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December 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson has claimed rival Carl Lewis played a part in a conspiracy to sabotage his drug sample at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Johnson set a world record of 9.79 seconds to win the 100 meters at Seoul but was stripped of his gold medal and world record when he tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol. The Canadian-born sprinter since has admitted using banned drugs but insists his positive test at Seoul was the result of a conspiracy to discredit him.
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November 30, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Omar Nino retained his World Boxing Council light-flyweight title earlier this month by twice rallying from knockdowns, unanimously winning the final two rounds against Hawaiian challenger Brian Viloria and claiming a draw. Now, Nino's belt and performance stand under review after the Nevada Athletic Commission's revelation that the champion from Guadalajara provided a post-fight urine sample that tested positive for methamphetamine.
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April 14, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Manny Pacquiao's return to the ring serves as the main event on tonight's pay-per-view boxing card at San Antonio's Alamodome, but the undercard offers two world championship bouts. Jorge Arce (46-3-1, 35 knockouts) of Mexico, a colorful puncher, will challenge another Mexican, World Boxing Council super-flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (30-3-2, 11 KOs).
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November 19, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Erik Morales sat on the canvas, arms around his knees, and stared at his corner, stared at his father, Jose, who was urging him to get up, stared as referee Vic Drakulich counted out the final seconds of his super-featherweight match against Manny Pacquiao. But Morales never moved, never made an effort to get back up and into a match he knew he couldn't win.
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August 11, 2006 | Eric Stephens, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Track and field's world governing body is investigating the coach of sprinter Justin Gatlin for alleged doping violations. The International Assn. of Athletics Federations said Thursday the probe into the activities of Trevor Graham will be carried out in conjunction with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. At least six athletes who trained under Graham have received doping suspensions. Graham, however, has always denied direct knowledge or involvement with drug use.
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August 26, 2006 | Bill Dwyre, Bill Dwyre can be reached at bill.dwyre@latimes.com.To read previous columns by Dwyre, go to latimes.com/dwyre.
Boxer Brian Viloria weighs 108 pounds, about the same as George Foreman's left leg. He fights in a weight class called light-flyweight. That's like being a small miniature Chihuahua. He was champion of the world, or at least that part recognized by the World Boxing Council, until Aug. 10, when another small miniature Chihuahua, Omar Nino of Mexico, had more bite than Viloria's bark.
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February 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tiger Woods opened his title defense in the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday with a four-under-par 68, leaving him three strokes behind leaders Ross Fisher and Graeme McDowell. Woods flew halfway around the world after winning the Buick Invitational on Sunday in Torrey Pines for his seventh consecutive victory on the PGA Tour. The Dubai tournament is a PGA European Tour event.
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April 15, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The urgency that Manny Pacquiao needed arrived in the form of his cut eyebrow. After sustaining an inch-long, head-butt-induced gash over his left eye in the sixth round, Pacquiao treated his Saturday night super-featherweight opponent Jorge Solis the way most fight fans thought he would, and proceeded to deliver an eighth-round knockout in front of 14,793 at San Antonio's Alamodome.
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August 19, 2006 | Bill Dwyre;Chris Foster, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
No Roger Federer in a tournament final. And now, no Rafael Nadal, either. This doesn't happen often. The second-seeded Nadal lost to unseeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday, leaving the tournament in Mason, Ohio, without its top two players and the ATP tour with a rarity. The last 15 times Federer and Nadal were entered in the same tournament, one of them won it -- a streak that began after the 2005 Australian Open.
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January 22, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Ask Brian Viloria how his boxing career has gone and he's likely to mumble something about Death Valley and Mt. Everest. He has been a world champion twice, the first time for a year, starting in September 2005, and now, starting last April. In between was the pits, known in boxing as the Alameda Swap Meet in South L.A. The facts: Viloria is 29, the International Boxing Federation champion at 108 pounds, and will defend his title in Manila on Saturday night against Carlos Tamara.
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