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Wednesday 05, Sep 2012

  Support Pouring In From All Quarters For Lance Armstrong

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Support Pouring In From All Quarters For Lance Armstrong – Cliff Notes
 

lance armstronAfter seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of all his titles, support for the cyclist and his cancer foundation increased in numbers.

In Montreal, hundreds of people came out in support of Lance Armstrong and chugged up Mont Royal with the cyclist in a fast-paced training run. Many of the runners said they support him, regardless of the controversies, and added that Armstrong is an inspiration for those fighting against cancer and they truly lauded him for his successful charitable foundation.

Oakley, a longtime supporter and partner of the cyclist, said the decision of Lance is taken in high esteem. He has been an inspiration to many and Oakley will continue to support The Lance Armstrong Foundation. A company that makes natural supplements with quercetin, FRS, said it supports the cyclist and his commitment in increasing awareness and his fight against cancer and the company is proud to be associated with his Livestrong Foundation.

Lance Armstrong cancer speech days after titles stripped – Video

Shoe-giant Nike said the company is disappointed that Lance Armstrong would not be participating in competitions but said it would continue to support the cyclist and his foundation that serves cancer survivors. Sporting KC soccer club CEO Robb Heineman said the club believes strongly in mission of the Livestrong Foundation and it truly appreciates the statement from the Lance Armstrong Foundation for continuing the fight against cancer. Johnson Health Tech that makes a line of fitness equipment with name of Armstrong’s foundation on it said the company reaffirms its support of Armstrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation as they work tirelessly for supporting people and families affected by cancer, especially those in undeserved communities.

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds also came to the defense of Armstrong and said he has great respect for the cyclist and what all he has done for the sport. “I think if it wasn’t for him, U.S. cycling wouldn’t even be here,” Bonds said. “He was the greatest cyclist of all.”

In another development, twenty-three California state senators are asking two U.S. senators from the state to request a Congressional review of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the wake of Armstrong sanctions. In a letter sent to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), it was written that the U.S. Anti-doping Agency receives a majority of funds from taxpayer dollars through the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. The lawmakers demanded that the two senators should call upon the appropriate oversight committees of the United States Congress for developing appropriate constitutional protections and conducting a comprehensive review of USADA’s operations and finances. It was also demanded that special attention must be paid to unilateral changes by USADA in rules for dealing with athletes who have never failed a drug test.

Armstrong is the only athlete to face doping charges by the anti-doping agency despite the lack of a confirmed positive drug test and the cyclist recently declined to go to arbitration to fight charges made by USADA against him saying the process followed by it was unconstitutional.

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Saturday 28, Jul 2012

  Jason Giambi Placed On 15-Day Disabled List

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Jason Giambi has been put by the Colorado Rockies on the disabled list after he was found suffering from viral syndrome. The placement of Giambi is retro-active to July 21st on the disabled list.

This season, the 41-year-old has batted .241 (19-for-79) with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 7 runs and 17 walks in 47 games for Colorado Rockies and has been a member of the team since September 2009. The West Covina, California native has batted .251 (103-for-410) with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 48 runs and 76 walks in 217 games with the Rockies and is a ) career hitter with 395 doubles, 429 home runs, 1,405 RBI, 1,203 runs scored and 1,331 walks in 2,150 career games with Oakland (1995-2001, 2009), the New York Yankees (2002-08) and Colorado (2009-2012).

 Scott Miller: Giambi and MLB

 

The American professional baseball first baseman with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball was born on January 8, 1971 and was the American League MVP in 2000 while with the Oakland Athletics.

He was named one of the Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes by Men’s Fitness. In the year 1992, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round in 1992 and spent the 1993 season playing for the Modesto A’s, the Oakland Athletics’ single A farm team. In 1995, Jason Giambi made his major league debut in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics and led the team in 1998 with 27 home runs, 110 RBIs, and a .295 batting average.

Jason signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the New York Yankees on December 13, 2001. Giambi hit his 300th career home run off of Esteban Yan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 31, 2005 and ended the 2005 season leading the major leagues in walk percentage (20.6%) and leading the American League in walks for the 4th time in his career (109), and in OBP for the 3rd time in his career (.440, as well as in fly ball percentage (47.7%).

