June 14, 2012 |
Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history on Wednesday night. Of course, he did it for the San Francisco Giants, which takes some of the luster off of it for Dodgers fans. Cain struck out 14 Houston Astros, tying Sandy Koufax for the most strikeouts in a perfect game. Cain threw 19 first-pitch strikes and never faced a 2-and-0 count. He also got help from two outstanding defensive plays. Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder's one-out flyball in the sixth, scurrying back to make a leaping catch on the warning track.
June 14, 2012 |
There are new doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong , but do you believe them? On Wednesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against him that could result in him being stripped of his Tour de France titles. USADA says it collected bloodfrom Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that was "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions. " Armstrong responded by saying, "I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.
January 22, 2012 |
Baseball royalty gathered Saturday at the Riviera Country Club, where 1,623 home runs in the form of Henry Aaron and Sadaharu Oh sat side by side in a cramped news conference room, the long-ball count swelling to 2,209 when Frank Robinson walked in a little late. Both Aaron, 77, and Oh, 71, in Los Angeles for a World Children's Baseball Fair 20th anniversary luncheon, were introduced as "home run kings," even though Oh, who used his trademark "flamingo" leg kick to hit 868 homers in Japan from 1959 to 1980, is the only crown-holder of the two. Aaron slugged 755 homers for Milwaukee and Atlanta from 1954 to 1976, surpassing Babe Ruth's record of 714 amid hate mail and death threats in 1974 and holding the top spot for 33 years.
July 15, 2011 |
The judge in the Roger Clemens federal perjury trial abruptly declared a mistrial on the second day of testimony, leaving government attorneys weighing whether to try again or drop charges that the former All-Star pitcher lied when he testified before Congress that he never used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. The government's case came apart Thursday when prosecutors violated U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton's order by inadvertently allowing the jury to view statements from a U.S. congressman discussing the credibility of one of the key witnesses against the former All-Star baseball pitcher.
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July 9, 2011 |
Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50. Whitehead died in Frisco, Texas, while attending the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, USA Cycling announced Wednesday . The organization said no further details were available. His 20 national championships included the team pursuit in 1984, which contributed to his being chosen for the U.S. squad that competed in the Los Angeles Games, the cycling website VeloNews reported . Encouraged by their coach — and less than a week before the Olympics — Whitehead and seven other members of the U.S. cycling team took "advantage of the dubious practice called blood boosting," David Wallechinsky wrote in "The Complete Book of the Olympics.
September 15, 2010 |
Federal prosecutors have obtained a telephone conversation secretly recorded six years ago by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond in which he and a woman close to Lance Armstrong discuss her being present in 1996 when others say Armstrong told his cancer doctors about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The tape recording and transcript of that conversation are expected to be presented to a federal grand jury in Los Angeles looking into charges of widespread drug use in professional cycling, according to sources close to the investigation who are not authorized to speak publicly about it. Prosecutors have subpoenaed the woman who sources say is Stephanie McIlvain, a longtime liaison to Armstrong for one of his major sponsors, the eyewear company Oakley Inc. LeMond was calling McIlvain in connection with a separate business dispute he was having with one of his sponsors when he raised the subject of what McIlvain heard in Armstrong's Indiana hospital room.