Positive for THG, a designer steroid that has recently come to the attention of antidoping agencies, four members of the Raiders. Defensive tackles Chris Cooper and Dana Stubblefield, center Barret Robbins and linebacker Bill Romanowski reportedly received notice from the NFL that they could face a four-game suspension. Stubblefield, Cooper and two other teammates appeared last Thursday before a grand jury investigating the nutritional supplements company BALCO. After the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency learned of THG use by track athletes last month, the NFL announced it would retest old urine samples for the drug. "I haven't been notified," Robbins said on Sunday. "I don't think it's right the way it's being handled."
Its eligibility rules to allow participation by athletes who have undergone a sex-change operation, the IOC. Transsexuals will be allowed to compete in the Olympics after a waiting period to let testosterone and muscle mass reach normal levels for their new gender. "We will have no discrimination," IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch said. "The IOC will respect human rights." Canadian mountain biker Michelle Dumaresq, who had a sex change in '96 and competed in last year's world championships (in a non-Olympic discipline), said that she knows several sex-change recipients who may try to qualify for the '04 Games.
As a Yankees spring training and minor league instructor, Darryl Strawberry. The lefty slugger, who hit 335 homers in 17 seasons with four teams, including the Yankees, got out of Florida's Gainesville Correctional Institution in April after serving 11 months of an 18-month sentence for parole violations stemming from a 1999 arrest for cocaine possession and soliciting a prostitute. "I didn't reach my full potential," Strawberry, 41, said. "Hopefully, I can help somebody reach theirs."
Of cancer, four-time All-Star catcher Earl Battey, 68. A Twins mainstay in the 1960s, Battey hit .270 in 13 seasons and had a reputation as one of the game's toughest players. In Game 3 of the '65 Series against the Dodgers, he was chasing a foul ball when he ran into a railing, Adam's apple first. Though barely able to turn his neck, he threw out five runners in the final four games, including Maury Wills twice. "There are two requisites to being a catcher," the 6'1", 220-pound Battey once joked. "You've got to be big and you've got to be dumb, and I qualify on both counts."
By former boxer Chuck Wepner, 64, actor Sylvester Stallone for allegedly using Wepner's name and likeness to promote the Rocky franchise. Stallone, 57, has long acknowledged that the character of Rocky Balboa, which he created for the film, is based upon Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, who stunned fans by going 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali (and knocking Ali down in the 9th) in' 75. But the suit is not about the similarity between Balboa and Wepner. "That's actually kind of nice," says Wepner's lawyer, Anthony Mango. "It's what's happened since. Chuck never imagined the scope of this—that they would be using his name to sell products all over the world." Mango cites, for example, a Rocky DVD that includes material hyping the link to Wepner's story. Wepner, now a liquor salesman in New Jersey, seeks $15 million.