Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cyclist Davide Rebellin Loses Doping Appeal

Cyclist Davide Rebellin lost an appeal yesterday which stripped him of his 2008 Olympic silver medal because of doping.  Months after the Beijing Games the IOC retested samples and found traces of the advanced EPO drug CERA.  Rebellin could be stripped of other race results and be suspended by cycling's governing body.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Author Declan Hill Risks Life in Pursuit of Fixers in Football

Now that the World Cup is over did you notice any weird games?  Horrible referee's with phantom calls and overabundance of yellow and red cards, goals too easy to miss, fake injuries, etc.  Check out Declan Hill's book The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime.

The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. Intriguing, riveting, and compelling, it tells the story of an investigative journalist who sets out to examine the world of match-fixing in professional soccer.

From the Introduction:

Understand how gambling fixers work to corrupt a soccer game and you will understand how they move into a basketball league, a cricket tournament, or a tennis match (all places, by the way, that criminal fixers have moved into). My views on soccer have changed. I still love the Saturday-morning game between amateurs: the camaraderie and the fresh smell of grass. But the professional game leaves me cold. I hope you will understand why after reading the book. I think you may never look at sport in the same way again.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Koscheck hopes GSP not greasing or juicing.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been accused by several fighters of greasing and taking steroids in the past so this just ads to the fire as Josh Koscheck wants Olympic-style testing.  Koscheck and St-Pierre will face off at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter season 12 which is currently taping.  For more on this story check out Caged Insider.

Monday, July 12, 2010

South Korean Pole Vaulter Banned for Doping

South Korea women's record-holding pole vaulter Lim Eun-ji has been suspended for three months after testing positive for the diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide.  Lim is a contender for a medal at the coming Asian games later this year if she doesn't get into any more hot water.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Horses on Steroids

Yes even horses take steroids to get an unfair advantage and win races.  Horse trainers Mary Wolfson and Nick Canani were fined after their horses were found to have prohibited substances in test samples.  Wolfson was fined $3,000 after horses Jessica Is Back and Miss Singhsix finished second and third in the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course with positive tests for prednisone, a synthetic steroid.  Canini was fined $1,000 and suspended 15 days after his horse Copper Forest won the second race at Arlington on May 6 and tested positive for etodolac, a banned non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Alonso Accuses Hamilton in Race-fix Storm

Controversy struck at last weekends F1 European Grand Prix when driver Fernando Alonso accused the sport's governing body of fixing the race to assist 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton.  After Mark Webber's insane crash the safety car was deployed which is not to be passed.  Alonso slowed but Hamilton directly in front of him roared on.  Hamilton claimed the safety car was not out of the pits at the time and therefore he did not have to wait.  Difference of opinion or fact?  This helped Hamilton to finish second even with a 20-second drive-through penalty and keep the series lead while Alonso settled for ninth.  Alonso is ready to fight his way back into the lead positions after last weekend so stay tuned for the next F1 race.