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Athletics will never be drug free, says Michael Johnson

Dec 11 2013, 7:10am CST | by IANS

Doha, Dec 11 (IANS) Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

Doha, Dec 11 — Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here...

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Athletics will never be drug free, says Michael Johnson

Dec 11 2013, 7:10am CST | by IANS

Doha, Dec 11 (IANS) Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

Doha, Dec 11 — Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

"Athletics has a zero tolerance policy with drugs and, in a way, we have kind of suffered because of that," Johnson was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "Since we control it more than most sports, we have more scandals and more people caught.

"Despite that, you are never going to have a situation where no-one cheats - athletics is a microcosm of real life and in real life you will always have people who cheat. It's unrealistic to expect athletics to be a drug free sport. Other sports may have fans that can put up with it but in athletics the fans want to see the Olympians hold true to the Olympic ideals and values."

Praising the role of sprinter Usain Bolt in raising the level of interest in the sport, Johnson said the sport's governing body should work with the Jamaican star to help promote athletics.

"You can't say anything against Usain Bolt in athletics. He is an athletics star but the IAAF doesn't work with him to promote the sport. Knowing him as I do, if they approached him and asked him to work with them to promote athletics - not promote Usain Bolt - I am sure he would be all for it. The IAAF is just riding it at the moment.

"To be honest, if it weren't for the Olympics, athletics would be dead. Off the face of the earth. Even if Usain hadn't come along, nothing would be different as the Olympics still save athletics."

Johnson added: "You can't compare athletics to any team sport. It's the purest form of competition. Everyone loves to see people have a race but we're seeing too much emphasis placed on world records and not on the battle between the athletes.

"We must look closely at the sport and see what it is that people actually want to watch. Do we need the women's discus? A 3,000m and 5,000m steeplechase at the same meeting? Nothing has happened to change the sport in my time. We need to look at a new format, package it better to engage more fans. Other sports have done it to increase their fan base, why can't athletics?

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UFC Fight Night 50 card: Joe Lauzon vs Michael Chiesa fight preview

Sep 1 2014 12:00pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa will step into the cage to determine who is the superior submission fighter on the main card of UFC Fight Night 50, which takes place this Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) in Ledyard, Connecticut. When two Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans with highly aggressive grappling attacks collide, how can either man take the advantage? Read our fight preview and find out! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightwei ...
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Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson: What We Learned from Lightweight Tilt

Aug 30 2014 11:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner Tony Ferguson faced off with longtime veteran Danny Castillo in one of the weakest co-main events in UFC history. Ferguson entered the night with two excellent stoppage victories over Katsunori Kikuno and Mike Rio, and has looked genuinely scary of late. Danny Castillo has proven his worth with a six-year-long Zuffa career but has never had the opportunity to snag a belt. When the two faced off, it resulted in a fun, scrappy ground battle d ...
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UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II - The Idiot's Guide to Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo

Aug 29 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Tony Ferguson looks to continue what Goldberg likes to call a "meteoric rise" as he seeks to eliminate Danny Castillo from a long line of lightweight contenders at UFC 177. Lightweight Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo Alas, a worthwhile fight! Like I said before, I've got a strong stomach for MMA. Like a competitive eater able to down a gallon of milk in the span of minutes, I can tolerate fights for wh ...
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UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

Aug 28 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The rematch between former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and reigning 135-pound king T.J. Dillashaw is one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year. It headlines UFC 177 on Saturday from Dillashaw's hometown of Sacramento, California, so fans should expect a raucous crowd on hand at the Sleep Train Arena. In the first fight, Dillshaw executed a perfect game plan centered around lateral movement and effective and accurate striking. Dillashaw connected on 140 o ...
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NFL Free Agents 2014: Under-the-Radar Signings Who Will Impact Upcoming Season

Aug 27 2014 12:49pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

NFL fans across the country knew the minute that superstars Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware and DeSean Jackson changed teams this offseason, but there were plenty of quieter moves that will pay dividends in 2014.  With that in mind, here is a look at some of the under-the-radar free-agent signings that will shape the standings in the fall.   DE Michael Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Even the most talented defensive linemen in the league often get overshadowed, and Michael Johnson fits under ...
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Ferguson on Castillo: 'I grew up around guys like that and just handled it'

Aug 25 2014 8:00pm CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

Danny Castillo (17-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) didn’t need to motivate Tony Ferguson (15-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) when he appeared on a “UFC Countdown” show in support of their pay-per-view co-headliner at UFC 177, but he might have done so anyway. “There’s no animosity there,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie Radio. “When you’re training like that and you’ve got a bunch of people around you, you want to act like a big dog and say some things, but I understand it. I grew up around guy ...
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Usain Bolt Sets World Indoor 100-Meter Record in Warsaw National Stadium

Aug 24 2014 2:05pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt set a world indoor 100-meter record over the weekend in Warsaw, Poland. With a time of 9.98 seconds, Bolt continued his historic career on the track after an injury-plagued season thus far.    Bolt finished 0.35 seconds ahead of fellow Jamaican Sheldon Mitchell, the Associated Press reported (via Sporting News). Here's a look at video of the run from the report: Whil ...
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UFC Fight Night 49 Results: 3 Fights for Benson Henderson to Take Next

Aug 24 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It's probably safe to say no one saw that coming. Riding a win streak of a couple of fights (19 non-Anthony Pettis fights if you want to get crazy with it) and looking like he'd never be far beyond nipping at the champ's heels, Benson Henderson walked into Tulsa, Oklahoma, and got himself knocked out. The culprit, Rafael dos Anjos, is a grappling ace who has developed the type of technique that accentuate ...
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Following Eddie Alvarez Signing, Whom Should Bobby Green Be Matched Up With?

Aug 20 2014 9:47pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Understandably, most were excited about the news that Eddie Alvarez had signed with the UFC and will meet Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 on September 27, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. Lightweight contender Bobby Green probably wasn't among those pleased, though. With Alvarez being paired up against Cerrone, Green is left without a scheduled bout. Green was originally booked to meet Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178, but he later had his adversar ...
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Buccaneer Quotes: August 20

Aug 20 2014 6:15pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed highly-coveted pass-rusher Michael Johnson in free agency in March, they moved Johnson into the starting right defensive end ...
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