February 9, 2008 |
As a star-studded, nationally televised show on the eve of spring training, Wednesday's steroid hearing by a House committee is surely not the kind of curtain-raiser on the 2008 season that Major League Baseball officials would prefer.
February 5, 2008 |
At first look, all is good in our world of sports. Super Sunday was pretty much that. It was a shockingly competitive game that canonized another Manning brother, correctly so, and saved us from Boston winning everything in pro sports this season, after all. Beware of omens, Celtics. The Lakers have a new player and new hope. The Clippers have internal turmoil and we're used to that. College basketball is now officially in its long run to the Final Four.
February 4, 2008 |
While many professional athletes have been denying use of human growth hormone to boost performance, one man is standing tall in his support of poor, misunderstood HgH. With the take-no-prisoners bravado of the character he plays in "Rambo," the fourth installment in his hugely successful film franchise, Sylvester Stallone, 61, told Time magazine that HgH was behind the super-buff, senior-licious physique he flaunts in the movie while dispatching a reported 236 bad guys to their maker.
December 24, 2007 |
Roger Clemens used the Internet to issue his latest denial that he ever used steroids, saying in a video that was posted Sunday on his foundation's website and YouTube.com that the parts of the Mitchell Report that pertained to him are "simply not true." Looking directly into the camera, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said, "Let me be clear: The answer is no, I did not use steroids, human growth hormone, and I've never done so."
December 16, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte used human growth hormone to recover from an elbow injury in 2002, the New York Yankees pitcher admitted two days after he was cited in the Mitchell Report. Pettitte said he tried HGH on two occasions, stressing he did it to heal faster and not enhance his performance. He emphasized he never used steroids. "If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize," Pettitte said Saturday in a statement released by his agent.
December 15, 2007 |
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 |
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 15, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- With human growth hormone emerging as the drug of choice for baseball players, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) said Friday he would consider federal funding to support the search for an effective HGH test. That prospect cheered Dr. Don Catlin, the former UCLA scientist charged by baseball with developing a urine test for HGH. "I'd certainly put my hat in the ring for a grant," said Catlin, who now runs the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles.
December 7, 2007 |
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 |
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.