[Cevdopagem] DAILY SPORTS NEWS – JANUARY 20 2006

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One man's vote (if he had one): No way

By Gene Wojciechowski

ESPN.com

Better baseball through chemistry isn't how you get into the Hall of Fame.

Invoking, in essence, the Fifth Amendment, isn't how you get into the Hall 
of Fame.

Making promises you're unable -- or unwilling -- to keep isn't how you get 
into the Hall of Fame.

And yet, Mark McGwire will be eligible for induction into the HOF Class of 
2007, which is like Joe Paterno being asked to deliver the keynote speech at 
the annual NOW convention.

I don't have a Hall of Fame vote (those are reserved for members of the 
Baseball Writers Association of America with at least 10 years of active 
service), but if I did, McGwire's name would be written on my ballot right 
after I jotted the Phillie Phanatic's name, followed by Black Sox pitcher 
Eddie Cicotte, and Marv Throneberry of the 120-loss 1962 New York Mets. I 
wouldn't let McGwire within a solar system of my No. 2 pencil, not until he 
quits hiding behind the law firm of, I'm Not Here To Talk About The Past & 
Associates.

That's what he said last March during his testimony -- if you can call it 
that -- before the House Government Reform Committee. When asked repeatedly 
if he had used steroids, McGwire answered, "I'm not here to talk about the 
past." It was as if the phrase were pine-tarred to his vocal cords.

Other McGwire reliables included: "My lawyer has advised me that I cannot 
answer these questions without jeopardizing my friends, my family and 
myself." And: "Like I've said earlier, I'm not going to go in the past and 
talk about my past. I'm here to make a positive influence on this."

But entry into the Hall of Fame is determined exactly by what McGwire fears 
the most: the past. The past is where his 583 career home runs reside. The 
past is where he broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record. The past 
is where he took the then-legal Androstenedione, and who knows what else. 
Whatever he took, McGwire was so terrified to talk about those substances 
last March that he humiliated himself in front of a congressman from St. 
Louis, and did so on national television.

The past is what BBWAA members must use to judge McGwire's worthiness for 
the Hall of Fame. Right now, McGwire's bronze plaque would feature him 
wearing a St. Louis Cardinals cap with eyes closed, mouth shut and hands 
covering ears.

McGwire's silence is more revealing than his March madness performance. It's 
the reason I'd be stunned if he joins no-brainer inductees Tony Gwynn and 
Cal Ripken Jr. in the Class of '07. And until he's willing to end his 
self-imposed gag order, I wouldn't even consider McGwire for '08, '09, 
'0-whenever.

There are hitters in the Hall of Fame who likely used corked bats on 
occasion to add to their numbers. There are pitchers in the Hall of Fame who 
almost certainly loaded up the ball once or twice (or more) during their 
careers. But prescription baseball is a level of cheating so obscene, so 
arrogant in nature (and yet, conveniently ignored by MLB and the players 
union during glorious 1998), that it prompted a congressional hearing.

I wouldn't vote for McGwire. I wouldn't vote for Sammy Sosa when he became 
eligible, not just because he suddenly forgot how to speak English at those 
congressional hearings, but because time has created more questions than 
answers about his career numbers (a 36-homer/34-stolen base guy in 1995, a 
66/18 guy in '98, 64/0 in '01, a 14/1 guy in '05?). And I wouldn't vote for 
Barry Bonds, who uses the Ignorance Defense when it comes to steroid use. In 
short, he says he didn't know the "flaxseed oil" given to him by his trainer 
was really steroid cream.

If I had one of those precious votes, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

You can argue that steroids weren't banned by Major League Baseball until 
the 2003 season. McGwire first broke Maris' record in '98; Sosa, too. Bonds 
hit his 73 dingers in 2001, the same year McGwire retired. So the juice was 
legal until then, but was it ethical?