In 2003, the baseball player admitted before a federal grand jury in 2003 that he used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to transcripts of testimony.

The former American League MVP told the grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids case that he made use of anabolic steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds. He described the products received from Anderson “undetectable” steroids known as “the clear” and “the cream” and added he injected human growth hormone into his stomach and testosterone into his buttocks.

“The clear” is a liquid drug that is administered under the tongue a few drops at a time while “The cream” is a testosterone-based balm rubbed onto the body. Anderson described “the cream” and “the clear” as “an alternative to steroids, but it doesn’t show on a steroid test,” Giambi said. Jason Giambi also apologized for using performance enhancing drugs his career. Jason’s younger brother Jeremy, a former Oakland outfielder, also told the grand jury that he injected banned drugs received from Anderson.

 

 

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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

Friday 11, May 2012

  Steroid users may find place in Baseball Hall of Fame

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If recent reports are to be believed, the Baseball Hall of Fame will very soon feature some of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the game who were using or accused of using steroids.

The admission of these players seemed inevitable from the start as ignoring the most dominant pitchers like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would have left the Hall of Fame almost empty and meaningless.

Bonds and Clemens were two players who brought baseball back into the national forefront in 1990s that was far more impressive than their career home run totals.

Tuesday 10, Apr 2012

  Hall of Fame offers drug education

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A drug education program will be started by the Baseball Hall of Fame for students and young adults. The program will commence in the same year when Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa will appear on ballot for the first time after left with tainted careers by steroid accusations.

“It is not intended to cast a directive to voters about Hall of Fame worthy candidates,” shrine president Jeff Idelson said.

Hall of Fame voting has been a part of this nation’s fabric since 1936, and has touted the virtues of character, sportsmanship and integrity, along with the contributions to the game, as integral qualifications for earning election,” Idelson said.

Tuesday 07, Feb 2012

  Bonds sentenced to probation

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The former baseball slugger, Barry Bonds, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to two years probation, with no prison time.

Bonds received the sentence in a San Francisco federal court for his conviction on a single criminal count related to an investigation over steroids use in sports.

Other baseball stars tainted by the doping scandal include sluggers like Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire and pitcher Roger Clemens.

Tuesday 31, Jan 2012

  Hall voters to be consumed by steroids era

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Barry Larkin, still glowing over his election to the Hall of Fame, was asked about next year’s sure-to-be-controversial vote: the first appearances of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa on the Cooperstown ballot.

“All I know is playing and competing against some of these guys, they’re the best — period,” he said.

“I’m not going to vote for any of the people that are linked to steroids. I could change down the road, but that’s the real strong feeling I have now,” said Hal Bodley of MLB.com, the former lead baseball writer for USA Today.

Sunday 22, Jan 2012

  Prison time for Barry Bonds wanted by prosecutors

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According to a sentencing memo filed in court, federal prosecutors want baseball legend Barry Bonds to serve 15 months in prison for his obstruction of justice conviction.

Defense lawyers argued in their filing that the judge should accept recommendation of the probation office that the ex-baseball player be sentenced to two years probation, fined $4,000, and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

“Because Bonds’s efforts were a corrupt, intentional effort to interfere with that mission, a sentence of 15 months imprisonment is appropriate,” the prosecution said in its memo to U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.

Thursday 19, Jan 2012

  Charges against Bonds dropped

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Days after a judge upheld conviction of the slugger on an obstruction of justice count, federal prosecutors have dropped all the remaining charges against Barry Bonds.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston was informed by via filed papers from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco that it was dismissing the three charges of making false statements still pending against Major League Baseball‘s all-time home runs leader.

Allen Ruby, the lawyer of Bonds, refused to discuss whether Bonds intended to appeal the obstruction conviction.

Saturday 15, Oct 2011

  Mistrial in Clemens case declared by Judge

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The perjury trial of former baseball star Roger Clemens ended in a mistrial the judge blamed on prosecutors and said a “first-year law student” would have known to avoid.

The question of a new trial up in the air was left by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton.

Walton called a halt to the trial under way after prosecutors showed jurors evidence that he had ruled out videotaped revelations that a teammate had said he did told his wife Clemens confessed to using a drug.

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