Hoot’s Corner

The Catch-22 of Anti-Doping Testing For High School Athletes

Very few school districts have an anti-doping testing program. As a result, high school athletes and coaches who compete at national tournaments and meets where testing occurs are sometimes unfamiliar with the process.

This story is part of a series about former high school high jumper Eric Thompson, who in 2007 tested positive for a small amount of cocaine while at a junior national meet and was subsequently suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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Lift Like a Girl

Karishma Sharma

Of grit, steel and sacrifice—a quick peek into the world of female competitive bodybuilding

Deepika Chowdhury’s tryst with sweat and iron wasn’t just metamorphic; it was cathartic. “I had a very disturbed childhood, was a weak child and grew up with an inferiority complex,” she says. Bodybuilding changed everything for her says the Pune-based Chowdhury, the country’s first figure athlete to hold an IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) pro card.… Continue Reading...

Careful, Your Dietary Supplements Might Contain Steroids

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Hardcore Formulations is recalling all lots of Ultra-Sten and D-Zine capsules due to the presence of anabolic steroids.

Athletes beware! A recent FDA press announcement says that capsules marketed by Hardcore Formulations as dietary supplements for bodybuilding contain anabolic steroids. The two products, Ultra-Sten and D-Zine, are labeled to contain methylstenbolone and dymethazine respectively, which are considered to be derivatives of anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

Pirates to host kids at PNC for PLAY campaign

PITTSBURGH — Between the first two games against the Brewers, the Pirates will play host to the national PLAY campaign Tuesday morning at PNC Park.

PLAY, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with the Ruderman Family Foundation, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

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Anabolic steroids cause workout supplement capsules to be recalled

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Four brands of workout supplement pills with anabolic steroid ingredients have been yanked from the market in mass recalls.

Andropharm recalled all lot numbers and expiration dates of Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules, sold in 60-count bottles in retail stores nationwide and online. Andropharm pushed both as helping enhance muscularity.… Continue Reading...

NFL suspends Rams WR Mike Thomas 4 games, cites PEDs policy

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Mike Thomas, the Los Angeles Rams‘ second-year receiver, has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league said Friday.

Thomas will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, but won’t be eligible for the Rams’ 53-man roster until Oct.… Continue Reading...

American gold medalist Gil Roberts ingested banned substance after passionate kisses

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Gil Roberts has been cleared of doping after the Olympic gold medallist was found to have ingested a banned substance through kissing his girlfriend.

Winner of gold in the 4×400-meter relay at the Rio Games last year, the American sprinter tested positive for probenecid on March 24.

 The 28-year-old pleaded his innocence, telling the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) he contaminated the substance from his girlfriend, Alex Salazar – who had been taking medication to treat a sinus infection.… Continue Reading...

Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon joins forces with Hooton Foundation’s ‘All Me League’ in fight against steroids

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Like most of the 2017 Home Run Derby participants, Charlie Blackmon, the bushy-bearded Rockies outfielder, was in awe of Yankee slugger Aaron Judge’s Ruthian blasts during the showcase event.

“Hits the ball a long way,” Blackmon said Friday of Judge, before Blackmon and the Rockies got pounded by the Mets at Citi Field.… Continue Reading...

Counterfeiters Sentenced for Convictions in Nationwide Conspiracy to Distribute Fake 5-Hour Energy Drink

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US Dept of Justice Press Release

SAN JOSE – Joseph Shayota and Adriana Shayota were sentenced to 86 months and 26 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Brian J.… Continue Reading...

A chemist explains boldenone: It is not popular with bodybuilders, and it should not be popular with baseball players, either.

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David Paulino recently received an 80-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone, an alleged PED in the game of baseball. He will also be ineligible to play in the postseason, which the Astros are all but certain to make.… Continue Reading...