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For The Record

Nov. 24, 2003
Nov. 24, 2003

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Nov. 24, 2003

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TESTED 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."

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AMENDED 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.

HIRED 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."

DIED 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."

SUED 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.

COLOR PHOTO: BEN MARGOT/AP (ROMANOWSKI) RomanowskiB/W PHOTO: AP (WEPNER) Wepner in '75COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOFEST (ROCKY) Balboa in '76