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2009-04-01 11:17:49

Italian police Wednesday said prosecutors were seeking a ban for Spanish cycling star Alejandro Valverde for alleged doping-law violations. The proposed two-year ban stems from a blood sample collected during last year's Tour de France that was later linked to the wide-ranging Operation Mountain Pass blood-doping investigation in Spain. The blood sample was taken during an Italian stage of the event, Italy's ANSA news agency said Wednesday. Valverde, a world-class road racer, has repeatedly...

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2009-03-12 12:30:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines over the testing for muscle-building male steroids in urine have been question by a team of Swiss scientists, the AFP reported. The scientists called the tests "all but useless," saying they fail to take into account a key genetic variation that hugely affects levels of testosterone found in samples. They reported that select individuals with the variation are far less likely to breach a WADA threshold that requires closer scrutiny. While the...

2009-03-12 11:56:35

Current steroid doping tests for testosterone should be scrapped for international sport competitions, researchers in Switzerland said. Scientists at the World Anti-Doping Administration in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the current anti-doping tests should be eliminated because they ignore vital ethnic differences in hormone activity. The researchers examined the testosterone levels of 171 soccer players in six different countries -- involving 57 Africans, 32 Asians, 50 Caucasians and 32...

2009-03-05 05:00:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned athletes from using bottled or canned oxygen in training and competition in any of the sports that it governs. LAKE FOREST, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a statement from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), bottled or canned oxygen is banned under Prohibited Methods, Section M1: Enhancement of oxygen transfer: "Artificially enhancing the uptake, transport or delivery of oxygen is prohibited." By citing this Section M1 ruling,...

2009-02-28 19:25:30

At least one pro cyclist will face a doping case based on telltale changes in the blood that signal the use of performance enhancing drugs, officials say. The president of the International Cycling Union said his group was in the final stages of gathering data and legal materials to bring a case against a rider based on blood testing, The New York Times reported Saturday. ICU President Pat McQuaid said the case or cases would the first based on an athlete's blood profile, called a biological...

2009-02-28 15:05:32

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will meet Sunday with baseball officials to discuss his use of performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN reported. In the two weeks since Sports Illustrated first reported his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, the embattled slugger admitted during an ESPN interview that he used them while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He held an emotional news conference upon his arrival at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa last week, and also was...

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2009-02-27 20:24:52

U.S. prosecutors have sought an indefinite delay in the perjury trial of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds after a San Francisco judge excluded key evidence. Trial was scheduled to start Monday but prosecutors said Friday they would appeal the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston to exclude alleged positive steroid tests and other important evidence. Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader faces several counts of making false statements by telling a grand jury he never...

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2009-02-20 07:34:34

A federal judge tossed much of the evidence prosecutors said would show that baseball star Barry Bonds lied about knowingly using steroids. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled Thursday a jury may not hear about three positive steroid tests, doping calendars and other documents in the former San Francisco slugger's perjury trial, which begins March 2. Prosecutors contended the tests and other evidence showed Bonds' longtime use of performance-enhancing drugs, the San Francisco Chronicle...

2009-02-17 16:02:00

In any Olympic sport, Rodriguez would be banned at least 2 years starting now WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are showing no accountability for A-Rod's now-admitted drug abuse," asserts former White House Drug Policy spokesman Robert Weiner, who worked on the creation of both WADA and USADA, the World and U.S. Anti-Doping Agencies. Weiner, who was White House Drug Policy spokesman 1995-2001 and coordinated White House anti-drug media...

2009-02-13 16:25:57

Lance Armstrong's longtime coach said he expects the cyclist to win at least one stage of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. Coach Chris Carmichael said that while Armstrong's top goals are to bring attention to his anti-cancer campaign and help Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer win his third consecutive Tour of California, the 37-year-old cyclist may win at least one stage of the race and could even finish in the top 10, USA Today reported Friday. Carmichael said Armstrong's return to...


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