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Wednesday 15, Mar 2017

  Ben Rothwell Flagged By USADA For Potential Doping Violation

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Ben Rothwell, the American mixed martial artist who competes as a Heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC announced the 35-year-old Rothwell is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation stemming from a Feb. 6 sample collection. The UFC and USADA do not disclose the substance-in-question until the completion of the adjudication process unless the athlete decides to divulge it first.

Rothwell was expected to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas. A Wisconsin native, Rothwell was on a four-fight winning streak before he lost via unanimous decision to Junior dos Santos in April 2016. The fighter was expected to meet Werdum last September, but withdrew due to injury.

In a statement, Rothwell remarked that he would like to take this time to let everyone know that he had been under the care of a physician and trying to overcome a medical illness. Rothwell (36-10) added he would appreciate the chance to show that he had not cheated nor did he intend to cheat. The American mixed martial artist also asked people to hold their opinions of him until all the facts are out and added he would appreciate everyone’s support as he goes through the process with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

In 2013, Rothwell was suspended by the UFC for a period of nine months for elevated testosterone levels stemming from an in-competition sample collected in relation to his UFC 164 fight with Brandon Vera. At the time, Rothwell was a user of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) but tested for levels outside the threshold despite having a valid therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the bout. However, Rothwell was not suspended by the Wisconsin Athletic Commission.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency will take into account details of the first failed drug test during its adjudication process to determine sanction length.

Recently, a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) was granted to Cris Cyborg after she was flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation back in December.

Ben Rothwell is best known for competing for the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the International Fight League where he held an undefeated 9–0 record before leaving the promotion because of a contract dispute. The #5 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings, Rothwell has also had one-fight stints in Affliction, M-1 Global, and King of the Cage. In early 2001, Rothwell made his professional debut and won by TKO only 21 seconds into the fight. Rothwell then went on to win his next three fights, all under two minutes into the first round and all with strikes.

The fighter then faced Tim Sylvia, the future two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and fellow Miletich Fighting Systems fighter but lost. Rothwell however managed to come out of the defeat and won his next seven fights, all by submission or TKO. Rothwell made his UFC debut at UFC 104 against undefeated Cain Velasquez on October 24, 2009 and lost controversially via TKO one minute into round two as Rothwell seemed to be getting to his feet as the referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight.

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Thursday 26, May 2016

  Ken Shamrock Tests Positive For Steroids

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American mixed martial artist Ken Shamrock has reportedly tested positive for elevated testosterone at Bellator 149.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, as was 12.4:1, well above the Texas limit of 4:1. Methadone and Nandrolone were also found in system of the professional wrestler. Shamrock tested positive for the opioid Methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter while the threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.

This is not the first doping instance for Shamrock. He tested positive after his fight with Ross Clifton and received a suspension of one year.

During the course of his career, Ken Shamrock set numerous pay-per-view records with his drawing power. Widely considered to be an icon in the sport of mixed martial arts, he was named The World’s Most Dangerous Man by ABC News in a special entitled “The World’s Most Dangerous Things” in the initial days of his UFC career. Shamrock became the first UFC Superfight Champion after he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 6 and is best known for his rivalry with Royce Gracie.

Ken Shamrock also holds the distinction of being the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan when he won the title of King of Pancrase. Ranked by Inside MMA as one of the top 10 greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time, Shamrock has the distinction of being a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and the 1998 WWF King of the Ring. He is the founder of the Lion’s Den mixed martial arts training camp. During his prime, Ken Shamrock was hailed by everyone as an explosive grappler with speed, physical strength, agility, and power.

Shamrock appeared in the films Scarecrow Gone Wild, Beyond the Mat, Champions, and Virtuosity besides he appearing in That ’70s Show episode “That Wrestling Show” as Wrestler #1. He has also appeared in the video games WWE ’13 and WWE 2K16.

The rivalry of Shamrock with the Hart Foundation led to his first WWF pay-per-view main event at In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede. This was after his name was associated with a feud with Big Van Vader, Bret Hart, and The Hart Foundation throughout 1997. Shamrock challenged Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship in the main event of December’s D-Generation X: In Your House and defeated Michaels by disqualification when Triple H and Chyna interfered. Shamrock won the King of the Ring tournament in June 1998 after he defeated Jeff Jarrett in the semi-finals and WWF Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia in the final. Shamrock feuded with Owen Hart following the King of the Ring. Hart defeated Shamrock in a “Hart Family Dungeon match” at Fully Loaded and Shamrock took the revenge by defeating Hart in a “Lion’s Den match” at SummerSlam. Shamrock defeated X-Pac in the finals of an eight-man tournament to won the vacant Intercontinental Championship on October 12, 1998.

In another development, Kimbo Slice also failed post-fight drug test. Slice’s testosterone level was 6.4:1 and he also tested positive for Nandrolone.

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Friday 29, Aug 2014

  Sunset Commission To Recommend Abolishing Anabolic Steroid Testing Program

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Sunset Commission To Recommend Abolishing Anabolic Steroid Testing Program

According to a report released by the University Interscholastic League’s Anabolic Steroid Testing Program, no student-athlete at Texas public high schools tested positive for anabolic steroids during the 2013-14 school year.

