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September 27, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sending a strong message to USA Track & Field, a San Diego Superior Court jury Monday awarded Brent Noon, three-time NCAA shotput champion from the University of Georgia, almost $1 million in a suit over a 1992 drug test. Noon, 22, claimed that the national governing body for the sport illegally banned him from competition in 1992 when he failed to take the test, violated its own rules and then tried to conceal mistakes by back-dating documents.
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July 7, 2004 | Alan Abrahamson and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
USA Track & Field will not seek suspensions before the U.S. Olympic trials against any of the six U.S. athletes now facing doping charges, the group's chief executive said Tuesday. The decision could cloud the makeup of the U.S. Olympic team until even after the opening ceremony in Athens. USATF officials in recent months have stressed their devotion to a "zero tolerance" anti-doping policy.
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November 20, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The annual indoor track and field meet at the Sports Arena might live to see its 37th year after all. Promoter Al Franken has been unable to find a title sponsor to replace Sunkist, which pulled out last winter after 26 years, but he said last week that he believes he has enough secondary sponsors to stage the meet on a reduced scale. He already has the Feb. 24 date at the Sports Arena and a television contract with ESPN. All he needs now are athletes.
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April 9, 2004 | David Wharton and Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writers
As hard as the steroid controversy has hit baseball -- a new season marred by talk of tainted records -- an equally destructive storm may be on the horizon for track and field. According to sources close to a continuing federal investigation, prosecutors have evidence of steroid use among a number of athletes expected to be stars on the U.S. team that will go to the Olympic Games in Athens this summer.
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February 2, 2004 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
In a step that may prove pivotal for U.S. Olympic gold won at the 2000 Sydney Games, USA Track & Field admitted Sunday that U.S. sprinter Jerome Young had tested positive for a banned steroid in 1999 but had been cleared by a USATF panel to compete in Sydney. After tenaciously guarding Young's identity since a positive test in June 1999 for the steroid nandrolone, USATF for the first time said it would turn over key documents naming him as the athlete whose case has for years strained U.S.
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December 19, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Billingsley, the 10th-ranked hammer thrower in the United States in 1989, has been banned from competition for life, USA Track & Field announced. Billingsley, 26, of Placentia, was suspended for two years in June of 1991, after testing positive for high levels of testosterone. He would have been eligible to return to competition June 16, 1993, provided he passed further drug tests.
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February 19, 2000
I was happy to see coverage of the Saddleback Masters Relays. Given demographic trends, Masters' (over 40) track and running programs are expected to grow considerably in the years to come. But I do take issue to Martin Beck saying that track and field "is in bad shape in this country." Beck should know three things: Participation in track and running is booming, our national teams are the world's best, and public interest in the sport is rising. Track is the top junior high, high school, and college participatory sport in the U.S. More than 30 million Americans call themselves "runners."
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June 17, 1995 | JOHN ORTEGA
Kristin Dunn of Cal State Northridge concluded her college career with a controversial 10th-place finish in the women's javelin in the USA Track & Field championships Friday in Sacramento. Dunn's best official throw of 160 feet 2 inches came in the second round, but Northridge assistant Candy Roberts said that a third-round toss of "at least 180 feet" was incorrectly ruled flat. A throw is considered flat--and therefore invalid--if the tip of the javelin fails to crest parallel.
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July 22, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY
A USA Track & Field panel has recommended that intermediate hurdler Danny Harris' four-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine be reduced to two years, which would enable him to return to competition on March 1, his attorney, Michael Frisby, said Wednesday. USATF's executive committee is expected to rule on the recommendation at its next meeting in September.
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August 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
Three-time NCAA shotput champion Brent Noon of Georgia reached a settlement with UCLA in a $10-million defamation suit, the school confirmed Tuesday. Noon's father, Jim Noon, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the newspaper on Monday that the settlement reached the "high six figures." With legal fees, the suit will cost UCLA morethan $1 million, the report said.
