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Saturday 17, Oct 2009

  Steroids in Sports

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Steroids in SportsSince the late 1980s, many athletes have been linked to steroids and PEDs use. Perhaps, baseball is the sport with the greatest steroid controversies. Some of the biggest and greatest names in baseball have been linked to steroids use, especially in the BALCO scandal.

The most famous being Barry Bonds, who is well known for breaking Hank Aaron’s home run record. These days, he is also known for another thing, his association with steroids. Bonds, no matter how great his records are in baseball, could never get a contract with any MLB teams and spent all his 2008 with no activity.

In 2003, Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative was accused of supplying anabolic steroids, HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs to professional players in the MLB and in US Track and Field. Some of those athletes include Jason Giambi, Bill Romanowski and Marion Jones.

Added to the BALCO scandal was the list of 104 players who failed the drug test in 2003. The list was supposed to be kept confidential until federal authorities illegally seized the list during a BALCO related search.

Regardless of the advantages it could bring to an athlete’s professional career, the side effects could not be ignored. Its life-long effect in the reputation of professional sports can also be detrimental.

Thursday 01, Oct 2009

  Mystery witness on steroids probe named

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Mystery witness on steroids probe namedThe senate hearing on dietary supplements reported a mystery witness who had first-hand experience on the effects of steroids hidden in nutritional supplements.

Jareem Gunter, a college baseball player, who dreamt of playing professionally, took a dietary supplement that he thought was safe and legal to use.

However, he just woke up one day in the hospital, with doctors telling him that he had an acute liver failure, caused by taking steroids.

He was hospitalized for weeks and his doctors warned him that the condition could come back anytime.

Pennsylvania Democrat Alan Specter raised the possibility of dietary supplements getting clearance from the government before being sold.

However, the supplement industry and Sen. Orin Hatch sponsor of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 did not agree with Specter.

According to them, additional regulation was not the solution. They said it is still up to the federal authorities to enforce the law.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is also urging the Congress to require supplements to be analyzed by a federal certified lab. Stricter reporting requirements, especially to determine the ingredients listed on the label must be implemented. The union also wants tougher penalties for offenders.

Tuesday 22, Sep 2009

  Gagne finished first complete game at the Can-Am League

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Gagne finished first complete game at the Can-Am LeagueLast Thursday, an emotional Gagne was carried by his Capitale teammates and fellow Quebecers off the field after Quebec Capitales’ triumph against the Worcester Tornadoes.

Gagne was so touched that more than 5,000 fans came to cheer him and to see his game.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Eric Serge Sagne is a former Major League Baseball player and is best known as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer.

He received numerous awards in his baseball career such as the 2003 NL TSN Pitcher of the Year, NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year for 2003 and 2004, the 2003 NL Cy Young Award, and a three-time selection for the All Star and the 2007 World Series Champion.

However, in 2007, his name came out in the controversial baseball list of players in the Mitchell Report. Since then, the multi-awarded player suffered public scrutiny, not to mention, several elbow and shoulder injuries which led to his release from the Major League in 2008.

He decided to return home to Quebec, where he signed a contract with the Quebec Capitales as a starter pitcher / coach under the independent Can-Am league.

It proved to be a correct decision, as it was like chicken soup for his soul with all those fans accepting him and screaming out his name.

His wife, Valerie, was very grateful of the support showed by her husband’s fellow Quebecers. She even wrote a thank you letter addressed to a local reporter.

Tuesday 08, Sep 2009

  Clemens’ defamation suit to continue in New York

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Clemens’ defamation suit to continue in New YorkUS District Judge Keith P. Ellison dismissed the rest of Clemens’ case last August 28, 2009. This means that the case has been dismissed in Texas and Clemens could not refile in the said state. This leaves the case to be continued in New York.

Last January 2008, Roger Clemens sued his former personal trainer Brian McNamee after the trainer made a statement in the Mitchell report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone for not less than 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Not only did McNamee made the statement once but he also repeated it to Sports Illustrated’s website.  According to Clemens, the statements were untrue and defamatory.

McNamee responded by filing a case against Clemens for defamation on July 31, 2009. The case was filed in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

According to McNamee, Clemens issued an intense public relations offensive by refusing McNamee’s allegations in a nationally televised news conference in “60 minutes”.

In their legal battle in Brooklyn, Clemens is on defense side. Richard Emery, McNamee’s lawyer thinks that they have an advantage now that the case was moved to New York.

Friday 04, Sep 2009

  Prosecutors urged federal judge to freeze legal proceedings

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Prosecutors urged federal judge to freeze legal proceedingsJust last month, in a federal court ruling, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski found federal agents to wrongly seized materials from a lab showing the results of all 104 baseball players who were found to test positive from performance-enhancing drugs.

Their authority to seize evidence was limited to the ones related to the BALCO investigation and 10 players listed in their search warrant.

The ruling ordered the destruction of all evidence, test results and other materials, except for those related to the 10 players in the warrant list.

However, on Wednesday, Kozinski delayed legal proceedings, upon the demand of the prosecutors. They asked for the delay until they could come into a decision, as to whether they should request for a review by the US Supreme Court or not.

According to the prosecutors, the decision conflicts with previous high court rulings dealing with proper search and seizures of property. Prosecutors further argued that they have the right to view all records of players who outright admitted to using steroids.

The appeals court retaliated by setting a new rule for searches of digital evidence. In the new rule, the “plain view” doctrine does not apply.

