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January 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - In April, a randomly selected player in Major League Baseball will roll up his sleeves and become the first athlete in the four major North American sports to take a test for human growth hormone during a season. "This is a very proud day for baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday, in announcing MLB's revised drug-testing policy at the owners' meetings here. The in-season tests, approved by the players' union, left some players waiting to hear how the tests would be administered.
September 6, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy seem to be spending a lot of time together lately. That includes the top of a busy leaderboard in the BMW Championship at Carmel, Ind. The biggest star in golf and his heir apparent put on a dazzling show Thursday at Crooked Stick, where the gallery caught a glimpse of the best players in the world for the first time since the 1991 PGA Championship. McIlroy, flawless with his irons, birdied his last two holes for an eight-under-par 64 and was part of a four-way tie for the lead with Indiana native Bo Van Pelt , U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Graham DeLaet , the Canadian who is quietly becoming the Cinderella of these FedEx Cup playoffs.
August 12, 2012 | Steve Lopez
SAN DIEGO - If there is a more profound and costly failure than the war on drugs, it hasn't come to my attention. In Mexico, an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since 2006, as drug cartels wage bloody battles in the lucrative business of feeding demand north of the border. In the United States, billions of dollars are spent annually to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for drug crimes, with little or no effect on either supply or demand.
June 17, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Stephen Downing speaks fondly of his 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, saying he misses the camaraderie and the integrity of the people he worked with in a career that took him from street cop to deputy chief. Along the way, as commander of the Bureau of Investigations, he oversaw the Administrative Narcotics Division. And so when we had lunch at a sidewalk cafe in Long Beach the other day, it was more than a little strange to hear this life-long Republican insist that for the sake of cops, and in the interest of logic and public safety, the United States ought to legalize drugs.
May 29, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Don't break out the dreadlock wig just yet - it looks as if Manny Ramirez's debut with the Oakland Athletics will be delayed. The former Dodgers slugger probably will not make his debut with the Athletics this week even though his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy a second time officially ends following Oakland's game against Minnesota on Wednesday. Oakland assistant general manager David Frost says Ramirez will remain at the team's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento until the club is confident he is major-league ready.
May 7, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota will be suspended 100 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said Monday. Mota, 38, has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues and is currently a reliever for the San Francisco Giants. He is 0-1 with a 5.06 earned-run average, nine strikeouts and four walks in nine appearances (10 2/3 innings) this season. “The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota's suspension,” the team said in a statement.
April 13, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Lance Pugmire
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 | Staff and wire reports
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 | By Kevin A. Sabet
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.
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