions from a Commission point of view that are appropriate. He added if in fact there is a situation that does come where there’s an infraction notice issued against a player that’s in the squad, there’s a process within the Rugby League World Cup rules whereby a nation can apply to have a replacement but that’s to be determined at that time.

It is widely believed that Essendon doctor Bruce Reid may escape an infraction notice. A report appearing in The Australian suggested that Reid would be cleared of all charges and face no penalty for his role in failing to prevent Essendon players being exposed to health risks and, potentially, anti-doping violations through the injection of exotic supplements.

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Sunday 13, Oct 2013

A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

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A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is trying every book in the trick to get his 211-game suspension behind him. The baseball star and his lawyers have presented a case which is partly based on the idea that the baseball’s highest-paid star procured substances from the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic assuming they were innocent legal supplements.

Meanwhile, Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s publicist, said we cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true.

In August this year, A-Rod was suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig after it was found that Yankees’ star bought banned performance enhancing drugs from the Miami clinic and even tried to intervene in investigations. His recent claims conflict with those of Anthony Bosch, the founder and proprietor of Biogenesis. Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB and has already validated a wide range of documents and electronic communications with Alex Rodriguez. The MLB believes that A-Rod is now finding ‘ways’ to get the ban turned down and argues that why where the transactions kept so secretive and the cost of products were so high if Biogenesis products were legitimate.

Rodriguez’s attorneys are likely to attack the credibility of Bosch and may point that he was paid for providing evidence to MLB and was offered to being dropped from the probe if he extended cooperation to MLB. It is also believed that they may pinpoint that Bosch is the subject of many federal and state criminal investigations in Florida and the Florida Department of Health even fined him $5,000 for holding himself out as a doctor.

A-Rod was among 14 players penalized by the Major League Baseball for violating the anti-doping policy. Some of the other suspended included outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas, Ryan Braun, and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Braun accepted a ban of 65 games while 12 other players accepted a punishment of 50 games without waging an appeal. If A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, it will be the longest non-lifetime suspension in the history of baseball.

Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs and the youngest to hit 600 home runs.

Hispanics Across America, a non-profit group involved in political issues, is extending its support for Rodriguez and distributed white T-shirts with Rodriguez’s No. 13. Fernando Mateo, the organization’s founder, said we support A-Rod and want to send a very clear message to Major League Baseball. Mateo remarked MLB commissioner Selig is pursuing Rodriguez out of concerns for his legacy as he is retiring after next season and added we are not going to allow them to suspend A-Rod for 211 games, take his head and put it in the living room of Bud Selig’s apartment so that he can use that as a trophy as he’s going out.

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