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Little League fights PEDs

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Little League Baseball plans to introduce an educational program for coaches and volunteers intended to raise awareness about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Little League hopes to have an online program ready for next season. Little League had been speaking with the foundation for more than a year about a program, well before Major League Baseball's recent suspensions of more than a dozen players.

The suspensions Aug. 5 came less than two weeks before the start of the Little League World Series on Thursday.

The Hooton Foundation is named after a high school pitcher who committed suicide in 2003. Doctors attributed Taylor Hooton's behaviour to depression caused after he stopped using PEDs.


Clark joins soup line

ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Cardinals star Jack Clark is out of his sports talk radio job after saying Albert Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs.

Clark said on the air last week on WGNU in St. Louis that Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he injected PEDs into Pujols, the former Cardinals great now in his second season with the Angels but sidelined by a foot injury.

Pujols responded with a vehement denial on Friday night and said he planned to take legal action against Clark and his employers.

Early Saturday, the company that owns the show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten, insideSTL Enterprises LLC, said in a statement that Clark "is no longer associated with the company," then later cancelled the show, costing Slaten his job, too.


Braves fan falls to death

ATLANTA -- A man who fell about 20 metres from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field onto a parking lot during a baseball game died Monday night, police said.

Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee confirmed the death of the man, whose name has not been released. The man fell during Monday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

"At this time there's no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental," Chafee said late Monday. "It appears he fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below."

Chafee said police received the report of the fall just before 9 p.m. . When officers arrived, they located a man who appeared to have fallen roughly six stories. The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries.


Sorry, fries not on menu

TORONTO -- Athletes who crave fries have had to forgo them at the Canada Summer Games village, which has been declared a junk food-free zone.

Instead, the young competitors are being given a huge variety of nutritious offerings with no cap on how often they can drop by the cafeteria each day.

"The whole point was to try and get athletes off on a good start," with adequate nutrition to help them perform better, said Christiane Azzi, a nutritionist with Sodexo, which is dishing up the food at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Que., site of the 17-day event which wraps Saturday.

TV personality and cookbook author Michael Smith, who ran the kitchen for Sodexo in Whistler, B.C., during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, chose recipes he thought were suitable for athletes.

Azzi says she and Canada Summer Games head nutritionist Martin Frechette then reviewed them to "make sure they have good carbs, they have adequate protein, they have fat but not too much fat and they're not too heavy for competitions."

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 13, 2013 C4

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