July 15, 2013 |
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field. Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis. Sunday, leading U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed they had tested positive for banned substances. There were news reports saying Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for stimulants at their national championships last month.
July 14, 2013 |
Just weeks before the world championships in Moscow, the sport of track and field has suffered a major blow with three marquee sprinters testing positive for banned substances. American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson all acknowledged Sunday they had failed drug tests. Gay, who owns the fastest 100-meter time in the world this season, plans to withdraw from the championships. That would deprive the meet of its most-anticipated event, a showdown with six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
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.