You can say -- as Jose Canseco (who also is eligible for the 2007 HOF 
ballot) has maintained -- that steroid use wasn't uncommon on many MLB 
rosters. One big-league team executive told me of the time he saw a 
perennial All-Star with back acne so severe (a steroid giveaway) "that it 
looked like his back had been been on fire and somebody put it out with 
track shoes."

But since when does the "more-than-a-few-players-did-it" argument justify 
entrance into something as sacred as the Hall of Fame? Once you're in the 
Hall of Fame, you're in. No player has ever been booted after the fact, 
though Section 9 of the HOF election rules allows for amendments.

There's a line in a Tom Clancy movie, delivered after Harrison Ford's CIA 
character confronts a scheming government official. The official accuses 
Ford of being a "Boy Scout," of seeing everything in "black and white."

"Not black and white," Ford says. "Right and wrong."

McGwire's candidacy is a Hall of Fame referendum on right and wrong. Right 
is being candid with the people who cheered you in 1998. Wrong is 
stonewalling the past and then failing to follow through on a vow to fight 
steroid abuse.

I wish McGwire would give me a reason to believe him, or more important, to 
believe in him. But that's the problem when you refuse to talk about the 
past. Nobody knows how many of those 583 home runs belonged to you, or to 
better chemistry.

Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can 
contact him at gene.wojciechowski em espn3.com.


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The Drug Case of Zack Lund

Will America's best skeleton slider reach the Turin Games? Or will he lose 
his spot because he took n anti-balding drug that includes a prohibited 
substance?

An update on the hair-raising case.

Lund received a provisional nomination to the U.S. team over the weekend but 
is awaiting word from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency whether it plans to file a 
drug violation against him. Lund's L.A.-based attorney, Howard Jacobs, told 
the Mercury News today that he expects the case to be resolved by early next 
week.

U.S. Olympic Committee officials have until Jan. 30 to officially name the 
team. Jacobs, who is a specialist when it comes to defending athletes in 
anti-doping cases, sounded supremely confident. He said Lund's defense that 
he used the hair restoration product Proscar, which contains finasteride Ka 
masking agent believed to hide the use of anabolic steroids), is well 
documented.

""I don't think anyone is going to come in and say this guy is using 
steroids,'' Jacobs told me. The case, he said, ""certainly stretches the 
bounds of the anti-doping movement.''

An anti-doping official declined to comment.

Posted by ealmond on January 19, 2006 at 03:06 PM in Drugs, Elliott Almond, 
Olympics

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Bode Miller Let the Genie Out of the Bottle, or Was That the Keg?

By Nanthaniel Vinton

KITZBÜHEL, Austria, Jan. 19 - If Bode Miller wanted to forget about the idea 
of drunken skiing this week, he should have gone anywhere but Kitzbühel, the 
medieval Tyrolean town that over the next three days will play host to one 
of the biggest parties in the sporting world.

But of course Miller never leaves the Alpine skiing World Cup, which has 
come to Kitzbühel for three races, including the Hahnenkamm downhill on 
Saturday - the most prestigious and dangerous ski race in the world. 
Miller's teammate Daron Rahlves is the favorite.

In recent years, as many as 100,000 fans have packed into this town of 8,000 
for the three days of racing, which begins Friday, and most of them have 
disregarded the recent ban on schnapps during the races. Many will not 
bother to find hotel rooms, but instead will go from the downhill course to 
the pubs, stay up all night, and return to the mountainside for the slalom 
Sunday.

This is the backdrop for Miller and the American men's ski team as they try 
to distance themselves from Miller's quote heard around the world: "If you 
ever tried to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy."

Miller delivered that line on "60 Minutes" on Jan. 8, and the CBS advance 
news release promoting the segment turned his words into a miniscandal a few 
weeks before the opening of the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

"Why make that such a big story and not make a bigger story of the success 
we've all had?" said Rahlves, who has won three World Cup downhills this 
year and is the runaway favorite for the Olympic race.

But as the general public in the United States is discovering an excellent 
ski team (ranked second behind the seemingly invincible Austrians), it is 
also discovering that ski racing's deep drinking culture is alive and well, 
in part a product of a schedule that keeps the racers on the road 250 days a 
year, mostly in Europe.

