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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 on FOX 12 results recap: Bobby Green vs Josh Thomson fight review and analysis

Jul 27 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

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Stepping in as a late replacement, Bobby Green was looking to make a huge statement by defeating longtime vet Josh Thomson at last night's (Sat., July 26, 2014) UFC on FOX 12 event from "Punk's" hometown of San Jose, California. "King" capitalized with a little help from the judges, earning his brightest victory. Read our breakdown of his upset win below! Last night (Sat., July 26, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Champio ...
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Michael Johnson: 'I've gone from $3 an hour to $500,000 per race'

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With victory behind him, Bobby Green finally planning to grieve

Jul 27 2014 1:40am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

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SAN JOSE – Two months after the murder of his brother, Bobby Green (23-5 MMA, 4-0 UFC) finally has time to mourn. “The only reason I took the fight is to give my brother that honor, to put him on the front stage and say he was a good kid,” Green said at Saturday’s post-UFC on FOX 12 press conference. “He was a great guy. He was my closest soldier to me – my little, my baby brother. When I go home, he was the ...
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UFC on FOX 12 results – Bobby Green earns split decision win over Josh Thomson

Jul 26 2014 7:56pm CDT | Source: prommanow

Strikeforce: Barnett v Cormier
Bobby Green wasn't even supposed to fight tonight. He was scheduled to fight next month but an injury to Michael Johnson opened up an opportunity to face Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12. Green made the most of that opportunity and earned a split decision victory. The fight was close. Thomson and Green both snapped punches at each other. The energy was high for all three rounds. Green was landing significantly more than Thomson was. The hard part to judge was the damage. It wasn't unti ...
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UFC on Fox 12 results: Bobby Green wins split decision over Josh Thomson

Jul 26 2014 7:44pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Strikeforce: Barnett v Cormier
That was a close one. The main card of tonight's (Sat., July 26, 2014) UFC on Fox 12: "Lawler vs. Brown" network television event at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, kicked off with a lightweight battle pitting perennial contender Josh Thomson against up-and-coming heavy hitter Bobby Green, who took the bout on short notice as an injury replacement for Michael Johnson. The two were feeling ea ...
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Where Do the Baltimore Ravens Stand in the AFC North After 2014 Offseason?

Jul 25 2014 1:02pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Josh Thomson to reevaluate retirement after every fight, but says two more for sure

Jul 25 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

UFC On Fox: Preview - Daniel Cormier Meets With San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith
brightcove.createExperiences();Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos After a heartbreaking decision loss to Benson Henderson in his most recent fight, Josh Thomson couldn’t find the will to return to the octagon. These days, the UFC lightweight asks himself whether every fight is his last. And for a little while after Henderson, it was. Losing a title eliminator to Henderson after fighting the bulk of five rounds with a broken thumb was reason eno ...
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Simon Barnes

Jul 23 2014 10:00pm CDT | Source: Spectator Magazine

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Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for that matter, bring joy. You can’t explain sport, any more than you can explain the Goldberg Variations: you either get it or you don’t. So it can be hard to justify a life spent among bats and balls and leaping horses. I spent 32 years writing about sport for the Times, the last 12 as chief sportswriter, all of which comes to an close at the ...
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Buccaneers: Grading the Strength of Every Position Unit at the Start of Camp

Jul 22 2014 11:11pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Few will argue the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't made a laundry list of personnel improvements this offseason, making upgrades at multiple positions through free agency and the draft. But how much of an impact will those changes have, relative to the rest of the league?  Will the additions of Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald make the Bucs' defensive line a top-10 unit?  Will Lovie Smith's T ...
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5 Moves the Buccaneers Should Have Made This Offseason

Jul 20 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduce Lovie Smith
Second-guessing an NFL front office is a really easy thing to do from an arm chair. Any team that made as many moves as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made this offseason is bound to have its decisions questioned. The brain trust of head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht entered One Buc Place with steely resolve. They were willing to make drastic and often controversial choices to reshape the Bucs roster to better fit their vi ...
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