Feds urge judge to allow Armstrong case to proceed

Lance Armstrong. Photo: Reuters

Justice Department lawyers urged a federal judge to allow the government’s fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong to continue, arguing the US Postal Service was tainted by its sponsorship of his team while he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 11:20am

Prime minister says Jamaica standing by athletes

Portia Simpson Miller. Photo: AP

Jamaica’s leader says the Caribbean country is standing by its athletes after two of the island’s marquee sprinters and three others tested positive for banned substances.

In a Tuesday speech in Jamaica’s Parliament, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said the government values the “significant contributions they make toward engendering national pride.”

17 Jul 2013 - 11:03am

Keeping horses drug-free and safe

Photo: Kenneth Chan

The demand in horseracing for a level playing field has been taken up in Hong Kong perhaps more strenuously than elsewhere. There is arguably no more sophisticated drug-testing laboratory than that operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Little wonder, then, that tests last week picked up the banned weight and muscle-builder zilpaterol in numerous urine samples.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

Australian love affair with sport in danger of becoming an abusive relationship

Barclay Nettlefold resigned.

Lovers of Australian sport might well feel they've been jilted for much of the past year. It began at last year's London Games, where the country's Olympians won just seven gold medals, their worst total in 20 years. Its much-vaunted swim team won only one gold - in a relay - and some of its male members were accused of bullying other swimmers and taking banned sleeping medication.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Baseball's sinners have become anti-drug crusaders

Bud Selig. Photo: AP

It's great to find religion, particularly if you have been wallowing in confusion and despair. But if you are an acknowledged sinner and you find religion through guilt and previous misdeeds, it's usually embraced with the type of missionary zeal that obliterates any and all in your wake. Everybody is a sinner now except you.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:41am

Bud Selig finally takes stand on scourge of steroids in baseball

Bud Selig. Photo: AP

If you believed Ryan Braun's first alibi - and a lot of Milwaukee baseball fans did - then maybe his tale about showing up in the records of a Miami anti-ageing clinic because his lawyers needed more expertise on performance-enhancing drugs isn't so implausible after all.

7 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

Spanish anti-doping agency to appeal ruling

Eufemiano Fuentes. Photo: AP

Spain’s state anti-doping agency said it would appeal a court ruling that blood bags confiscated from a medical doctor who was sentenced on Tuesday to a year in prison for performing blood transfusions on top cyclists be destroyed.

1 May 2013 - 11:49am

LeMond says get drug testing out of UCI

Greg LeMond. Photo: AP

Professional cycling won’t clean up its doping problem until drug testing is run by someone other than the sport’s governing body, former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond said on Monday.

“Drug testing has to be separated,” from the International Cycling Union, known as UCI, LeMond said. “It’s not a game.”

23 Apr 2013 - 11:55am

IOC to re-test samples from Turin Winter Olympics

Fireworks explode above the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Photo: EPA

The International Olympic Committee is to re-test doping samples given at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin before the next Games in Sochi, Russia, subjecting them to the latest methods of detection.

30 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

A match made in [corrupt] heaven

Manny Ramirez

There is but one thing Manny Ramirez can do in life better than virtually anyone who ever lived and that is hit a baseball. Because of this singularly exceptional skill Ramirez has garnered over US$200 million in career earnings. 

17 Mar 2013 - 4:45am

Six new doping cases revealed by IAAF

Belarus' Ivan Tsikhan. Photo: AFP

The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) on Friday announced that a re-testing of samples from the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki has revealed six new cases of doping.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:04pm

Macau jockey has positive drug test

Choi Kam-fai riding Dr Sweet. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Macau-based jockey Choi Kam-fai has been stood down from riding after a random drug test sample taken from him at last Saturday's annual Hong Kong Macau Trophy meeting showed traces of a banned substance and its metabolite.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

14 Sharks players face suspension over banned drug use in Australia's NRL

The Sydney club's officials said they were fully assisting an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (Asada), which came ahead of their opening game of the 2013 season against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

8 Mar 2013 - 7:25am

Dutch ex-cyclist Michael Boogerd admits doping

Michael Boogerd of the Netherlands. Photo: Reuters

Former professional cyclist Michael Boogerd, one of the Netherlands’ most popular riders, has admitted doping for a decade during his career.

Boogerd says he used the banned blood booster EPO, cortisone and, late in his career, blood transfusions.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:44pm

Dawn Fraser urges lifelong ban on Australian Olympic swimmers who used sleeping pills

Dawn Fraser

The much-vaunted Australian relay side, who talked themselves up as the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" but failed to make a podium finish, confessed to taking Stilnox - banned by Australian team officials - for a "bonding" night.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:40am