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December 15, 2007 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
George Mitchell knows athletic frustration. Growing up in the central Maine town of Waterville, he was the youngest and least athletic of the four Mitchell boys. Either he brought the bats and balls to the baseball field, or he wasn't allowed to play. Despite such indignities, sports was a huge part of his young life. And it still is. "I know when he talks about steroids and baseball, that is very personal to him," says Harold C.
December 15, 2007 | Karen Kaplan and Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writers
As it tries to rid itself of steroids, Major League Baseball is almost certain to strike out. The reason: Athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs have science on their side, experts said Friday. Chemists are continually refining their recipes to stay at least one step ahead of any testing regimen. "I could figure out how to take a fair amount of testosterone and you'd never catch me, and if I can say that, a lot of others can too," said Don H.
December 7, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
NASHVILLE -- Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. will not be suspended for allegedly ordering human growth hormone, the commissioner's office announced Thursday. Former Angels outfielder Jose Guillen and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons were suspended 15 days for violating baseball's drug policy. Guillen said he would appeal; Gibbons said he would not. The Kansas City Royals signed Guillen to a three-year, $36-million contract earlier Thursday.
November 7, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The baseball season has come and gone since Gary Matthews Jr. was alleged to have ordered a shipment of human growth hormone. Today, the Angels' center fielder is scheduled to discuss that report behind closed doors at baseball's New York headquarters. Paul Byrd, the pitcher formerly with the Angels and currently with the Cleveland Indians, is expected to follow Matthews to the commissioner's office later this month.
October 22, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
BOSTON -- Just what baseball needed before its most eagerly awaited game of the postseason -- a performance-enhancing-drug scandal involving a popular player on the Cleveland Indians, who had enough on their plates trying to prepare for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.
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.
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.
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.
March 15, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Gary Matthews Jr. denied ever using human growth hormone Wednesday, issuing a statement that could end the cold war between the Angels and their new center fielder but might not save him from suspension under baseball's drug policy. The season opens in 18 days, and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said he cannot pencil Matthews into the lineup yet. "It's tough to say what's going to happen in the next couple weeks," Scioscia said. "I don't know if it's totally resolved."
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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