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October 24, 2002 |
Manfred Ewald, who as head of the state sports program in the former East Germany oversaw one of the most despicable, large-scale doping experiments ever conducted in the name of Olympic glory and national pride, has died. He was 76. Ewald, a former Nazi who after World War II served the Communist regime in East Germany at its highest levels, died Monday of complications of pneumonia in his hometown, Damsdorf, southeast of Berlin.
December 4, 1990 |
Experts in former East Germany developed a doping nasal spray before the 1988 Olympics that was virtually undetectable, a leading swimmer alleged today. Raik Hannemann, who Monday admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs, said that the spray had the same effect as anabolic steroids and that traces of its use would disappear after three days.
January 1, 2001 |
Germans proudly passed a post-unification milestone Sunday by shuttering a police investigative unit that sought to bring Communist-era abusers to justice, from sports officials who doped young athletes into ill health and infamy to border guards who shot at people trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.
October 23, 2002 |
Hal Sutton has agreed to be the Ryder Cup captain for the United States in 2004 after serving as the team's emotional leader as a player. Sutton met with PGA of America executives last week during the Disney World Golf Classic, according to a PGA Tour source who spoke on condition of anonymity. He decided to accept the job after talking it over with his family, the source said. The PGA of America said the captain will be announced Thursday.
June 10, 2000 |
Bill Self, who led Tulsa to the round of eight in the NCAA tournament last season, was hired Friday as basketball coach at Illinois. He replaces Lon Kruger, who quit last month to coach the Atlanta Hawks. Self led the Golden Hurricane to a 74-27 record in three seasons. He takes over an Illini team that has all its starters and key reserves returning after a 22-10 season. The coach met his new players Friday after completing details Thursday night on a $900,000-a-year contract.
July 19, 2000 |
Dan O'Brien, the defending Olympic champion in the decathlon and one of track and field's biggest names over the last decade, said Tuesday he plans to withdraw from the U.S. Olympic trials in Sacramento and will miss the Sydney Games. O'Brien, 34, said he partially tore connective tissue on the bottom of his left foot while practicing the high jump last Wednesday. He said he wouldn't formally withdraw until just before the competition begins. "I'm 98, 99% out right now," he said.