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October 6, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Former Olympic track and field superstar Marion Jones pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges that she lied to investigators about using steroids before her five-medal performance at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and about her involvement in an unrelated New York-based counterfeit check scheme. The admission that she used steroids, made in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y., represents a fall from grace for a woman who was once among the most celebrated athletes in the world.
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August 4, 2011 | Baxter Holmes, Kevin Baxter and Jim Peltz
Buried deep within the soul of every sport is a select group of traditions that are followed religiously. Whenever a competitor feels he's been wronged, these eye-for-an-eye creeds demand retribution. So, of course, after Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Takashi Saito hit St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols on the left hand Tuesday, St. Louis was going to hit back. And Cardinals reliever Jason Matte did, the next inning, hitting Milwaukee All-Star Ryan Braun in the back. He was just following the game's long-standing retaliatory rule: Throw at somebody.
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August 3, 1995 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alabama, with the third-winningest program in major college football history, was placed on three years' probation and severely penalized after the NCAA Committee on Infractions found the school guilty of unethical conduct and "a distressing failure of institutional control."
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February 25, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
A British rugby player's blood sample emerged this week as a landmark case, the first positive result for human growth hormone in testing by a national sporting anti-doping agency. The athlete, Terry Newton, confessed to using the banned substance and Wednesday, after being slapped with a two-year ban from the game, publicly apologized for his "grave error in judgment." Newton's positive test is expected to be followed shortly by others, a source familiar with worldwide doping programs told The Times on Wednesday.
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November 6, 2001
It's too early to write off the Clippers' season. Lamar Odom doesn't get that same benefit. He has failed. He let down his team, his fans, himself. When the Clippers need someone to take their hand and guide them in the right direction, their best player will wander off into a minimum five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program, the NBA announced Monday. That's twice now.
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July 26, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Can diamonds be a guy's best friend? Just days after being charged with sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado, Kobe Bryant gave a purple diamond ring worth a reported $4 million to his wife, Vanessa. The Laker star commissioned the 8-carat ring from Rafinity, a Santa Monica jeweler on the Third Street Promenade that caters to a celebrity clientele. The couple picked up the ring earlier this week.
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March 28, 1997 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for two Fresno State basketball players alleged to have shaved points for friendly gamblers this season said a Times story Wednesday that quoted bookmakers and others on the purported scheme was "trumped-up garbage." "I find it a little bit incredulous that someone would say they now have more than a rumor when what [The Times did is] quote an anonymous illegal bookie and that bookie is saying he or she has a reliable source. Is that a reliable source?"
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June 2, 2000 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Merino, who guided the Lakewood Artesia High boys' basketball team to three state championships and national prominence, will not return as coach of the Pioneers, and Artesia will forfeit all games and championships for the 1997-98 and 1999-2000 school years, the superintendent of the ABC Unified School District said Thursday.
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February 13, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of the strongest anti-doping actions ever taken, China was banned Sunday from the Pan-Pacific Swimming Championships. Meeting in Honolulu, the Pan-Pacific Swimming Assn. charter members--Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States--voted 3-1 not to invite China to their meet in Atlanta this August. The decision was fueled in part by the recent spate of positive drug tests of Chinese athletes, including seven swimmers.
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February 12, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After breaking the world record in the 10,000-meter run in 1993, Wang Junxia was sensitive to accusations that she and fellow Chinese women runners had used anabolic steroids to help their remarkable rise in international sport. "China has an old saying," Wang said then. " 'If you've done nothing wrong, then you don't fear the ghost crying out at the door; if you stand upright, then you don't fear the crooked shadow.' " But fear is something Chinese sports officials have in abundance these days.
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February 20, 2010 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
Todd McNair could not wait to finish. Tim Floyd cannot wait to start. So it goes for USC, which is scheduled to complete its three-day hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday. McNair, the Trojans' running backs coach, appeared relieved late Friday afternoon after enduring two days of grilling from the 10-member committee during the closed-door proceeding in a hotel ballroom. Floyd, who resigned as USC's basketball coach last June, had hoped to appear Friday.