And nowhere is the sport's relationship with alcohol on more prominent 
display than in Kitzbühel on one Saturday night each season when the world's 
top racers finish the terrifying Streif course - an unrelenting icy 
staircase - and head to the jam-packed Londoner pub, where they get behind 
the bar and spend the entire night pouring beers and celebrating because 
their limbs are still attached.

"Franz Klammer always said that if you come down alive from the Streif, then 
you're entitled to have a party," said Nina Gunnell, whose father, Rik, 
founded the Londoner in 1976.

"It's always been like that," Rahlves said. "That's how it is. It's part of 
the sport. Why downplay it?"

The Canadian ski team started the custom, which over 30 years has evolved 
into an initiation rite for World Cup downhillers. Not until they finish the 
course are they allowed to take a turn at the taps. Most of the beer they 
pour (and Gunnell has ordered 140 kegs for this weekend) ends up flying 
through the steamy air, landing on the racers' fan clubs.

"That's what sometimes people misunderstand is that were not drinking it, 
were just throwing it on each other," Gunnell said. She maintains that the 
Londoner experience is a healthy way to unwind after the monthlong buildup 
to the Streif, which comes at the end of a string of important downhills.

Rahlves and his pals, particularly the North Americans, seem to cherish the 
Londoner tradition. "We're over here for six months," said Manny 
Osborne-Paradis of Canada, a Kitzbühel rookie hoping to tend bar Saturday. 
"You gotta let loose a little bit. It's not like we can go home between each 
race and see our families."

Said Christin Cooper, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist in the giant slalom: 
"People love the image of these colorful characters that are kind of wild, 
so does the F.I.S. and so do sponsors and so does the U.S. Ski Team. What 
goes along with that is that your whole life has to be dedicated to a 
hard-charging way of life." Cooper was referring to the international body 
that governs skiing, the Fédération Internationale de Ski.

But the party at the Londoner has been costly for American skiing. In 1997, 
the Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe was sidelined for most of the season 
after cutting his thumb on broken glass while trying to jump over the bar. 
In 2004, Rahlves got so sick afterward that he lost his advantage in the 
downhill standings. Rahlves had the flu, but he admitted that the Londoner 
experience had made him vulnerable, and made him commit afterward to 
reducing his in-season drinking.

That was a tactical decision, not a public-relations move to satisfy the 
scolds. The coaches and the administrators who oversee the American men's 
team are the first to admit they keep the skiers on a looser leash than some 
of the other top teams, like the Austrians. They say that many of their 
athletes, including Miller, are fiercely independent and would not accept a 
rigid structure.

"We're trying our hardest to have a good time and manage the workload and 
focus on the long, long, long blocks of time on the road," Phil McNichol, 
the coach of the United States men's team, suggested in an interview in 
November. "It's a balancing act because it doesn't take much to step over 
the line."

Rahlves resented the way Miller was attacked for talking about drinking. 
It's important to note that Miller never suggested he drank before a 
downhill, the race where the skiers reach speeds of more than 90 miles an 
hour.

"We all downplay it to be a little more professional, but everybody goes out 
and has fun," said Rahlves, who tastes a shot of hypocrisy in the "60 
Minutes" affair. "Everybody knows what Hermann does, and that's way worse 
than Bode's ever gone." Rahlves was referring to the Austrian star Hermann 
Maier.

Rahlves might be right about Maier, who, at the peak of his powers, in 1998, 
was arrested in Aspen, Colo., after capping a long evening by stealing a 
car, a bicycle and a forklift in quick succession.

But the Austrian team is generally more discreet about its nocturnal habits, 
in part because it is so competitive and there is not much room for 
rebellion. "We have to keep our spot on the team," said Fritz Strobl of 
Austria, the reigning Olympic downhill champion.

It is not unheard of for journalists to walk into a bar past midnight in a 
town holding a World Cup event and find the Austrian or Swiss ski team 
hunkering over tall mugs of beer as they sing their country's somber farming 
songs.

