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December 22, 2007
TIM RUTTEN hits bottom trying to pin the blame for baseball's descent into drugs partly on fans ["Baseball's Shame Is Our Shame Too," Dec. 15]. Such a disingenuous, unsubstantiated, blanket accusation undermines his pretense to accurate analysis. I wished Barry Bonds success, but I didn't drool over it, and if there's anything I shrug off it's the honesty of corporate sports and its equally compromised, hype-happy journalists.
August 12, 2006
In light of Floyd Landis' now questionable victory, perhaps a few new jersey categories should be up for grabs in the Tour de France. Along with the leader's yellow and jerseys for best rookie, best sprinter and best climber, might I suggest a scarlet jersey with a big "C" for cheater to be given to those who find doping an acceptable alternative to hard training and being satisfied with one's natural ability. I might also suggest a white jersey offered to all those who have never used performance-enhancing drugs.
March 21, 2005 | George Skelton
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may know more about bodybuilding than anyone. He certainly knows about steroids as a former user. But he doesn't seem to know squat about baseball. Not that a governor needs to know first base from a rosin bag. But he should know something about the impact of steroids on baseball if he's going to comment on it to make a larger point. His larger point apparently is that though steroids may be harmful to individuals, they have no significant impact on sporting outcomes.
March 31, 2011 | Maura Dolan
Retired baseball player Randy Velarde, who last played for the Oakland Athletics, testified Wednesday that Barry Bonds' former athletic trainer supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs and injected him during a series of parking lot meetings in 2002. Velarde was one of four major league ballplayers called by the prosecution in an effort to prove that Bonds lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he did not knowingly take steroids or human growth hormone. But Velarde and the other players have not implicated Bonds in their dealings with his athletic trainer, Greg Anderson.
July 31, 2009 | Associated Press
David Ortiz hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics, 8-5, on Thursday. With two runners aboard, Ortiz hit a two-out pitch from Craig Breslow (4-5) to right-center, giving Boston a 6-5 lead. The drive sailed over the Red Sox bullpen and to the right of the 420-foot sign that marks the deepest part of Fenway Park.
March 23, 2011
It's not exactly the O.J. trial, but the courtroom circus that started Monday in San Francisco could be labeled the Steroid Trial of the Century. And regardless of its outcome, it should send a powerful message to athletes young and old that taking performance-enhancing drugs isn't worth the risk. On the docket is Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants slugger who broke Major League Baseball's home run record in 2007. He is charged with lying under oath when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he had never knowingly used steroids.
March 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The lack of offers to Barry Bonds will be examined by the baseball players' association as part of its annual review of the free-agent market. Less than two weeks before opening day, the 43-year-old home run king remains unsigned. Bonds was indicted in November on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, charges stemming from grand jury testimony in 2003 in which he denied knowingly using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. The seven-time National League most valuable player pleaded not guilty.
June 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Lance Armstrong's hotly anticipated appearance at the starting line of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this fall has been all the buzz in the niche world of triathlons.  Could Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor, move on to dominate another sport? The tantalizing answer to that question might never be known. Armstrong won't be able to compete in the granddaddy of all Ironman competitions -- the Ironman World Championships held each fall in Hawaii -- due to the most recent blood-doping charges against him. The only way that will change is if the charges against him are dropped before the Oct. 13 race.
September 6, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY
In an interview that aired Friday night in Great Britain, Carl Lewis told Intervideo TV Production that some medalists in track and field's World Championships have been using performance-enhancing drugs. "There's a strange air about these championships," he said. "There are a lot of people coming out of nowhere. I don't think they are doing it without drugs. "It's a definite aid to people who have already won in these championships. I could run 9.8 or faster (in the 100 meters).
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