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Baseball MVP Ryan Braun Is NOT Taking Performance Enhancing Drugs

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National League MVP Ryan Braun, a Milwaukee Brewer who was accused of using performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for a banned substance, is in the clear.

An investigation into the charges revealed that the substance he tested positive for was NOT from a performance enhancing drug, but rather a medication he's using for private medical use.

Sources have said, "The medication contained banned substances resulting in the positive test."

The Major League Baseball player's ailment isn't being publicized, which is fine by us, but it must have been diagnosed relatively recently because sources confirm he's always tested negative for banned substances.

This is definitely good news for the sport of baseball! It would be a shame for yet ANOTHER tremendously talented athlete to be caught using performance enhancing drugs to up his game.

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Lance Armstrong Accused Of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs (Again)!

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Lance Armstrong accused of doping

Say it isn't so!

A former teammate of Lance Armstrong's told 60 Minutes on Thursday night he used performance-enhancing drugs WITH the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the Tour!

According to Tyler Hamilton, Lance took a blood-booster called EPO in the 1999 Tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001.

Hamilton told reporters:

"I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. … I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did. Like I did, many, many times."

However, Lance Armstrong has NEVER failed a drug test (unlike Hamilton, who has been BANNED from racing for using performance-boosting drugs) and his lawyer, Mark Fabiani, is backing him up, saying:

"Hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book, and now he has completely changed the story he has always told before so that he could get himself on 60 Minutes and increase his chances with publishers, but greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports: He has passed nearly 500 tests over twenty years of competition."

The drug Lance is accused of using boosts endurance by increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. Federal investigators are currently probing whether the iconic cyclist and his team engaged in systematic doping.

Honestly, we are really hoping this guy is just looking to make a buck by causing controversy because Lance Armstrong is one of the most inspirational athletes on the planet. He is a true testament to the human and athletic spirit that drives us toward success.

While everything this man is saying could be entirely true, we'll hold off on any judgement until some solid facts come out to support or deny these accusations.

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Tour De France Winner Cleared Of Doping Charges

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Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been cleared of a doping charge by Spain's cycling federation.

Contador made headlines last summer when he tested positive for a small amount of the banned substance clenbuterol after he won the Tour de France for the third time.

A federation investigator recommended that the competition committee issue a one-year ban, due to Contador's test sample, but after hearing the cyclist's defense that the trace amount of clenbuterol was due to ingesting meat tainted with the substance, the committee has decided to clear the rider.

Contador's press office said in a statement:

"Alberto Contador has been officially cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation and has been authorized to return to competition immediately."

The cleared cyclist posted his reaction on Twitter, tweeting:

"Today is a day of justice, with mixed feelings between joy and sadness for all the damage in recent months. Leaves a mark!"

Cycling rules state there is a zero tolerance for clenbuterol, a weight loss and muscle building drug.

However, the federation says its decision to clear Contador was based on World Anti-Doping Agency rules on how to proceed in cases when "the rider has no responsibility" for testing positive for a banned substance.

We hope they made the right decision and this really was just an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Good luck in the next race, Alberto!

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Lance Armstrong: "I Look Forward To Being Vindicated"

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Lance Armstrong: “I Look Forward To Being Vindicated”

Rumors are bubbling up again about Lance Armstrong taking performance enhancing drugs, but Lance is not scared. He’s confident they will find no concrete evidence.

He recently tweeted:

Great to hear that @usada is investigating some of @si's claims. I look forward to being vindicated.

Lance is competing in the Tour Down Under in Australia and refuses to comment on the whole matter, other than to say that he has nothing to worry about “on any level.”

We don’t know what’s true and what isn’t — but we do hope he didn’t use anything! We like him as the biker hero!!

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Lance Armstrong Caught With Drugs In 2003

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Lance Armstrong Caught With Drugs In 2003

Lance Armstrong is arguably one of the best athletes in history, but like so many others, that reputation could be tainted with news that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

In 2003, Lance was stopped by Swiss customs officials who searched his bag.

"Lance had a bag of drugs and shit," says disgraced rider Floyd Landis. "They wanted to search it, which was out of the ordinary."

According the Landis, Lance then asked a teammate to convince the agents that they were injectable vitamins. Landis said the agents "looked at us sideways, but let us through."

Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Armstrong, says that these stories are no more true than they’ve ever been:

"The story is filled with old news, recycling the same old tired lies from the same old tired liars."

We like to think that Lance didn’t take any drugs, but it’s hard to tell. It’s likely that we’ll never know for sure!!

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