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.
December 5, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - The erratic state of drug testing in boxing is perhaps best revealed in the absence of scrutiny faced by Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez before their Saturday fight. Neither boxer has submitted a blood or urine sample. "I would like uniform testing, but there's no plan," said veteran fight promoter Gary Shaw, who is not involved in the Pacquiao-Marquez bout. "It has to start with the boxing commissions, and they have to get serious about it. Barry Bonds, he was hitting baseballs for home runs.
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December 1, 2012 |
HONOLULU - The first thing you notice about 1st Circuit Judge Steven Alm is how excited he is about what he's doing. The buzz-cut, fast-talking judge was waiting for me in the lobby of the courthouse early on a recent morning and led me up to his third-floor chambers to explain Hawaii's promising approach to repeat offenders with drug and alcohol problems. I'd heard about Alm's program, Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), from two Southern California drug policy professors - Mark Kleiman at UCLA and Angela Hawken at Pepperdine - who urged me to go have a look at Alm's operation.
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November 24, 2012 |
Elaine Bogart had no second thoughts about subjecting her children to drug tests. When the Santa Clarita mother learned of a program through her school district that allows parents to track the results of random tests of their children's urine, she enrolled her two teenagers right away. "It was my decision," she said. "They do have some rights, but I'm responsible for them. I need to make sure they're safe. " The William S. Hart Union High School District program is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, according to program administrators.
October 19, 2012 |
Danny Garcia's defense of his World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council junior-welterweight belts Saturday was thrown into jeopardy Friday after his opponent, former champion Erik Morales, tested positive for a banned substance. The 36-year-old Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) submitted a drug test Oct. 3 that was found to be positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, which has weight-loss effects. As of Friday afternoon, the bout, headlining the debut fight card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is still on, promoter Richard Schaefer said.
September 29, 2012 |
A morning of goodwill turned into an afternoon of continued discord between the NHL and the players' union Friday, leaving them no closer to ending the labor dispute that led the league to lock players out on Sept. 15 and cancel the exhibition schedule. NHL Players' Assn. executive Mathieu Schneider said the sides had made "some headway" during their first session on issues such as player safety, scheduling, and tougher drug testing. However, their considerable differences became apparent following their second session.