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February 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein and David Wharton
Athletic Director Mike Garrett, former football coach Pete Carroll and running backs coach Todd McNair were among the members of a USC contingent that was on the hot seat Thursday in Tempe before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Meantime, former USC tailback Reggie Bush, the focus of many of the allegations that landed USC in the desert for its long-awaited hearing, was at the Winter Olympics in Canada, preparing to take in a hockey game and some ski races. "There are attorneys, there are lawsuits, there are all those things that keep you from being able to talk," Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, said during a promotional stop at a sponsor's office in Vancouver, adding, "I've tried to do everything I can, on my part, to help USC out."
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February 18, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Former USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd once described the distant treatment he received from Trojans Athletic Director Mike Garrett as "a bitter pill." Floyd's bitterness about the events that led to his resignation last June could be in evidence Thursday when the school goes before the NCAA's infractions committee at a hearing in Tempe, Ariz. USC officials will defend their athletic department against college rules violations. Floyd's attorney said he would appear at the hearing.
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February 18, 2010 | By Gary Klein
After a nearly four-year investigation that expanded from one sport to another and involves some of the most prominent names in its storied sports history, USC finally goes before the NCAA infractions committee Thursday. The 10-member committee convenes to determine whether alleged violations in USC's football and basketball programs took place and, if so, whether they constituted a lack of institutional control. "My understanding is this one might be a pretty long deal," Tom Yeager, a former NCAA infractions committee member, said of the hearing.
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February 18, 2010
April 2006 Pacific 10 Conference begins investigation after several media outlets report that tailback Reggie Bush's mother, stepfather and brother had been living in a San Diego-area home owned by Michael Michaels, a would-be sports marketer. Bush says the situation was "blown out of proportion." He tells ESPN, "When this is all said and done everyone will see at the end of the day that we've done absolutely nothing wrong." Soon after, the New Orleans Saints make Bush the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.
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February 17, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The NCAA committee that will meet beginning Thursday to determine the fate of USC athletics will do more than hear testimony, look at the evidence investigators have gathered and ponder the university's response. It will also consider precedent -- past cases with similarities to whatever findings it makes concerning allegations that star football and men's basketball athletes received benefits in violation of college rules. "We try to be consistent," Paul Dee, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, said recently.
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January 13, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Tumult at the top of the United States Olympic movement -- a parade of leadership changes, incessant political infighting, allegations of doping scandals and, most recently, ethics-related controversies -- is triggering fears that American athletes will win fewer medals in 2004 and beyond. The U.S. led the medal count at the last two Summer Games and accounted for a team-record number of medals at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. But turmoil in the U.S.
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January 26, 1996 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Chicago circuit court judge Thursday reversed USA Volleyball's ban of a prominent youth coach who was expelled last summer for having sex with former UCLA star Julie Bremner and two others. Judge Michael Getty of Cook County ruled that USA Volleyball's standard for banning Rick Butler, owner and coach Sports Performance Club of West Chicago, Ill., was too vague in issuing a permanent injunction that allows him to coach again.
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February 17, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire and Gary Klein
It wasn't long ago that R.C. Johnson appeared before the NCAA Infractions Committee, and he doesn't envy USC officials who this week will defend their athletic department against allegations of college rules violations. Johnson is the athletic director at Memphis, and last year, his school was punished for major rules infractions in men's basketball and women's golf. "It's no cup of coffee," Johnson said of his appearance. "I absolutely hated being in there." USC's hearing begins Thursday, and experts say what will take place behind the closed doors in a hotel conference room in Tempe, Ariz.
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January 4, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
The entire USC basketball season just disappeared under a slathering of Mayo, and I know what you're wondering. The hottest basketball team in the Pac-10 just got sent to the cooler, and I know exactly why you are worried. It will be 10 months before they play another meaningful men's basketball game at the Galen Center, and I know it may seem impolite right now, but, really, you have only one question, so I'll just blurt it out. What does all this mean for football? Does the temporary removal of this relatively unnoticed athletic department organ -- think appendix -- mean that they can save the Trojans heart?
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