Only seven of 2,633 tests conducted at 172 schools were flagged by the program as “protocol violations,” caused when a student fails to provide a specimen or has an unexcused absence. These results come just a day ahead before the Legislature’s Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is set to meet for recommending the elimination of the steroid testing program, one of four decisions expected by the panel on issues relating to the University Interscholastic League.

Nearly $10 million has been spent on the Anabolic Steroid Testing Program of the league since it was created in 2008, mandated by the passage of Senate Bill 8 in 2007. The UIL, codified in Texas Education Code 33.091, was required to conduct a random testing of a statistically significant number of high school students in this state who participate in athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the league. The program, which is funded through the Texas Education Agency, has faced cuts in each biennium since 2008, from a high of $3 million per year in 2008 to $500,000 last year.

Total Number of Tests: 2,633
2,405 boys were tested representing 10 sports
228 girls were tested representing 10 sports
172 schools were tested
Breakdown of Tests Conducted by Grade and Gender:
· 9th grade – Females: 54, Males: 539
· 10th grade – Females: 52, Males: 529
· 11th grade – Females: 52, Males: 638
· 12th grade – Females: 70, Males: 699
Breakdown of Tests Conducted by Sport:
· Male Baseball: 551
· Male Basketball: 41
· Male Cross-Country: 7
· Male Football: 1,112
· Male Golf: 4
· Male Soccer: 27
· Male Swimming: 9
· Male Tennis: 15
· Male Track & Field: 11
· Male Wrestling: 7
· Male Multi-sport: 620
· Total Males: 2,405
· Female Basketball: 30
· Female Cross-County: 10
· Female Golf: 5
· Female Soccer: 18
· Female Softball: 24
· Female Swimming: 10
· Female Tennis: 8
· Female Track & Field: 16
· Female Volleyball: 47
· Female Wrestling: 1
· Female Other: 1
· Female Multi-sport: 58
· Total Females: 228
Note: A multisport athlete will be represented more than once in this list. Therefore, the individual sport numbers will differ from the total number of athletes tested.
· Total Number of Positives: 0
· Total Number of Inconclusive Endogenous Records: 10
· Total Number of Protocol Positives: 7

The Anabolic Steroid Testing program has not been able to meet its mandate of performing a “statistically significant” number of tests because of the funding cut, according to an August 2014 Sunset staff report. According to the Sunset report, the cost of expanding both the number of tests administered and the types of drugs screened could cost between $4.1 million to $5.7 million per year. During the program’s entire history, only 197 students (out of 65,525 tests performed) generated a positive test result or committed a protocol violation.

In a press release, the UIL said the University Interscholastic League Anabolic Steroid Testing Report (for the 2013-14 school year) has been released by the UIL. The statistical report of the testing program that took place between September 2013 and May 2014 includes information such as the total number of tests conducted, the number of positive results and the breakdown of student-athletes tested by sport and gender. It was added that there were zero (0) confirmed positive results, 10 inconclusive endogenous records, and seven (7) protocol violations of the 2,633 tests conducted, for an unexcused absence at the time the test was administered. An inconclusive endogenous record denotes an elevated Testosterone amount in the body with an inability to determine if the amount was naturally or unnaturally produced.

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Saturday 27, Jul 2013

  Ryan Braun Suspended Without Pay

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Ryan Braun Suspended Without Pay

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun, a former National League MVP, has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season. The player later admitted that he “made mistakes” in violating Major League Baseball’s drug policies.

The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the post-season after being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs. A 65-game ban, 15 games more than the one he avoided last year was accepted by Braun. Last year, an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.

In another development, Matt Kemp who finished second behind Braun in the race for the 2011 National League MVP Award wants Ryan Braun stripped of NL MVP award following drug suspension. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said the suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger should be stripped of the honor and said people feel “betrayed” by Braun.

After the suspension news broke out, Braun said he is not perfect and realize now he has made some mistakes. He also remarked that he is willing to accept the consequences of those actions. Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said for these guys still to be involved with this stuff just baffles him and added that the education is there and everybody knows what you can and can’t take. Redmond said it baffles him that this continues to be a black cloud over the game and said he knows that Major League Baseball has done a great job of cleaning up the game and the testing policy and all that and it’s working. But he added that at the same time, too, it seems like we’ll go through a lull and then, bam, here comes another guy that gets suspended and it’s got to stop.

In January this year, Miami New Times reported that Braun, injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and more than a dozen players were connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced the penalty for Braun citing the outfielder for unspecified “violations” of both baseball’s drug program and labor contract. The 29-year-old Braun was hitting .298 with nine homers and 38 RBIs this year and will miss the Milwaukee Brewers’ final 65 games without pay, costing him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin said he is disappointed as Braun is a very important player to our organization and to the ballclub and to our performance on the field. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice-president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement, we commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions and added that we all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. He added we look forward when Ryan returns to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.

Other players tied to Biogenesis in media reports include Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero.

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