April 13, 2012 |
CARTAGENA, Colombia - President Obama will highlight trade and business opportunities in Latin America at a regional summit in Colombia this weekend, but other leaders may upstage him by pushing to legalize marijuana and other illicit drugs in a bid to stem rampant trafficking. Obama, who opposes decriminalization, is expected to face a rocky reception in this Caribbean resort city, which otherwise forms a friendly backdrop for a U.S. president courting Latino voters in an election year.
March 21, 2012 |
Precedents matter — both in courtrooms and in commissioners' offices. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday decided the New Orleans Saints' bounty program — which paid players for injuring opponents — crossed that crucial threshold where transgressions threatened the integrity of the game. He suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season. Goodell also imposed an indefinite suspension on former Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, while Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for six games.
March 5, 2012 |
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and Los Angeles investor Tony Ressler have joined forces and reentered the bidding for the Dodgers, a person familiar with the sale process said Monday. Ressler, a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers, is believed to be the only remaining bidder currently involved in MLB. The Heisley-Ressler bid would be the eighth submitted to Major League Baseball for consideration. MLB has agreed to approve up to 10 bidders, after which outgoing owner Frank McCourt will select the winner.
October 5, 2011 |
Prohibition — America's notoriously "failed social experiment" to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns' highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug legalization advocates, who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look at what resulted from alcohol prohibition and its relevance to today's anti-drug effort reveals a far more nuanced picture than the legalization lobby might like to admit.
September 22, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez , after he learned he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on Major League Baseball's inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement. Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy. "I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez said via telephone from Miami.
August 11, 2011 |
Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox , who retired last year after 29 years as a manager, including 25 with Atlanta, will have his number retired in Atlanta before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Cox, 70, also will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Cox was replaced by his former coach Fredi Gonzalez , who has the Braves in second place in the National League East and leading the NL wild-card race. Cox is now a consultant for the team. Etc. Texas Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry was reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list.
June 8, 2011 |
As the United States has ramped up efforts to counter drug cartel violence in Latin America, government agencies have relied heavily on a handful of private contractors whose actions are poorly tracked, according to a Senate report released Wednesday. Private companies have played a major role in the U.S. government’s efforts to train Latin American law enforcement agencies and increase intelligence-collection efforts against drug cartels. But it has been difficult to see where the money is going.
June 1, 2011 |
Calling the global war on drugs a costly failure, a group of high-profile world leaders is urging the Obama administration and other governments to end "the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others. " A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and past presidents of Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, recommends that governments try new ways of legalizing and regulating drugs, especially marijuana, as a way to deny profits to drug cartels.
April 8, 2011 |
Being busted once was bad enough. But twice? Testing positive for a banned substance under major league baseball's drug policy, one-time Dodgers darling Manny Ramirez retired Friday rather than face the prospect of a 100-game suspension. Ramirez, who was batting .059 for the Tampa Bay Rays, served a 50-game suspension as a member of the Dodgers in 2009 for a similar violation. Ramirez's latest Manny-Being-Manny episode had some in baseball scratching their heads. "I used to defend him," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said.
December 10, 2010 |
The NFL suspended New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes for four games without pay Friday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Spikes, the team's second-leading tackler, will sit out the rest of the regular season, starting Sunday at the Chicago Bears. The rookie drafted in the second round from Florida will be eligible to rejoin the active roster after the finale at home against Miami, and he would be eligible for the playoffs. Spikes said in a statement issued by the Patriots that the substance "was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking.