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October 21, 1991

Drugs and track and money

Drug abuse is still rife in track and field despite attempts to crack down, world mile record-holder Steve Cram of Britain says.

"It's always going to be there, there's just too much money at stake," Cram was quoted as saying in the Sydney (Australia) Sunday Telegraph.

"Drugs remain the biggest threat to our sport, the biggest problem we have and there's obviously a lot more work which has to be done. I'd just like to see all drug takers pursued with the same effort as went into catching Ben Johnson."

Cram said Johnson, the Canadian sprinter, was made a scapegoat by track officials when he tested positive for steroid use at the 1988 Olympics.

"I have no evidence to back it up, but at the time people needed to make an example and Ben was the perfect one," Cram said. "He was Canadian, black and not the brightest athlete in the world. I'm not saying Ben wasn't guilty of taking drugs. But I do think that more effort went into catching him than it did into

trying to catch some others."

And good riddance

Center James Donaldson finally has let it be known, in no uncertain terms, just what the Dallas Mavericks thought about teammate Roy Tarpley's many unexplained absences.

"We finally have had it," he said. "It's at a point where the team just can't take it anymore.

"We were even to a point of all of us players putting our money together and rounding together $3 million and just get him out of here for the season, and let us get on with the season and redeem ourselves for the problems we had last year."

And Donaldson said that before Tarpley was suspended from the NBA for life for violating the league's drug policy.

The quote

Texas football coach David McWilliams, about the end of the Longhorns' storied series against Arkansas: "It's not a real sadness, but a football sadness. Not sad-sad like if my cat was gone. It's not that kind of a sadness."

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