Tuesday 01, Sep 2009

  MLB plans to start a Steroid Hall of Fame

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MLB plans to start a Steroid Hall of FameIn an effort to capitalize on the recent steroids controversy plaguing Major League baseball, the league plans to put up a Steroids Hall of Fame. This is to raise more funds for MLB.

According to one MLB insider, it will be modeled after Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Busts of players will also be created in super-sized forms, with muscles rippling in an overly enhanced manner. There will also be mementos and memorabilia related to steroid use, such as actual needles used by players, samples of the “clear” and the “cream.” Customers may have the option to get cream samples and actually rub it on themselves. It was even reported that a shrunken testicle of a famous baseball player would also grace the hall of fame.

An official from the Major League Baseball provided a memo of the list of MLB players who are believed to compose the first batch of steroid hall of famers.

Among those included in the list are Mark McGwire, also known as the Big Mac; Gary Sheffield; Alex Rodriguez or A-Rod; Ken Caminiti; Lenny Dykstra; Jose Canseco; Barry Bonds; Rafael Palmiero and Roger Clemens.

Sunday 26, Apr 2009

  Baseball Fan Urged MLB Boycott

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Baseball Fan Urged MLB BoycottLucas Swineford of Secaucus and leader of the Baseball Fan Give Back, pleaded to Major League Baseball fans to boycott the game last April 17. He asked fans to donate $13, which is equivalent to half of the MLB games ticket to a charity, and volunteer for three hours, the average time spent watching a game. This effort shows a protest on the prevalent steroid issue on baseball.

The Baseball Fan Give Back brainchild stated that he felt disappointed when Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees admitted that he was pressured to use steroid. Rodriguez admitted his steroid past during an ESPN interview.

Lucas Swineford admitted that he’s a baseball fan but he felt frustrated that steroid has been a continuing issue in the sport. He preferred April 17 to execute the protest in commemoration of the late Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburg Pirates. He said that he always honors Clemente for his humanitarian efforts. Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash when he was about to deliver goods and supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He believes that athletes can be good role models to kids.

Swineford stated that what he did was not a negative endeavor. He said that he just wanted to encourage baseball fans to spend at least a day in charity and volunteer work.

Thursday 23, Apr 2009

  SHEFFIELD HITS 500TH CAREER HOMERUN

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SHEFFIELD HITS 500TH CAREER HOMERUNGary Sheffield believes everything happens for a purpose. Never mind if people think him too pious. At least he got vindicated and the tainted past is now long forgotten.

On Friday, Sheffield rounded the field to complete his 500th career homerun, which some didn’t think would ever happen. The Mets desperately needed the win, and that homerun also broke the tie 5-4 against Milwaukee. Because of this victory fans are ready to forgive his brush with the steroids.

Getting Sheffield for the Mets is something Jose Reyes would never regret, if in case he did before. Having Gary on the team as the 25th baseball player to hit the 500th homerun is enough for the Mets to make history. Reyes definitely made a great choice of getting him. It didn’t matter now that Sheffield wasn’t originally part of the team.

The Mets have Sheffield to thank for he gave life to what seemed to be a hopeless team. Willie Randolph had been the biggest thing that happened to them until later in the evening when Sheffield just whacked the ball into a homerun.

Monday 20, Apr 2009

  COLLEGE REMAINS CLEAN OF BANNED SUBSTANCES

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COLLEGE REMAINS CLEAN OF BANNED SUBSTANCES  Pierce College maintains its stand against androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) despite its rampant use in professional sports. They don’t have athletes sporting physiques that reek of steroids. Collegiate sports may be tough and competitive but for those at Pierce cutting corners is not the way to go.

According to the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine AAS are testosterone derived compounds that can have significant effects on the body. It increases muscle mass and improves strength gains. This is due to the properties of testosterone which are responsible for the primary sexual characteristics in males. While AAS can greatly enhance performance and promote faster healing of wounds and muscle injuries, it can have potentially adverse effects to the body.

Ever since the steroid controversy erupted in the MLB, there are concerns that the use of these banned substances are influencing young athletes to try them as well.

To manage the use of steroids in collegiate sports the National Collegiate Athletic Association has imposed a banned substance policy, the same policy which is being used by other universities like UCLA and Guilford College.

But in Pierce College there doesn’t seem to be a need to test the athletes for steroids because the sports officials don’t see it as a problem in the athletic community of this institution.

Thursday 16, Apr 2009

  MLB PLAYERS SAY INJURIES MAKE THEM USE STEROIDS

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MLB PLAYERS SAY INJURIES MAKE THEM USE STEROIDSThe New York Times released a report that several MLB players testified against Ramon Scruggs, a 62 year old doctor who prescribed steroids and human growth hormones with out having to see the players. This report also sheds light over the fact that steroids are used to help the players heal faster from their injuries acquired during training and after every game.

Steroids are known to aid in the recovery of muscle injury and lubricate the joints to and prevent further bone injury. If these injuries are not addressed or are not healed sooner, a player could risk not being able to be on the field for the rest of the season. This is the defense of Troy Glaus of the Anaheim Angels who admitted using steroids even after the drug ban was imposed.

According to the players injuries were the reasons why they had to take steroids that also happen to be performance-enhancing drugs and not to gain any competitive advantage in the play-offs. However, what made the MLB suspicious was the fact that they continued to use PEDs after their recovery.

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