July 14, 2013 |
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
July 9, 2013 |
If a driver were involved in a crash locally and alcohol or drugs could have been an issue, police will usually have the driver tested. It wouldn't matter if he or she were a tourist from another country, or a visitor here to do some corporate business. Why, then, is it different for pilots of airliners that crash? This puzzling dichotomy was revealed Tuesday in a news conference about the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. According to Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, federal rules call for key crew members involved in an accident to receive drug and alcohol testing.
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July 8, 2013 |
Each of the five apparatus operators who responded to Saturday's Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport tested negative for drugs or alcohol, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Monday. In an interview with The Times, Hayes-White said her department's own internal inquiry is underway after department officials learned an apparatus responding to Saturday's plane crash may have "contacted" one of the two...
July 3, 2013 |
Major League Baseball's decision to terminate a veteran umpire last month after a reported positive drug test stirs questions about the consequences of sports' arbiters slipping to possible outcome-altering temptation. "Just because you're a sports official at the highest level doesn't mean you don't have troubles," said Barry Mano, president of the National Assn. of Sports Officials. "We pride ourselves on who we are - people of integrity with high values and strong character. "It doesn't mean there aren't missteps or wrong decisions.
June 20, 2013 |
Juan Manuel Marquez was subjected to skepticism in December when the newly buffed-up multichampion boxer knocked Manny Pacquiao out stone cold, the first time Pacquaio hit the canvas in the pair's five fights. Now, Marquez, in advance of his Oct. 12 world welterweight title fight at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas against Palm Springs' Timothy Bradley, is due to be subjected to an unspecified number of random drug tests. There remains, however, some questions about who will preside over the testing.
May 7, 2013 |
This story would be funny if it weren't so sad. Texas Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel was suspended from the team on Friday because he substituted his urine sample for a teammate's to prevent the teammate from failing a drug test. Problem: Knebel's urine sample failed the test. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Knebel agreed to let the teammate use his sample to avoid detection for having taken Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD. Adderall is on the NCAA's banned list of substances, unless you have a doctor's prescription for it to treat ADHD or narcolepsy.
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April 2, 2013 |
A man who allegedly crashed his car through a Wal-Mart and began attacking people inside, injuring four, was being held without bail Monday in San Jose. Authorities said Haamid Ade Zaid, 33, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and drug use. Authorities told the Associated Press they believe he was under the influence of drugs. "People were running out of the store, people were crying," San Jose police Officer Albert Morales told the San Jose Mercury News about the Sunday incident.
February 28, 2013 |
The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined and suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Thursday over a failed drug test last year before a Mexican Independence Day fight in Las Vegas. The popular 27-year-old fighter, who's the son of a famous boxer by the same name, tested positive for marijuana in September after his first professional loss. Chavez (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months from the date of the fight and fined $900,000, which amounts to 30% of his $3-million purse for the bout against Sergio Martinez . Chavez, who spoke by phone from Mexico, said through an interpreter that he was sorry for his actions and had taken the drug to curb his stress eight or nine days before the much-anticipated fight.
February 22, 2013 |
Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who was named in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic, says tests for PEDs he was given by Major League Baseball have come back negative. “Like I said before, I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will,” Gonzalez said Friday. “Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine, and both came out negative, like I expected. Throughout my entire career, it's been like that.
December 14, 2012 |
Steroid and other performance-enhancing drug tests given to Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao were declared negative Friday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Marquez, 39, became noticeably more muscular before avenging two close losses by decisions and a draw by knocking out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their Saturday welterweight fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In a Monday telephone conversation with The Times, Marquez expressed full confidence that his drug tests would be negative.