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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 3, 2004

Giambi admits steroid use

NEW YORK (AP)-- Jason Giambi's reported testimony that he
used steroids might jeopardize his $120 million contract with the
New York Yankees and allow baseball commissioner Bud Selig to
discipline him.
Giambi said he injected himself with human growth hormone
in 2003 and used steroids for at least three seasons, according to a
grand jury transcript reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle.
His testimony last December, before a federal grand jury inves-
tigating illegal steroid distribution, contradicts his public procla-
mations that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Penalties for steroid use in baseball began in 2003, but testing
that identified players didn't start until the next season. Human
growth hormone, or hGH, is not specifically banned by the
major leagues.
While discipline is spelled out for positive tests and criminal
convictions, admission of steroid use is not addressed, possibly
giving Selig an opening to punish Giambi. Even so, baseball can't
test him more than other players because it's been over a year since
the steroid use.
Selig repeatedly has called for year-round random testing and
harsher penalties, but management and the players' association
have failed to reach an agreement. The contract runs through the
2006 season.
"I've been saying for many months: I instituted a very, very
tough program in the minor leagues on steroids in 2001," Selig
said yesterday in Washington, D.C. "We need to have that program
at the major league level. We're going to leave no stone unturned
until we have that policy in place by spring training 2005."
Giambi, the 2000 American League MVP with Oakland, signed
a seven-year contract with the Yankees before the 2002 season, the
sixth-highest deal in baseball history.
Bothered by an injured knee, Giambi hit just 250 in 2003.
He batted .208 and played in only 80 games last season, miss-
ing time because of a sprained right ankle, fatigue and a benign
tumor, which the New York Daily News reported was in his
pituitary gland. The Yankees did not even include him on their
postseason roster.
Giambi reportedly testified that one of the drugs he thought
he used was Clomid, a female fertility drug that some medical
experts say can exacerbate a pituitary tumor.

Giambi's agent, Arn Tellem, didn't return telephone calls seek-
ing comment.
New York still owes Giambi $82 million, but the Yankees might
be able to get out of the deal.
They could argue Giambi's use of steroids violated his contract,
allowing them to terminate it; violated the guarantee language of
the deal, allowing them to release him at a fraction of the remain-
ing money or caused him to be injured or unavailable, meaning he
was paid at a time when he was at less than full strength.
"We have met with the commissioner's office today and will
continue to work with them to obtain all of the facts in this mat-
ter," Yankees president Randy Levine said. "We have made no
decisions and will keep all of our options open."
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said his office was
concerned about the leaks to the Chronicle and asked the Justice
Department to investigate. "Violations of grand jury secrecy rules
will not be tolerated," Ryan said.
Giambi came to spring training this year noticeably trim-
mer. Asked in February whether he had ever taken perfor-
mance-enhancing drugs, Giambi said: "Are you talking about
steroids? No."
However, he told grand jurors he used steroids during the 2001-
03 seasons, the Chronicle reported yesterday. He testified how
he injected hGH in his stomach, testosterone into his buttocks,
rubbed an undetectable steroid knows as "the cream" on his body
and placed drops of another, called "the clear," under his tongue,
the newspaper said.
Giambi testified that he obtained several different steroids from
Barry Bonds's personal trainer, Greg Anderson, one of four men
indicted by the grand jury probing the Bay Area Laboratory Co-
Operative. He said he got the hGH from a gym in Las Vegas.
Tony Serra, Anderson's lawyer, said Anderson "never know-
ingly provided illegal substances to anyone."
Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the players' associa-
tion, declined comment.
Anderson, BALCO founder Victor Conte, BALCO vice presi-
dent James Valente and track coach Remi Korchemny have plead-
ed not guilty to charges that include steroid distribution.
In an interview to be shown on ABC's "20/20" tonight, Conte
mocked MLB's drug-testing program.

Continued from page 11
taking a year to train "down-under"
before beginning her collegiate
career "up-north." The additional
training improved her abilities and
made her even more valuable to the
"I think it was a good move on her
part and a good move for us, too,"
Richardson said.
The team is currently in its toughest
training period of the season. Though
Silva has trained on four continents,
it's her teammates, not her experi-
ence, that have helped her through the
"I like the team atmosphere we
have," Silva said. "My teammates help
me cope with the difficult training."
Along with the training, Silva has
had to adjust to swimming in yards
instead of meters. Because a 25-yard
pool is shorter than a 25-meter pool,
she had to recalibrate her turns and
stroke counts into the wall. The cli-
mate change has also taken its effect.
As Michigan enters the winter season,
Peru is about to start summer.
But for Silva, not seeing her family
has been the most difficult adjustment.
"My family's support has helped me
a lot," Silva said. "I wouldn't be where
I am today without my family."
Her goal this season is to qualify
for the NCAA championships in the
100- and 200-yard breaststroke. For
the next four years, Silva hopes to
return to the Olympics in 2008 - this
time to take home a medal. Judging
by the way Silva has met her previ-
ous goals, it's a good bet she won't be

Jason Giambi admitted to taking steroids and human growth hormones
over the past three seasons, and his playing days might be over.
"I think they still believe there's a Santa Claus," he said.
"They're not in contact with reality. I mean the program that they
put together is a joke.
"Let me tell you the biggest joke of all: I would guesstimate
that more than 50 percent of the athletes are taking some form of
anabolic steroids."
Giambi was among dozens of elite athletes - including Bonds,
Gary Sheffield and track stars Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones
- who testified before the grand jury last year under a promise of
limited immunity from prosecution.
Bonds, Jones and Montgomery deny using performance-
enhancing drugs. Sheffield told Sports Illustrated and ESPN he
used "the cream" and "the clear" from BALCO but did not know
they contained steroids.
Giambi told grand jurors that he didn't notice a "huge dif-
ference" in his performance after starting to use the drugs, the
Chronicle reported.

