December 17, 2007
Alex Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs, telling CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview aired last night that he has never felt as if he needed them to compete. The New York Yankees slugger also said he isn't sure he's worth his record contract and described being "white like a ghost" when news of his opting out of his deal with the team broke during Game 4 of the World Series. Rodriguez's interview was aired just three days after George Mitchell's report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball was released.
February 7, 2008
Brian McNamee's lawyers said yesterday that they gave federal prosecutors physical evidence backing the personal trainer's allegation that Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs. "I think this is a significant point in the case. We believe that this is significant corroboration," said McNamee's lead lawyer, Earl Ward. McNamee's side turned over syringes with Clemens' blood to Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Jeff Novitzky in early January, a person familiar with the evidence said, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
November 17, 2007
WASHINGTON -- One day after the indictment of home run king Barry Bonds, an Illinois congressman said yesterday that he will hold a hearing on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and other sports. Rep. Bobby Rush, chairman of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said he plans to convene the hearing when Congress returns from its winter recess early next year. Rush said the timing was right, given that former senator George Mitchell soon is expected to release the results of his independent review of steroids in baseball.
February 16, 2008
A question that lingers after Wednesday's mostly frustrating congressional committee steroid hearing is what is the public appetite - or even tolerance level - for a continued exploration of who is telling the truth in the Roger Clemens case. Not that I'm suggesting there's anything that can be done to make it go away or even that it should go away. In the end, there are federal law-enforcement types out there who will determine whether there is more to be examined here - the operative word being perjury.
July 28, 1999
Here is an excerpt of an editorial from the New York Times, which was published yesterday.THE cycling world venerates the Tour de France, a race that generally covers about 2,500 miles, including a climb through mountains that makes this one of the most challenging events in all of sport.This year, an American led for 14 of the 20 stages and cruised into Paris more than seven minutes ahead of his rivals.Lance Armstrong's performance would have been remarkable in any case, but seems miraculous given that he was diagnosed just three years ago with an aggressive form of testicular cancer that had reached his abdomen, lungs and brain.
December 18, 2007
Just how do we know? How do we ever know? Maybe we're hardened cynics by now. A sorry lot of seamheads turned skeptics. Maybe our doubts and distrust are wound tighter than the string in a baseball. So let me ask you this: Do you believe Brian Roberts today? Many of us will always strongly associate baseball with our youth. Forget BALCO. And forget Barry Bonds. And forget winstrol and stanozolol and whatever human growth hormone is filling syringes down at the local gym. Instinct might forever tell us to approach the game with the same childlike innocence we always have.