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July 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
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August 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
While Usain Bolt electrified the track-and-field world championships over the weekend, the specter of performance-enhancing drugs continued to hover over the competition like a dark cloud. Marquee sprinters Tyson Gay of the U.S. and Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson of Jamaica did not make the trip to Moscow after failing recent drug tests. Other Jamaican athletes were similarly found to have banned substances in their systems. Now comes word that Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn from the 100 meters.
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July 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the track and field world championships fast approaching, Usain Bolt says he isn't going to worry about the fast times that Tyson Gay has been posting this season. "I never focus on one person," Bolt said. "It doesn't make sense. " Gay ran the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds in Switzerland on Thursday, just a little slower than the season-best 9.75 he clocked at the U.S. nationals. The American sprinter also has 2013's fastest 200-meter time at 19.74. After some early season wobbles, Bolt recently decided to remain in Jamaica for extra training.
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July 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian police raided the hotel where Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying after news broke that the Jamaican sprinters had tested positive for banned substances. The rooms of the athletes and their Canadian physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were searched and drugs were confiscated, authorities told Sky Sports . The raid took place Monday morning at a hotel in northeast Italy. No arrests were made and it was not known if the confiscated drugs were illegal or banned.
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July 3, 2010
Walter Dix spoiled Tyson Gay's return. Dix won the 200 meters in the Prefontaine Classic at Eugene, Ore., on Saturday in 19.72 seconds, edging Gay by 0.04 of a second. Gay had not competed since May because of a hamstring injury. The Prefontaine, which did not include a men's 100, was a first step toward challenging Jamaican Usain Bolt's dominance in the sprints. Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, did not compete at Saturday's meet, part of the elite IAAF Diamond League series.
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July 11, 2009 | Helene Elliott and Jim Peltz, ; Staff And Wire Reports
Tyson Gay gave notice to world-record holder Usain Bolt by running the fastest 100 meters of the year in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Gala on Friday in Rome. Gay swept past previous record-holder Asafa Powell 40 meters from the finish in a time that would have been good enough to equal the world record less than two years ago. Powell finished second in 9.88, and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake was third with 9.96.
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July 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Just weeks before the world championships in Moscow, the sport of track and field has suffered a major blow with three marquee sprinters testing positive for banned substances. American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson all acknowledged Sunday they had failed drug tests. Gay, who owns the fastest 100-meter time in the world this season, plans to withdraw from the championships. That would deprive the meet of its most-anticipated event, a showdown with six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
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June 24, 2008 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tyson Gay's mother was hardly surprised to hear that her son had dinner in a restaurant. After all, Daisy Gay Lowe said, he eats nearly every meal outside the two-bedroom furnished apartment where he lives alone while training in this Dallas suburb. It was what Gay ordered in a Cajun-style restaurant that startled his mother. "He ate that?" she said, after hearing that the leading sprinter in the United States had tucked into a dish called Grilled Mahi Mahi St.
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July 15, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field. Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis. Sunday, leading U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed they had tested positive for banned substances. There were news reports saying Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for stimulants at their national championships last month.
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June 29, 2009 | Philip Hersh
The idea for Tyson Gay was to run one and be done. As defending world champion in two events, the 100 and 200 meters, Gay needed only compete in one round of any event at the U.S. championships to claim his place in both sprints at the world championships at Berlin in August. Gay chose the 100 and ran Thursday's first round in a substantially wind-aided 9.75 seconds, fastest in the world this year under any conditions. But Gay was so upset about the way he ran that he wanted more.
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July 15, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field. Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis. Sunday, leading U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed they had tested positive for banned substances. There were news reports saying Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for stimulants at their national championships last month.
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July 14, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open on Sunday, but in an exhibition of Happy Gilmore-style golf shots the left-handed American was not up to par. A video of the run-up style drive has gone viral thanks to the European PGA Tour, of which the Scottish Open is a part. As the video shows, Mickelson, like everyone else, sized up how to approach the shot that became famous in the Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore," which features a hockey player becoming a golfer despite an unusual run-up swing.
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July 14, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tyson Gay, the reigning U.S. sprint champion at 100 and 200 meters, has tested positive for a banned substance, he said Sunday in Amsterdam. Gay, the American record-holder in the 100, will not compete in the world championships next month in Moscow after he said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that an out-of-competition drug test was positive. "I don't have a sabotage story," said Gay, who battled injuries in the last two Olympic Games and turned in disappointing results.
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July 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
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July 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the track and field world championships fast approaching, Usain Bolt says he isn't going to worry about the fast times that Tyson Gay has been posting this season. "I never focus on one person," Bolt said. "It doesn't make sense. " Gay ran the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds in Switzerland on Thursday, just a little slower than the season-best 9.75 he clocked at the U.S. nationals. The American sprinter also has 2013's fastest 200-meter time at 19.74. After some early season wobbles, Bolt recently decided to remain in Jamaica for extra training.
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July 5, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
SAN DIEGO -- When the U.S. takes the field Friday for an international friendly with Guatemala, it will mark Landon Donovan's first appearance with the team in nearly 11 months. And Juergen Klinsmann says it's up to the 31-year-old to show he has the form necessary to merit consideration for next summer's World Cup squad, should the U.S. qualify. But Donovan, who lost his spot on the national team when he took a three-month winter break from the sport, says he's not thinking that far ahead.
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June 25, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
She was trying to stay focused on her 200-meter final, beginning only 10 minutes later, but Torri Edwards did not want to miss watching Tyson Gay run the same distance Sunday afternoon at the U.S. championships. What she and 7,407 spectators saw means everyone will be watching Gay closely between now and the 2008 Olympics. "That was phenomenal," Edwards said. Despite a slight headwind, Gay won in 19.62 seconds, the second-fastest 200 in history. Only Michael Johnson's world record of 19.
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July 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian police raided the hotel where Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying after news broke that the Jamaican sprinters had tested positive for banned substances. The rooms of the athletes and their Canadian physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were searched and drugs were confiscated, authorities told Sky Sports . The raid took place Monday morning at a hotel in northeast Italy. No arrests were made and it was not known if the confiscated drugs were illegal or banned.
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August 11, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDO  - If Usain Bolt was already a legend after completing his second consecutive Olympic sprint double during these London Games, what exalted status has he reached now after running an astonishingly fast anchor leg to help Jamaica set a world record and win the 400-meter relay? The final race on the Olympic Stadium track added to the legend that is Bolt. He was a blur Saturday as he took the baton from Yohan Blake and flew to the finish line, bringing it home in 36.84 seconds.
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