The once seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has told associates that he is considering admitting to doping through his career.
The New York Times reports that Armstrong would only do this to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so that he can restore his athletic career. Armstrong had competed in numerous triathlons after he finished his cycling career.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, said of the potential admission, "I do not know about that. I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that’s really not on the table."
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete may have a lifetime ban reduced if he or she fully confesses and details how they doped, who they helped dope, and how they got away with it. Armstrong has been in contact with the US Anti-Doping Agency to try and get his lifetime ban reduced or overturned. Armstrong has also been in contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Herman has denied that his client spoke with the USADA.
There are obstacles, however, in Armstrong admitting to doping. Among them are a federal whistle blower case in which he and several members of the US Postal Service cycling team have been accused of defrauding the government by allowing doping within the team. The contract with the US Postal Service explicitly forbid doping amongst its members.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test.
ESPN's Jorge Arangure has reported, via Twitter, that the Giants slugger has tested positive for testosterone and will be suspended 50 games, effectively ending his 2012 season. MLB has confirmed the failed test and suspension.
Cabrera was having a career season with the Giants, hitting .346 with 11 home runs and was named the All-Star Game MVP in his first All-Star Game.
The Giants and Cabrera recently put talks of a contract extension on hold. Cabrera is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of this year.
After completing the historic 100 and 200 meter back to back, Usain Bolt said that he had "lost all respect" for legendary American sprinter Carl Lewis.
Lewis criticized Bolt and the Jamaica track team after he said that Jamaica's doping controls are not as strong as other participating countries. Lewis didn't name names, but has said that the Jamaicans need to strengthen their drug testing procedures.
When asked if he'd like to be compared to Lewis or another sprinting legend, Jesse Owens, Bolt said, "I'm going to say something controversial right now. Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes is really downgrading for another athlete to say something like that. I think he's just looking for attention, really, because nobody really talks much about him.
"That was really sad for me when I heard the other day what he was saying. It was upsetting. I've lost all respect for him. All respect."
Bolt said that the drug comments in particular upset him the most.
"It was all about drugs. Talking about drugs. For me, an athlete out of the sport to be saying that. That was really upsetting for me. Really upsetting," Bolt said. "To jump up and say something like that. As far as I'm concerned he's looking for attention. That's all."
Bolt steadfastly claims that he and teammates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir are clean and train really hard. The three swept the podium in the 200 meter with Blake winning silver and Weir winning the bronze.
Bolt became the first athlete to win the 200 meter twice in Olympic history and the first to the 100 and 200 meter in back to back Olympics.
Ohio State Buckeye freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn will not face marijuana charges after his mother claims that the pot was hers.
Dunn was pulled over during a routine traffic stop when police found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe in his car. The car that Dunn was driving is registered to his mother, Donna.
She arrived at the scene and claimed that the marijuana and pipe was indeed hers and not her son's.
“Based upon the content of all the evidence reviewed, I made the decision to authorize the minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead of the drug possession because throughout the entire (traffic) stop Bri’onte Dunn is consistent and denies the paraphernalia and the small amount marijuana are his,” Alliance City Law Dirctor Andrew Zumbar said. “The paraphernalia was not found on him.”
Bri'onte Dunn will however be charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, seat belt violations, and tail light violations.
US women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a warning from the US Anti Doping Agency after she had tested positive for a banned substance.
Solo will still suit up for the Americans in the Olympic Games in London.
The banned substance in question is Canrenone, a drug that can be used as a diuretic. Solo tested positive for the drug back on June 15.
Solo said in a statement, "I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic. Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way."
"As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London," she continued to say.
According to USADA rules, Solo is allowed to receive a public warning in lieu of a suspension. The rules were implemented back in 2009 after the review and revision of the WADA code.
The Oakland A's and Manny Ramirez have decided to cut ties after the team released the troubled slugger before he even suited up for a game.
Ramirez requested to be released and the team granted his wish on Friday.
The 40 year old Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Oakland back in February and played 17 games with the A's Triple-A affiliate Sacramento. Ramirez served a 50 game suspension for a second positive drug test.
Ramirez was supposed to serve a 100 game suspension, but Commissioner Bud Selig cut the suspension down to 50 games after Ramirez sat out almost all of last season.
