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Trainer says Mark McGwire used steroids to get 'bigger, faster, stronger'

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Curtis Wenzlaff, arrested in 1992 for distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, told ESPN that the slugger's goal was strength, not health.

January 23, 2010|Staff And Wire Reports

A trainer who previously admitted supplying Jose Canseco with steroids now says he also gave performance enhancing-drugs to Mark McGwire.

Curtis Wenzlaff, arrested in 1992 for distribution of steroids, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that McGwire's goal was to get "bigger, faster, stronger," according to excerpts released Friday. The interview is to be broadcast Sunday morning.

McGwire last week admitted for the first time that he used steroids and human growth hormone on and off for a decade, including when he set the season home run record with 70 in 1998.

He said he took performance-enhancing drugs for health, not for strength.

"There are other things you can take for health that are anabolic, but it wouldn't be that type of combination," Wenzlaff said. "If Paris Hilton were to take that array, she could run over Dick Butkus."

McGwire, who retired as a player after the 2001 season, was hired in October as hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Outfielder and former pitcher Rick Ankiel agreed to a $3.25-million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

Left-hander Doug Davis and the Brewers have finalized a $5.25-million, one-year contract that brings the starter back to Milwaukee.

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Jets' trio probable

New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis and linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott are probable for the AFC championship game Sunday despite being limited at practice because of injuries.

Ellis has a broken left hand that will be in a cast for the game against the Indianapolis Colts. He'll have surgery after the game, whether the Jets win or lose.

Harris (right ankle) and Scott (left ankle) were not noticeably hobbled during practice.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey missed practice because of a sore right knee. Shockey also did not participate in team drills the previous two days in preparation for the NFC championship game against Minnesota on Sunday. . . . Minnesota's Percy Harvin, the NFL offensive rookie of the year, is questionable for the NFC game. Harvin sat out his second straight practice because of migraines.

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Kiffin hires Garza

The migration of coaches from Tennessee to USC continued Friday as Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin announced the hiring of Willie Mack Garza.

Garza, 40, coached defensive backs last season at Tennessee. He joins Kiffin, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach James Cregg, all of whom were in Knoxville for Kiffin's only season with the Volunteers.

Tennessee ranked 12th among 120 major-college teams in pass defense. USC was 48th.

-- Gary Klein Tom Watson shot a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Officials at Santa Anita canceled racing Friday because of the heavy rain that continued to fall, but they said they planned to resume today.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' backcourt took another hit when the team learned that Delonte West broke his left ring finger in a victory over the Lakers. West became the second Cleveland point guard to be injured this week when his shooting hand was injured Thursday night.

Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-G at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, for her seventh victory of the season and regained the lead in the overall standings.

Bobby Bragan, the longtime baseball man who managed Braves Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn, has died. He was 92.

He died Thursday night at his home in Fort Worth.

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