Alzado never stopped steroid useLyle Alzado, battling...

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July 04, 1991

Alzado never stopped steroid use

Lyle Alzado, battling inoperable brain cancer, says there was a time in his NFL career when he spent $20,000 to $30,000 a year on the steroids and human growth hormones that he believes caused the cancer.

In a first-person article written with Shelley Smith in this week's Sports Illustrated, Alzado admits taking steroids beginning in 1969. "I never stopped," he said. "Not when I retired from the NFL in 1985. Not ever. I couldn't, and then I made things worse by using human growth hormone, too."

He said he lied when he denied to people that he was on steroids. "I had my mind set, and I did what I wanted to do," he said. "So many people tried to talk me out of what I was doing, and I wouldn't listen. And now I'm sick. I've got cancer -- brain lymphoma -- and I'm in the fight of my life."

Magazine cover girl uncovered

The model who appeared on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and was reported missing during a sailing trip arrived safely at a Florida marina yesterday, unaware that authorities were looking for her.

Police began searching for Ashley Montana, 26, and her husband Paul Montana, 24, after her mother reported that the couple failed to return to their home in New York City yesterday. The couple turned up safely in Miami aboard a chartered boat that was one hour overdue.

Ashley Montana said a change in plans led to the confusion.

"At the last minute, I found out I wasn't going to be working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I thought, 'Let's just make a really nice holiday out of this.' And I was never in a port that I could call from," she said.

Said Ashley's mother, Peggy Richardson, after talking with her daughter: "I'm just thrilled. I'm gonna kill her, but I'm thrilled everything ended up well."

The quote

Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics was asked whether he would like to go home to Florida and play with the Miami expansion team: "Are you kidding? The way they boo me here, they'd be throwing hand grenades at me there."

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