July 21, 2016 |
BECAUSE MAJOR League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and the NCAA do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the international quasi-judicial body rarely crosses the consciousness of the American sports fan. On Thursday, however, the CAS will render a verdict that will have major ramifications on the biggest sporting event on the planet - the 2016 Summer Olympics. In June the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) banned track and field athletes from Russia from competing in the Olympics next month in Rio de Janeiro because of an alleged state-sponsored doping scandal.
May 1, 2013 |
THE PGA TOUR dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh yesterday based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor. "The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr. Singh," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. Finchem said Singh's appeal of the sanctions was almost over when WADA, which had warned about the spray in February, told the tour Friday it no longer considers the use of deer antler spray to be prohibited except for a positive test result.
January 16, 2013 |
THE WORLD Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday Lance Armstrong must confess under oath to seek a reduction in his lifetime ban from sports for doping during seven Tour de France victories. WADA said it "read with interest media reports suggesting a television 'confession' made by Lance Armstrong" to talk-show host Oprah Winfrey on Monday. Armstrong reportedly hopes to return to competition in recognized triathlon events. However, WADA says "only when Mr. Armstrong makes a full confession under oath - and tells the anti-doping authorities all he knows about doping activities - can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence.
October 13, 2012 |
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - World Anti-Doping Agency director-general David Howman said Lance Armstrong pursued what appears to be a systematic doping program for a decade "probably with the knowledge" of people who were charged with detecting drug cheats. Howman told New Zealand's LiveSport Radio on Friday that Armstrong's repeated claim he has never tested positive for a banned substance could no longer be regarded as proof of his innocence. "What seems to have happened in this particular scenario is that it went on for many years under the noses of those who were supposed to be detecting it and at times probably with their knowledge," Howman told the New Zealand program from WADA's headquarters in Montreal.
September 28, 2012 |
KENYA'S TRACK federation is investigating accusations of doping among its famed distance runners and said Thursday it asked the World Anti-Doping Agency and police for help. Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat told the Associated Press that his organization was looking into allegations by a German reporter and Kenyan athlete that performance-enhancing substances were being made available to runners by people posing as doctors. Although Kiplagat insisted Kenyan runners were "very clean," the federation was still apparently concerned enough to investigate after earlier denying there was a problem.
July 23, 2012 |
Any short list of the world's great intersections includes the city of London, which is part of why the 2012 Summer Olympics will open there on Friday. Newly knighted and proud of queen and country, Sir Andrew Witty is of a like mind: Since becoming chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. in 2008, he has taken pharmaceutical operations back to England, closer to Glaxo headquarters in the Brentford section of London. But he has also pushed the company into the far corners of the globe so as to be less dependent on "selling white pills in Western markets.
February 8, 2012 |
LAWYERS ARE seeking class-action status for a lawsuit that claims Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett has been falsely advertising necklaces and bracelets as being able to help improve health and sports performance. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Des Moines, Iowa, claims Spokane Valley, Wash.-based Brett Bros. Sports International Inc. has falsely claimed its Ionic Necklaces help customers relieve pain in the neck, shoulders and upper back, recover from sports fatigue and improve focus.
November 18, 2011 |
IT WAS A successful day for the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia. Not so for Tiger Woods. Adam Scott and K.J. Choi were relentless yesterday at Royal Melbourne in dishing out the worst loss for Woods in any format of match play. The International tandem defeated Woods and Steve Stricker, 7 and 6, tying the record for biggest margin of victory in Presidents Cup history. Woods and Stricker, undefeated 2 years ago, turned out to be the only negative for the Americans.
September 9, 2011
ESPN is betting that, yes, fans are ready for some football. More football in more places. The network agreed with the league on an eight-year contract extension that keeps Monday Night Football on ESPN through the 2021 season, boosts the amount of programming shown on the already football-saturated family of networks, and brings it to phones and tablets. The deal is worth $1.9 billion a year for a total of $15.2 billion over the length of the contract, two people with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press.
June 17, 2011
The director of the antidoping lab for the 2012 London Olympics has a warning for any athletes considering using banned substances. "If you want to take drugs don't come to London - because we'll catch you if you take drugs," professor David Cowan said at the end of a World Anti-Doping Association symposium on Thursday in Rome. Cowan heads King's College London's Drug Control Center, the only WADA-accredited lab in Britain. "The IOC is aiming to test more and more athletes," Cowan said.