See the latest player to test positive for PEDs


See the latest player to test positive for PEDs

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Major League Baseball said the 34-year-old Byrd tested positive for Tamoxifen, which can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. It is often used to treat breast cancer patients. "I made an inexcusable mistake," Byrd said in a statement released by the players' association. "Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons." Byrd is currently a free agent, and will be placed on the restricted list for the duration of his suspension, which began immediately. He started the season with the Cubs and was dealt to the Red Sox on April 21. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 9 and released four days later. "I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do," Byrd said. "I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a Club win later this season." In 2009, Byrd said he was using supplements provided by SNAC System, a company founded by Victor Conte, who also was the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. BALCO was at the center of a wide-ranging scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs that enveloped several top-level athletes, including Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Barry Bonds. Conte pleaded guilty to steroid distribution in July 2005 and served four months in jail. Byrd said the supplements were all OK to use under MLB rules. He had never before been suspended for failing an PED test. "Any nutritional supplements I ever provided to Marlon Byrd were legal products that contained no banned substances," Conte wrote on Twitter. "I provided Marlon Byrd with nutritional and training advice which had nothing whatsoever to do with any type of prohibited substances." In an email to The Associated Press, Conte said he still supports Byrd. "Marlon Byrd is a terrific person and did not use a drug to cheat," Conte said in his email. "Look at his numbers this season, the worst of his career. Traded and then cut. I was not aware of his medical condition. Marlon is my friend and I will always have his back." Byrd hit .210 in 47 games with the two teams, though he hit .270 with a homer and seven RBIs in 34 games with Boston. The Red Sox picked him up when they had a shortage in the outfield after a rash of injuries. "He played here and he played well," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "I had no indication or I don't think anyone did." The 34-year-old Byrd has played for five teams in 11 major league seasons and is a career .278 hitter. Byrd finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 with the Phillies and was a National League All-Star with the Cubs in 2010.

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VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

On Tuesday night in Los Angeles the Wizards were partying like it was 1979. Okay, maybe not qute but after winning the first division title for the franchise in 38 years, the Wizards held a postgame celebration in the locker room.

It didn't involve champagne or goggles or anything like that, but they did douse coach Scott Brooks with water. And afterwards they came together to embrace as a team.

The aftermath of Brooks' shower and the conversation that followed was captured on camera by the Wizards.

Watch it all right here:

That's good stuff and they earned it.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards' win over the Lakers meant a lot, as it captured their first division championship in 38 years, since 1978-79. That was the longest division title drought in all of North American pro sports.

The game itself was pretty ugly, as the Wizards found themselves down 16 points at one time before coming back to win. Along the way there were many highlights, including this thunderous slam by John Wall in the first quarter:

2. Wall ended up with 34 points, 14 assists and four steals. Two of those points came on this up-and-under layup. Wall went straight to the rim and finished:

3. Here is one of Wall's four steals. He snatched it and finished on the other end with another big left-handed dunk:

4. Now for the shots that sealed the win. First, here is Bradley Beal hitting a vicious stepback jumper to score two of his 16 points:

5. And here is Wall putting the finishing touches on the victory with a stepback J of his own. This was just nasty:

Now for a few moments unrelated to actually plays. Here is Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell consoling a young girl in the crowd whom he ran into while chasing a loose ball:

Here is the scene postgame after coach Scott Brooks was soaked with water by the Wizards:

And finally, this is a clever meme from Dan Martin on our digital staff. It was a Hollywood ending:

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