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February 2, 2004 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
In a step that may prove pivotal for U.S. Olympic gold won at the 2000 Sydney Games, USA Track & Field admitted Sunday that U.S. sprinter Jerome Young had tested positive for a banned steroid in 1999 but had been cleared by a USATF panel to compete in Sydney. After tenaciously guarding Young's identity since a positive test in June 1999 for the steroid nandrolone, USATF for the first time said it would turn over key documents naming him as the athlete whose case has for years strained U.S.
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December 10, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Olympic Committee executive board should consider decertifying USA Track & Field if that organization continues to refuse to provide information in the Jerome Young doping case, an internal USOC report says. The report, which was dated Dec. 5 and obtained by The Times on Tuesday, says, "No United States [sports federation] should undertake to put at risk the reputation of the entire American Olympic movement over a situation with such a simple path to resolution."
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July 12, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While USA Track and Field did not intentionally cover up positive drug tests of athletes before the 2000 Summer Olympics, the organization did intentionally delay reporting results or impeded proper authorities from verifying positive drug tests, according to the findings of an independent commission. The 102-page report, which was critical of the behavior of the USATF, was issued by The Independent International Review Commission on Wednesday.
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February 19, 2000
I was happy to see coverage of the Saddleback Masters Relays. Given demographic trends, Masters' (over 40) track and running programs are expected to grow considerably in the years to come. But I do take issue to Martin Beck saying that track and field "is in bad shape in this country." Beck should know three things: Participation in track and running is booming, our national teams are the world's best, and public interest in the sport is rising. Track is the top junior high, high school, and college participatory sport in the U.S. More than 30 million Americans call themselves "runners."
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August 19, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Evelyn Ashford ruled the women's sprints before giving way to Florence Griffith Joyner, who gave way to Gail Devers, who gave way to Marion Jones. Something they all had in common besides their magnificent speed was that they seldom went to the starting line in a major championship certain that they would beat Merlene Ottey. For the two decades that Jamaica's Ottey competed at track and field's highest levels, she never could call herself the best.
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July 28, 1999 | From Staff Reports
Shelia Burrell of Reseda was second after the first day of the heptathlon in the Pan American Games at Winnipeg, Canada, on Tuesday. Burrell, who won her first USA Track & Field title in Eugene, Ore., last month, had 3,656 points after the first four events to trail Magalys Garcia of Cuba by 40 points. Burrell, an assistant at Cal State Northridge, had marks of 13.45 in the 100-meter high hurdles, 5-5 3/4 in the high jump, 42-11 1/2 in the shotput and 23.32 in the 200.
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July 7, 1995 | JOHN ORTEGA
Bryan Krill's track career will continue for at least another year after a senior season at USC that included personal bests of 20.3 seconds in the 200 meters, 45.55 in the 400 and a fourth-place finish in that event in the Pacific 10 Conference championships.
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February 11, 1995 | MAL FLORENCE
Betting on horses is commonplace, but how about betting on men and women in a track meet? It was done Friday night at an indoor meet in Reno. The Eldorado Hotel & Casino, one of the meet's sponsors, posted odds on those competing in seven men's and women's events. Ollan Cassell, executive director of USA Track & Field, said posting a betting line on track and field might be a rarity in this country, but is not unique. "The (British) always had odds on the Olympic Games," he said.
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December 2, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
There's nothing wrong with track and field that Jesse "the Mind" Ventura couldn't cure. Unfortunately, he's occupied for four years. So it's up to Dwight "the Mouth" Stones to help rescue the sport. I give him that nickname, by the way, with sincere regard. First, he makes a living as track and field's most insightful television commentator and, second, he's among the few who care about the sport who still has the energy to preach.
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August 8, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If, as the great boxer said, you can run but you can't hide, how does one explain track in the United States? Think back. It was on television, briefly, about a year ago. Some guy in gold shoes ran really fast. Twice. Some woman with really long fingernails won another race in a photo finish. Somebody named O'Brien won the event that made Bruce Jenner famous. Ring any bells? Oh, and Carl Lewis was there too. Still nothing? Let us review the dossier, then.
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