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July 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Major League Baseball's decision to terminate a veteran umpire last month after a reported positive drug test stirs questions about the consequences of sports' arbiters slipping to possible outcome-altering temptation. "Just because you're a sports official at the highest level doesn't mean you don't have troubles," said Barry Mano, president of the National Assn. of Sports Officials. "We pride ourselves on who we are - people of integrity with high values and strong character. "It doesn't mean there aren't missteps or wrong decisions.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
With sports officials gathered in South Africa for the World Conference on Doping in Sport, the head of the International Olympic Committee had a tough message for Lance Armstrong. IOC President Thomas Bach said he does not think Armstrong's lifetime ban should be lessened, even if the disgraced cyclist cooperates with officials digging into cycling's troubled past. "I would not feel comfortable with [reducing the ban] because it is too little, too late," Bach told the Associated Press.
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SPORTS
November 25, 1988
An Olympic anti-doping charter, aimed at involving governments in the fight on drug use in sports, was approved Thursday by sports officials from more than 70 nations. The charter, which places responsibility for combatting drug use with domestic sports authorities, governments and international sports federations, is a procedural document and a moral statement of values.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
As if FIFA didn't have enough enemies already, now a coalition of winter sports federations is threatening to gang up on the controversial governing body for soccer. The problem is, FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to the country of Qatar. When officials realized that the Persian Gulf gets hot in the summer -- really hot -- they began talking about moving the event to wintertime. The International Olympic Committee immediately voiced its concern about the prospect of staging the world's two biggest sporting events at the same time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
Officials of several youth and sports organizations in the city castigated two members of the City Council this week for saying the president of the local Little League had an apparent conflict of interest that caused them to oppose his appointment to the Parks, Recreation and Human Services Commission.
SPORTS
December 13, 1989
The leadership of East Germany's embattled sports federation resigned Tuesday in response to mounting public criticism of excessive government support of elite athletes. President Klaus Eichler, his five vice presidents and the entire secretariat quit the German Gymnastics and Sports Federation (DTSB) in an emergency session at the Kienbaum training camp east of Berlin.
SPORTS
March 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
Ben Johnson's coach testified today that the chairman of the Canadian Track and Field Assn. agreed to try to warn him if his agency instituted random drug testing before the Seoul Olympics. The official, Jean-Guy Ouellette, who was outside the hearing room, promptly denied the allegation by Charlie Francis. The coach, ending 18 hours of direct testimony at a Canadian inquiry into drugs and sports, said he argued against random testing in discussions with Ouellette.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
A ban on booing? The idea has drawn a lot of jeers here. Amid concerns that unruly and profane fans are degrading high school sportsmanship, the association that oversees competition in Washington state is considering revisions to its code of conduct for spectators. And, after one Seattle newspaper reported over the weekend that it was considering a new "boo ban," the organization found itself enmeshed in controversy -- and flooded with phone calls -- over the concept.
SPORTS
April 17, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When asked last week whether elite sports in the Soviet Union will survive the country's restructuring, known as perestroika , Alexander Kozlovsky, deputy chairman of the country's state-controlled sports committee, Goskomsport, responded with a story. He said he was touring Leningrad a few years ago, when a friend asked why the beautiful Summer Garden, built in 1720 by Peter the Great, was not destroyed during the Russian Revolution.
SPORTS
February 21, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The unprecedented weekend police search of Austrian Olympic skiers' quarters could signal a tough new approach in the campaign to eradicate doping in international sports, authorities and experts said Monday. Authorities seized 30 packages of antidepressants, asthma medication and 100 syringes, some used, Italian state prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello told Austrian television.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
There isn't much chance the uproar over Russia's new anti-gay law will die down before the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Not if Russian officials keep stoking the flames. In an interview with World Football Insider , the country's World Cup chief chose some interesting words to defend the legislation, which bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations. " Among other things, Alexey Sorokin put gays in the same category as Nazis.  “The Olympics and World Cup are not a stage for various views ...," he told the Internet publication.
SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | By David Wharton
With leading sports officials and world leaders continuing to voice concerns, the International Olympic Committee has asked the Russian government for reassurance that the country's new anti-gay law will not be enforced on athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The law bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," including discussion of gay rights and relationships where children might overhear. The Russians provided some form of assurance on Thursday but the IOC wants more.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Major League Baseball's decision to terminate a veteran umpire last month after a reported positive drug test stirs questions about the consequences of sports' arbiters slipping to possible outcome-altering temptation. "Just because you're a sports official at the highest level doesn't mean you don't have troubles," said Barry Mano, president of the National Assn. of Sports Officials. "We pride ourselves on who we are - people of integrity with high values and strong character. "It doesn't mean there aren't missteps or wrong decisions.
SPORTS
September 29, 2012 | T.J. Simers
BOULDER, Colo. -- Proving it was no fluke when Sacramento State, Colorado State and Fresno State somehow found a way to beat Colorado, UCLA did the same Saturday. The gutty little Bruins, while not winning by 55 like mighty Fresno State, did a fantastic job of holding on to win by 28 and cover the 20-point spread. Hail to Rick Neuheisel's players for rising to the occasion and Jim Mora for getting to the bottom of what has undermined the Bruins' chances of success for so long.
SPORTS
July 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee known as the Blade Runner, will get to compete in the London Olympic Games in not only the 1,600-meter relay but also his favorite event, the 400 meters. South Africa named Pistorius, 25, to the team as a competitor in the 400, making him the first amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics. The multiple Paralympic champion announced on Twitter: “Will be in @London2012 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games! Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am!
WORLD
April 27, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS, Greece - Ancient Greeks invented the Olympics and the nation's athletes have remained loyal participants throughout the years, but contemporary Greeks are struggling to make the Summer Games in London. With less than three weeks before the May 10 flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia, which starts the official countdown to the late-July opening of the Games, Olympic preparations are limping along because of Greece's economic crisis and the government's austerity measures.
SPORTS
April 29, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
A spokesman for the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) said Thursday that the sport's governing body is aware that countries make deals to fix scoring in competitions, but said the collaboration is difficult to police. "Everybody is aware of this thing, but no one can prove it," said Frank Edmond, vice president of FIG. Edmond, reached in Bristol, England, was responding to a claim by Greg Marsden, former U.S.
SPORTS
October 3, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Amusement park rides aren't nearly as scary as the upper reaches of Pengrowth Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, which is why news that the team's goal judges would be stationed in the thin air of the catwalk sounded like a bad joke. So, Pluto was unavailable? Maybe they're planning on playing U2's "Vertigo" when a goal is scored. And just an idle thought, will these goal judges be given high-powered binoculars along with their official blazers at Thursday's home opener?
SPORTS
August 1, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
DENVER -- Sports officials from across the nation ended a three-day summit Tuesday determined to rebuild their credibility, despite the industry being shadowed by what one official described as "the dark cloud of Donaghy." The sports community gathered less than two weeks after reports that veteran NBA official Tim Donaghy gambled and provided inside information on league games he worked. "We should feel ashamed by what happened, but not ashamed of our effort," National Assn.
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