LaShawn Merritt: the doping game keeps changing


When reports surfaced last year that 2008 Olympic 400-metre champion LaShawn Merritt flunked a drug test over his use of the over-the-counter sex enhancer Extenze, how else were we supposed to react except with a flood of junior high school jokes? Like Merritt took Extenze so he could run longer and harder than everybody else. … Continue reading

Oct. 12, 2010: Bautista’s certain big payday also brings big pressures


Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter As training camps opened for Dominican league baseball teams last week, Santo Domingo newspaper La Nacion Dominicana trumpeted a major development for that island’s equivalent of the New York Yankees. “Tigres del Licey receive backing,” read the headline on a story that detailed a local businessman’s seven-figure sponsorship deal with the 22-time … Continue reading

Nov. 18, 2008: CFL slow to establish drug policy


Nov. 18, 2008 MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER On May 26, 1995, Allen Pitts pulled up to the border at Sweetgrass, Mont., to cross into Canada and follow up on the most successful season ever by a CFL receiver. Teaming with league MVP Doug Flutie, Pitts caught 126 passes for 2,036 yards and 21 touchdowns in … Continue reading

March 2005: Steroid Users Only See the Big Picture


Steroid Surge: It’s not just pros more ‘average guys’ shoot up; Statistics reveal troubling trend: Ignore risks for bulging muscles. “I don’t think we know the scope.” 26 March 2005 – Toronto Star By Morgan Campbell Remy poked a needle into the vial of testosterone enanthate and drew out 300 milligrams. Then he did the same … Continue reading

October 2004: Bulking up With Pills and Powders


29 October 2004 – Toronto Star By Morgan Campbell Mike Montoya is too damn strong. At 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, Montoya, a student at Burlington’s Notre Dame Secondary School is far from the biggest player on his football team. But word in high school football circles is that, despite his average size, the 17-year-old is one … Continue reading

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