But because the Alpine World Cup takes place in much more intimate settings 
than American professional sports, a nondisclosure pact seems to have 
developed between athletes and the skiing news media.

"I suppose you could call it an unspoken code that ski reporters tend not to 
write about the drinking," Steve Porino, a former World Cup downhiller who 
now is a commentator for the Outdoor Life Network, said in an e-mail 
message.

There are exceptions to the nondisclosure agreement. That is where Miller 
comes in. Long before the "60 Minutes" story, Miller was trying to tip that 
glass over, frankly and colorfully discussing his nightlife with reporters.

Few used their pens in 2004, when Miller won a World Cup slalom in St. 
Anton, Austria. He arrived at the postrace news conference to find, sitting 
beside the microphone, a tall glass of beer from the race sponsor, Gösser.

Miller drank it, but a young woman from the organizing committee quickly 
brought out a second glass. As soon as he had exhausted his questioners and 
the second drink, he was directed to the V.I.P. tent, where the Austrian 
skiing icon Karl Schranz had requested his presence.

Schranz is something like royalty in St. Anton, so Miller had little choice 
but to oblige, even though he was still wearing the Lycra speed suit that 
had been drenched with Champagne during his podium celebration. It was hard 
for anyone watching the proceedings to fault Miller for tipsiness when the 
sport was throwing so much booze at him, literally.

And it was hard for Miller not to accept the invitation. After all, Schranz 
had even offered to buy him a beer.


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Vietnam produces performance-enhancing drugs for athletes

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese scientists have succeeded in producing two kinds of natural 
substances that could enhance athletes’ performances.

The Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday that Taxaton and Saraton would 
increase the natural testosterone level and the amount of red blood cells, 
and enhance oxygen inhibition. Testosterone is a hormone from the androgen 
group and is secreted in males.

Trials have been carried out on volunteers and athletes since 2003 and the 
drugs found safe with no apparent side effects.

The two are mainly manufactured from snake products and local, natural 
medicinal herbs. They are high in organic zinc which have been proven to 
speed up the recovery of muscles.

The Institute of Biological Technology tied up with the University of 
Technology’s Centre for Sport Health and the Central Pharmaceutical 
Materials Company No. 1 to produce Taxaton and Saraton.

It is not known when the drugs will be launched.

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Drugs derail Jeanson

By Pat Hickey

The Gazette

Friday, January 20, 2006

Genevieve Jeanson was the queen of Mount Royal, but we'll never know how 
good she could have been.

Jeanson, who won the women's World Cup cycling race over Mount Royal an 
incredible four times in five years, has been barred from competitive 
cycling for life after testing positive for EPO at a race last summer in 
Altoona, Pa.

Jeanson told La Presse she would fight to clear her name - she is scheduled 
to appear at a spring arbitration hearing in the United States - but she 
also said she was retiring from competition at 24, an age when most elite 
cyclists are heading into the prime of their careers.

The Lachine cyclist's career has had as many ups and downs as the Mount 
Royal course where she forged her reputation as a gutsy fighter who took on 
the best women cyclists in the world and won. But her latest brush with 
controversy raises the possibility that her victories were less the product 
of hard work and God-given talent, and more the result of a chemically 
induced boost.

The failed test in Altoona is actually the first of her career, but it goes 
into the books as a second offence because she failed to appear for a test 
at a 2004 World Cup race in Belgium. She escaped a suspension for that 
offence, but was fined.

The timing of the latest test was a bit of a surprise. She tested positive 
after the prologue of the Tour de 'Toona, a relatively minor race.

"It almost sounds as if she wanted to get caught," one cycling insider 
suggested.

"It's not as if winning in Altoona is like winning a gold medal."

Jeanson's test showed an abnormally high level of EPO, a drug that promotes 
the development of oxygen-rich red blood cells.

