Sports Briefs

Steroid testing proving to be costly

Steroids are a huge problem, but at what cost? Steroid testing is expensive and some believe it is not worth the price tag considering the current economic crisis.

According to a report on, it can cost up to US$200 per test. There have been 30,799 tests conducted since 2006 and only 20 have come back positive.

At $200 per test, that is over $6 million spent in the past three years to catch 20 people cheating.

Canadian basketball players face long, tough road

In comparison to basketball, it is easy to become a hockey player in Canada. You get signed up when you’re a kid and, if you’re good enough, you go on to play junior or university, and hopefully someday make it to the NHL.

However, Canadians playing basketball do not have such a straight forward approach, as proven by Brampton, Ontario’s Tristan Thompson.

According to, Thompson had to do his own research to find where the top American recruits go to school, go all the way to New Jersey just to get a workout with coach Dan Hurley, join his team at St. Benedict, get kicked off the team, get transferred to Findlay Prep in Nevada, and is now finally bound to join Texas in the NCAA.

“Not bad for a Canadian, eh?” said Thompson’s mother Andrea.

Arms and legs are overrated anyway

He has no limbs but is one of the best wrestlers around. Twenty three-year-old Kyle Maynard is a congenital amputee but has worked past his disabilities to become a premier wrestler and now wants to make a foray into mixed martial arts.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Maynard, who held a 35-16 record without getting pinned in his senior year in high school wrestling, is set to fight an amateur MMA fight.

The exhibition is going to be a grappling only MMA fight in Alabama on April 25.

MMA fighter drinks his own pee

The undefeated Lyoto Machida has revealed the secret to his success. He drinks his own urine.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Machida said he drinks his own urine “every morning like a natural medicine.”

He is not the only one as Luke Cummo also does it claiming that urine “contains minerals, hormones and elements that bind moisture to protein.”

Or maybe it’s bad breath that is helping these mixed martial artists win fights.

University of Winnipeg names new athletic director

Doran Reid is now officially taking over as athletic director after Bill Wedlake’s retirement last year. Reid had been the acting athletic director and was officially named on Mar. 30.

Reid’s credentials include being a co-founder of the Junior Wesmen Basketball Program, point person on the construction of the Bill Wedlake Fitness Centre, and co-chair of the 2004 and 2005 CIS Women’s Basketball Championships.

“Doran is a committed, skilled and energetic individual who will enhance our community initiatives, will further develop our academic and athletic programming, and will help our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and on the court,” said University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy in a press release.

Published in Volume 63, Number 26 of The Uniter (April 2, 2009)

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