If Ramirez were to make the Oakland squad, he'd have earned $500,000.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will not serve a 50 game suspension.
Braun went before a three member panel last month to argue that he should not serve a 50 game suspension for a failed drug test. Braun said of the panel's decision, "I am very pleased and relieved by today's decision".
Major League Baseball said in a statement that it "vehemently disagrees" with the panel's decision. The three member panel voted 2-1 to overturn Braun's suspension.
The panel consisted of MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner, MLB executive VP for labor relations Rob Manfred, and independent arbitrator Shyam Das. Das and Weiner were the ones that voted in favor of overturning Braun's suspension.
Braun has said ever since the result was announced in December, that his test was positive due to a medication that Braun has been taking. The failed test did not include a PED, but instead had a substance banned under MLB's drug policy.
In an upcoming autobiography, Oil Can Boyd has admitted that he frequently used cocaine during his MLB career.
Boyd appeared on WBZ NewsRadio to promote his book and said that he was under the influence of cocaine for "two-thirds" of the games in which he has pitched.
Boyd went on to say, ""Oh yeah, at every ballpark. There wasn't one ballpark that I probably didn't stay up all night, until 4 or 5 in the morning, and the same thing is still in your system. It's not like you have time to go do it while in the game, which I had done that."
Last year, former Boston Red Sox manager said that Boyd was too drunk to pitch in the 7th and final game of the 1986 World Series.
Boyd continued on saying, "Some of the best games I've ever, ever pitched in the major leagues, I stayed up all night; I'd say two-thirds of them. If I had went to bed, I would have won 150 ballgames in the time span that I played. I feel like my career was cut short for a lot of reasons, but I wasn't doing anything that hundreds of ballplayers weren't doing at the time, because that's how I learned it."
He also said that never in his career was he tested for drugs. "I never had a drug test as long as I played baseball," he said. "I was told that, yeah, if you don't stop doing this we're going to put you into rehab, and I told them (expletive) that (expletive). I'm going to do what I have to do. I have to win ballgames. We'll talk about that in the offseason, right now I have to win ballgames."
Boyd also believes that bigotry, not drug use, was to blame for his relatively short career.
"The reason I caught the deep end to it is because I'm black," he said. "The bottom line is the game carries a lot of bigotry, and that was an easy way for them to do it. If I wasn't outspoken and a so-called 'proud black man,' maybe I would have gotten the empathy and sympathy like other ballplayers got that I didn't get; like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Steve Howe. I can name 50 people that got third and fourth chances all because they weren't outspoken black individuals."
Boyd has attempted to make a comeback in the past years. He played for the Can-Am League's Broxton Rox in 2005 and announced in 2009 that he was trying to make a Major League comeback at the age of 49.
Boyd's autobiography, "They Call Me Oil Can: My Life in Baseball" is scheduled to be released in June.
Suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating probation.
Jolly was on probation for a drug charge and violated the terms of his probation when he was arrested in October for possession of the drug known as "purple drank". The arrest was Jolly's third drug related arrest in three years.
Judge Denise Bradley refused Jolly's tearful apology and plea for another chance and sentenced him to six years in prison.
Jolly, 28, played for the Packers in 2008 and 2009, he did not play for the Packers in their Super Bowl winning season last year. At the time of the sentencing, Jolly was indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
Disgraced former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines on Tuesday night at his Catawba, North Carolina home.
Mayfield, 42, posted a $3,000 bond and was released from jail. the Catawba County Sheriff's Office also found $100,000 worth of stolen goods in Mayfield's home. The items in question were truck parts and welding materials that belonged to two local businesses. Mayfield was also charged with possession and intent to sell marijuana.
Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR after the former Sprint Cup driver tested positive of methamphetamines in 2009. Mayfield claims the positive test was a result of mixing allergy medication and Adderall. Mayfield appealed his suspension numerous times, but each time the suspension was upheld. He sued NASCAR for the false test and remains active.
Mayfield in his career has won five Sprint Cup Series wins, his last coming in 2005 at Michigan. His best finish in the point standings was a seventh place finish in 1998. He last raced in 2009, prior to his suspension, at Richmond finishing at distant 35th. Mayfield was suspended one week later and never raced again.