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September 13, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Baseball officials want to meet with Gary Matthews Jr., seven months after the Angels center fielder was alleged to have been sent a shipment of human growth hormone. Within the last week, as reports have linked Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus and Jay Gibbons to orders for steroids and human growth hormone, baseball officials have requested meetings with each player. The reports all follow a national investigation into Internet drug trafficking, led by the Albany County (N.Y.) district attorney.
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SPORTS
September 6, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS -- The last time the Indianapolis Colts played a meaningful game, they were drenched by a South Florida downpour. The last time the New Orleans Saints played one that counted, they were frozen by a bitter-cold Chicago squall. And tonight, with the eyes of the NFL watching and the climate-controlled RCA Dome tuned to a shirt-sleeve 70 degrees, a new storm is brewing -- a high-pressure system that will establish a pecking order atop the league.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Actor Sylvester Stallone was formally convicted Monday of importing restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and ordered to pay $10,651 in fines and court costs. New South Wales state Deputy Chief Magistrate Paul Cloran said the "Rocky" and "Rambo" star failed to show he had a valid prescription for dozens of vials of human growth hormone found in his luggage when he arrived in Sydney for a promotional tour in February.
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March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone faces a stiff fine for allegedly trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movie franchises, represented him in a Sydney court on Tuesday where he faces one charge of importing a banned substance.
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March 11, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Arte Moreno got a powerful endorsement Saturday, when Commissioner Bud Selig said he supported the Angels' owner in his insistence that center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. publicly address allegations that he ordered a shipment of human growth hormone. "Arte and I are absolutely on the same page on this issue," Selig said. "There isn't a scintilla of difference between Arte Moreno's position and mine. To say it as bluntly as I can say it, he's stating my position."
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March 9, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writers
The Angels are bracing for confrontation with Gary Matthews Jr. and the players' union sooner rather than later, preparing for disciplinary action against the center fielder unless he publicly addresses allegations he received a shipment of human growth hormone. Angels owner Arte Moreno has said he wanted the matter resolved by opening day. "I think it's going to come to a head long before then," said a source familiar with the Angels' thinking.
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March 7, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writers
Even if he has not failed a drug test, Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. could be suspended for up to 80 games for his alleged involvement in the purchase of human growth hormone. In addition to a 50-game penalty for a first positive test, baseball's drug policy mandates a suspension from 60 to 80 games following a first conviction for "possession or use of any prohibited substance." The clause is triggered when a player is convicted or pleads guilty or no contest.
SPORTS
March 4, 2007 | J.A. Adande
Gary Matthews Jr. has to realize that the less he says about his alleged link to human growth hormone shipments, the worse it looks. If we've learned one thing the last few years, it's that choice of words means everything. Jason Giambi apologizes, without even saying what for, and now it's back to business as usual. But Mark McGwire's "I'm not here to talk about the past" performance on Capitol Hill led to a smackdown by Hall of Fame voters.
SPORTS
March 4, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Gary Matthews Jr. launched a high-powered defense Saturday, retaining one of the top criminal defense attorneys and perhaps the most noted crisis management firm in Southern California to represent him amid allegations he received an illegal shipment of human growth hormone. Robert Shapiro, an attorney most famous for his work on O.J.
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March 1, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writers
Gary Matthews Jr. allegedly was sent a shipment of human growth hormone three years ago, according to the second report in two days linking the Angels' new center fielder to performance-enhancing substances. Matthews spoke with reporters for about two minutes at the Angels' training camp Wednesday morning, saying he did not know how his name surfaced in a nationwide government investigation into illegal drug distribution. "At the appropriate time, I will address the matter," Matthews said.
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