Predictions against the
spread for 12/3/04
Cal (-24) at Southern Miss.
Tennessee (+14.5) at Auburn
Louisville (-29) at Tulane
Virginia Tech (+7) at Miami
Michigan State (-6.5) at Hawaii
Navy (-13) at Army
Oklahoma (-21.5) at Colorado
Pittsburgh (-7) at South Florida
USC (-23) at UCLA
Arizona Cardinals (+ (at Detroit Lions
John Navarre TD passes (over/under 1.5)
Best bet
Season record (best bet)

Southern Miss.
Virginia Tech
85-88-5 (7-5)

Virginia Tech
86-87-5 (6-6)

8489-5 (7-5)

Southern Miss.
Virginia Tech
Michigan State
9479-5 (8-4)

Southern Miss.
Virginia Tech
90-83-5 (7-5)

Celebs hope to make
a run behind 'Juice'
It's the final week before the
bowl season, so Staff Picks has
reached the stretch run, and
time is running out on anyone
who wishes to catch Sharad
Mattu. The celebs have a strong
grasp on second place, and
Scorekeepers bartender Mark
Majewski - a.k.a. "Juice" - will
try to put the celebs in position
to take home the championship
with a good week in the
forthcoming bowl predictions.
Practicing unparalleled
generosity behind the bar, Juice
has become a friendly face
to absolutely anyone hoping
to wet his whistle at Skeeps.
Everyone hopes Pittsburgh will
completely lock up a BCS bid
with a convincing win at South
Florida, while Chris Burke stands
alone in believing that John
Navarre - who is starting on
Sunday for the Cardinals - will
return to Michigan in style.

-i Navarre, Arizona set for Lions

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit
Lions and Arizona Cardinals refuse to
believe they're out of the playoff hunt,
even though they have almost twice as
many losses as wins.
"Our goal was to make it to the
postseason, and we still have a shot, as
crazy as that seems," Detroit's Brock
Marion said. "Mathematically, I don't
know how so many teams could be 4-7,
but we're one of them, and that means
we're only a game out of it."
The Lions and Cardinals are two
of seven NFC teams with 4-7 records.
They're only one game behind the
New York Giants and St. Louis in the
lackluster conference.
The reeling Lions have lost five
straight since starting 4-2. Arizona has
dropped two in a row.
"Somebody that is 4-7 is probably
going," Arizona coach Dennis Green
said. "I guess some people say that
Arizona doesn't count, but I don't buy
that. Why should the Arizona Cardi-
nals be the only 4-7 team that doesn't

believe they can go to the playoffs?"
The Cardinals are turning to a
quarterback few probably know in
Arizona - but who is very familiar
in Michigan.
Ex-Wolverine John Navarre will
become Arizona's third starting quar-
terback in four games Sunday at Ford
Field, about 45 miles east of where he
was a starter for three-plus seasons.
Navarre led Michigan to the Big Ten
title last year and set several career and
single-season records at the University,
but he received hate mail earlierin his
career because of his uneven play.
"The experiences I've been
through in my career did nothing but
prepare me for situations down the
road in my career that I'm in now and
definitely in life in social settings,"
said Navarre, a seventh-round pick
who will be taking his first snap in
an NFL regular-season game Sunday.
"I'm definitely going to take those
learning experiences with me."
Navarre will be the seventh Michi-

gan quarterback in two decades to
start an NFL game, following Drew
Henson, Tom Brady, Brian Griese,
Todd Collins, Elvis Grbac and Jim
Marion said he won't underestimate
the young quarterback. He said he
did that once, and Jim Druckenmiller
made him regret it when he led San
Francisco to a win over Marion and the
Dallas Cowboys.
"We thought we were going to crush
that young kid, and he ate our lunch,"
Marion said. "Even though Arizona is
on its third quarterback, we're not in a
position to take anyone lightly."-
Arizona mighthave other changes in
its lineup as well. The NFL's all-time
leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, might
not play because of a toe injury Green
had declared him out this week, but
later said he was questionable because
of his amazing ability to heal.
If Larry Croom starts at running
back, he will be the fourth rookie in
Arizona's offensive lineup joining
Navarre, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and
center Alex Stepanovich.
While Green has benched quarter-
backs Josh McCown and Shaun King,
Lions coach Steve Mariucci is sticking
with Joey Harrington, though he's in a
slump. In the past four games, he has
thrown just two TDs with three inter-
Mariucci replaced Barrington with
Mike McMahon late in the third quar-
ter last week against Indianapolis, but
he's not ready to give up on 2002's No.
3 pick overall.

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