There were two surprises about the record number of athletes--24, compared with the previous high of 12, at the 1984 Los Angeles Games--forced out of the Olympics by drug tests: Half were women (including weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu of India, inset), and many were caught using substances popular 20 years ago. "Some of the less-sophisticated athletes and coaches must have decided we're so focused on the hot new drugs that they don't believe we're still testing for [older ones]," said one doping expert working the Games.
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Sept. 6, 2004
- Tough Guys 60
Every team wants them, and every coach cherishes the ones he's got. They deliver hits that change a game's momentum and withstand blows that keep drives alive. In the following pages, behold the NFL's toughest.
When it comes to players with grit, here's the lineup Paul Zimmerman wants on his side--22 lunch-pailers who play hurt and never take a down off. You won't find situational pass rushers here or wide receivers who won't block or cornerbacks who don't hit. Just a bunch of guys taking pride in doing the dirty work
Getting released by the 49ers could turn out to be the best thing for Jeff Garcia and his new team, which needed a leader at quarterback
- 2 ST. LOUIS RAMS 164By M.S.
He has a swagger that comes with the starting quarterback job and a huge new contract. But can Marc Bulger get the offense cranked up again?
- PVR 172
PLAYER VALUE RANKING
- What's Next? 51