Her lawyer noted that a second test 60 hours later showed a normal level of 
EPO and it was impossible to have such a variation in the two tests. That 
argument was rejected by U.S. officials, who have jurisdiction over Jeanson 
because she has been unable to obtain a racing licence in Canada since she 
was involved in a series of controversies, beginning with the 2003 world 
championships in Hamilton.

There were high hopes for Jeanson after she beat arch-rival Lyne Bessette of 
Knowlton for the Canadian road championship in Hamilton. But a prerace test 
showed that Jeanson had a dangerously high level of red blood cells and she 
was barred from competing.

While she was waiting to be reinstated, her name surfaced during an 
investigation into Dr. Maurice Duquette. The inquiry claimed that Duquette 
illegally prescribed EPO to a high-level cyclist. Duquette denied the 
cyclist was Jeanson.

But Quebec cycling officials used the inquiry to put pressure on Jeanson and 
coach Andre Aubut, a former paddling coach who was regarded as an outsider. 
They refused to give her a licence and she eventually obtained a U.S. 
licence in Arizona.

The licence wrangle forced Jeanson to miss the start of the season. Her 
frustration mounted after the missed test in Belgium. Jeanson was tested 
before the race and said she missed the post-race test because she was upset 
by the treatment she received and didn't expect to be tested again.

She surprised many by ignoring the controversy and defending her World Cup 
title on Mount Royal. Her dominating performance raised Canadian hopes for a 
medal at the Athens Olympics, but she fell apart at the Canadian 
championships and failed to make the team.

That failure reinforced the belief that her association with Aubut was a 
problem.While she seemed to relish the demanding training schedules 
prescribed by Aubut, she missed three world championships because of 
injuries. She and Aubut never grasped that while road racing is an 
individual sport, there is a necessary element of co-operation among 
teammates and rivals.

Last fall, Jeanson begged off from the championships because of fatigue, but 
the positive test at Altoona no doubt factored into her decision.

Kris Westwood, the director of high-performance programs, for the Canadian 
Cycling Association, said he hasn't received any notification of a ban. 
Jeanson is the highest-ranked Canadian road racer in the Union Cycliste 
International rankings at No. 29, but has been in the top 15.

Daniel Manibal, the organizer of the Mount Royal event, heard the news 
yesterday while in Boston on a business trip.

"It's a tragedy, but if she tested positive, it shows that we're doing what 
we have to do to give our sport credibility," Manibal said. While he's 
losing one of the top attractions for his race, Manibal noted that Jeanson 
and Bessette have inspired a crop of young stars, headed by Audrey Lemieux.

But Jeanson's legacy won't be that of a role model, rather one of a talented 
athlete who blew her chance for greatness.



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Le défenseur Bryan Berard, des Blue Jackets, a failli à un test anti-dopage

Presse Canadienne (Francais)

Thu 19 Jan 2006

Section: Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (PC) _ Selon des informations obtenues par la Presse 
Canadienne, le défenseur Bryan Berard, des Blue Jackets de Columbus, aurait 
failli à un test anti-dopage quand il tentait de mériter un poste avec 
l'équipe olympique américaine de hockey.

Le test n'aurait rien à voir avec le nouveau programme anti-dopage de la 
Ligue nationale, programme qui a été mis sur pied dimanche.

Berard aurait plutôt failli à un test d'urine en novembre dernier, test 
administré par l'Agence anti-dopage des Etats-Unis.

Finalement, Berard n'avait pas été choisi pour représenter les Etats-Unis 
aux Jeux de Turin.

Le joueur de 28 ans n'a pas été sanctionné par la LNH, mais il sera écarté 
des événements internationaux par Hockey USA pour deux ans.

Il a représenté les Etats-Unis aux Jeux de Nagano en 1998, mais pas à ceux 
de Salt Lake City en 2002.

En 550 matches dans la Ligue nationale, il a marqué 68 buts et récolté 225 
points. En plus de jouer à Columbus, il a évolué à Toronto, à New York avec 
les Rangers et les Islanders, à Boston et Chicago.

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