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Monday 27, Mar 2017

  Noah Banned 20 Games For Doping

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended by the NBA for 20 games without pay after he failed a doping test.

Noah will forfeit between $2 million and $3 million in salary during the suspension. The exact amount is not clear as the formula in the new CBA for lost salary during a suspension results in lower monetary penalties for players.

The league announced Noah, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery last month, tested positive for LGD-4033, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, which is known to produce effects similar to those of anabolic steroids. It is popular as a non-steroidal, selective androgen receptor modulator that is renowned for its ability to help increase muscle mass and strength.  LGD-4033 provides many of the muscle-building and therapeutic benefits of testosterone, without the same level of troublesome side effects.

It was remarked by the league in a statement that unintentional ingestion claims would be considered under rules of the league-union deal starting in July and added it did not think under those future terms Noah would have faced any punishment. The union statement further reads that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) believes after a thorough investigation did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy and added neither Noah nor the union will appeal the suspension. The union statement also said we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake and Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction. Noah was “completely forthcoming and cooperative” throughout the investigation, the NBPA said.

The ban on Noah will begin with the first NBA regular-season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play that means Noah figures to miss the start of next season. The Knicks at 27-45 are all-but eliminated from the playoff hunt. They share 12th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and trail Miami by eight games for the final playoff berth.

Noah has averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 46 games this season for the Knicks. The two-time NBA All-Star, who was named the league’s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, has been nagged by a hamstring injury earlier this season and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on February 4. The 32-year-old holds US, French and Swedish citizenship and first made his mark as a collegiate star at Florida where he led the Gators to consecutive US national tournament titles in 2006 and 2007. Noah played for Chicago until last July after being selected ninth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA Draft when he signed a four-year deal worth $72 million with the Knicks.

The Knicks signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract over the summer as a defensive anchor for the club but Noah has performed well below expectations and missed time throughout the season because of a hamstring injury.

The suspension of Noah may force the Knicks to look for a veteran center in free agency. Veteran Kyle O’Quin, Rookie Willy Hernangomez, and second-year big man Kristaps Porzingis have started at center in place of Noah this season.

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Tuesday 27, Dec 2016

  UFC Lightweight Ferreira Accepts Suspension

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The UFC lightweight fighter Carlos Diego Ferreira has received a suspension of 17 months for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for Ostarine [a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM)] in an out-of-competition drug test on April 29. The MMA fighter additionally declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that contained the banned substance 7-keto-DHEA. Under the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency, both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Ferreira following notification of his positive test tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. The USADA statement further reads that although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

It was also added that the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of USADA independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. The USADA statement reads that testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. USADA further added that Ferreira advised the United States Anti-Doping Agency that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine.

USADA based on the circumstance of the anti-doping violation elected to reduce the suspension of Ferreira from two years to 17 months, retroactive to April 29. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will now be eligible to return in September 2014.

The UFC lightweight fighter was previously suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the positive test. The UFC will adhere to the lengthier punishment administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Ferreira was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 but his name was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

The former Legacy FC lightweight champion started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He made his professional MMA debut against Joseph Daily at STFC 15 on April 15, 2011 wjere won the fight via split decision. Ferreira went on to compile an undefeated record of 9–0 before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in his debut and won a Performance of the Night bonus where he won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke). He then defeated Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 and won the Fight of the Night bonus. Later, ge faced Beneil Dariush at UFC 179 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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