IOC denies covering up 2008 Olympic doping cases

first_imgThe IOC denied Monday that it covered up doping cases from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a German TV program revealed that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters were not prosecuted.German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt said “several” of the Caribbean island’s athletes had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent re-tests of 8-year-old urine samples.No athletes were identified. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three gold medals in world-record times and was the star of the Beijing Games.The IOC said on Monday it concluded there was no pattern of organized cheating, after consulting the World Anti-Doping Agency.”After careful consideration, WADA informed the IOC further to the pattern analysis that the IOC had conducted that WADA could not find any significant and consistent pattern of abuse of clenbuterol in these cases and that it would be appropriate not to take these cases any further,” the IOC said in a statement.The low levels of clenbuterol found, “below 1ng/ml,” was in the range to suggest “potential meat contamination cases,” the IOC said.China has a reputation for using clenbuterol in livestock farming to increase animals’ muscle, and Olympic athletes were warned of contamination risks before going to Beijing.Without naming Jamaica, the IOC said the number of clenbuterol cases in the re-tests was widespread.”During the re-analysis of the stored urine samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, the laboratory found in a number of cases of athletes from a number of countries and from a number of different sports, very low levels of clenbuterol,” the IOC said in a statement.advertisementThe World Anti-Doping Agency cited a legal precedent when FIFA did not prosecute more than 100 positive tests for clenbuterol among players at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011 in Mexico, which also has a reputation for using the drug in farming.”We acknowledge that the clenbuterol meat contamination issue is unsatisfactory,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said in a WADA statement. “We will continue to invest in scientific research to try to solve this issue as quickly as possible.”Seppelt and German network ARD have consistently revealed and reported on doping scandals, including working with whistleblowers to expose systematic cheating in Russian track and field.Clenbuterol is best known as the substance that cost Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador the 2010 Tour de France title. Contador claimed his positive test was caused by contaminated beef brought to France from Spain. A Court for Arbitration for Sport panel judged that he did not intend to dope, and had ingested a contaminated supplement. Contador served a two-year ban and was stripped of the 2010 Tour win.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (September 26)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy on Monday…”Pleased to announce new offensive line coach, Les Miles. Welcome home, Mad Hatter.”— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 25, 2016Other sportsOSU football wasn’t the only OSU team to lose to Baylor this week. [O’Colly]Golf NewsArnold Palmer passes away. [CBS]This is probably the best thing I read about him last night. [SI]I also wrote about Rory’s monster 30 on the back nine yesterday with $11.5M on the table. [CBS] Football NewsMason Rudolph on OSU’s line and RBs: “I’m really proud of guys, our offensive linemen. They did an incredible job all game of moving the ball on the ground. Our running backs made some great cuts, some great runs.” [NewsOK]One month into the season, Oklahoma State’s biggest problem on paper is apparent. The Cowboys haven’t stopped the pass. [Tulsa World]Also look back at the last point here in our preseason “what worries us.” [PFB]Dez caught it. [PFB]Berry Tramel still has OSU No. 4 in his Big 12 power rankings. [NewsOK]Hey I did a nerd box score for the first time in a while. [PFB]Never before has a Mike Gundy-coached OSU football team had a losing record through five games. If the Cowboys don’t beat No. 22-ranked Texas this week in Stillwater, they will have stumbled to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. Toppling Texas also is important for this reason: Since rolling to a 10-0 start last season, OSU has lost in five of its last six meetings with FBS opponents. [Tulsa World]Four of Oklahoma State’s final five drives Saturday night ended at the Baylor 11, Baylor 3, Baylor 1 and Baylor 24. Out of that, the Cowboys came away with a total of three points. [ESPN]We all felt how QB1 felt: “Gosh … the runs that Justice made tonight were incredible.” [NewsOK]The 10 best quotes from the BU game. [PFB]The 12 best stats. [PFB]Around the countryLes … gone. [PFB]Longest-tenured P5 coaches at same school:Stoops (18 yrs)Ferentz (18 yrs)Patterson (17 yrs)Gundy (12 yrs)Whittingham (12 yrs)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 25, 2016last_img read more

Watch: OSU Crowd Chants ‘Gundy!’ ‘Gundy!’ After Win Over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This tells you everything you need to know about how the Oklahoma State faithful feel about their head ball coach in Stillwater. Following OSU’s dominating win over the Horns in Stillwater, fans who stuck around after the game showed their support for Mike Gundy with a chant of ‘Gundy!’ ‘Gundy!” that echoed through Boone Pickens Stadium:#OKstate Gundy chants raining down inside BPS pic.twitter.com/tv3mr94Irq— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 1, 2016last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Move to the Coaches Box Could be Permanent

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State was missing some sideline flair on Saturday against the Horns. And no, Mike Gundy didn’t cut his mullet. The always animated Glenn Spencer, who coordinates Oklahoma State’s defense, moved from the sideline to the booth for the Longhorns for the first time this season. A move that was made by Mike Gundy after the Cowboy defense was gashed a week ago in Waco to the tune of 387 yards through the air and nine plays of more than 30 yards.“With the style of play that we see in this league,it’s much easier to get a feel for what the offense is doing if you look down and see it,” Gundy said after the Cowboys win on Saturday.Through the first half on Saturday, though, it was Spencer with an aerial view of his defense giving up a number of big plays that gave up 25 points at the half.Perhaps the biggest benefit from his birds eye view was his ability to see things unfold from a high-level perspective. If so, it certainly worked. Oklahoma State’s defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just 6 second half points.“It’s a lot more calm,” Spencer said of his new view in the box. “There are advantages and disadvantages to both and an argument for either. Last week (at Baylor) with so much going with personnel, Coach (Gundy) said let’s get you up there and see if you can see better and you can. You can see things better. I have to have confidence in my guys on the sideline thought, for the emotional part. They have to keep the juice up.”Although Spencer’s exuberant personality will surely be missed, the move to the box could be a permanent one if the results continue.On if the move was permanent for him, Spencer thinks it likely will be. “If I had to guess, we’re 1-0 right now so yes. Coach (Gundy) is right, it was his idea because a couple times last week I was bumping into people and it was chaotic. But, you give up something for more advantages.”last_img read more

Watch: Tyreek Hill Scores Second Career TD for Kansas City Chiefs

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs were practically run off the field on Sunday evening against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Chiefs kept fighting, despite the lop-sided nature of the contest, and it was with the help of Tyreek Hill the Chiefs finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter.Bobbled… juggled… CAUGHT.TD!The @Chiefs are on the board! #KCvsPIT https://t.co/cHiCIyEGpv— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2016Hill returned a punt for a touchdown earlier in the football game, but the play was called back for a block in the back. He has had two returns for touchdowns this season, both of which were called back for holding.last_img read more

The Reload: October 3

first_imgThe Reload is your Oklahoma State recruiting recap filled with the latest recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Midwest City ConnectionsAmong the over 100 recruits who were on hand Saturday to watch Oklahoma State take down Texas in Stillwater was junior defensive end prospect Jalen Redmon of Midwest City. Redmond is a rising two-sport star who has just one offer from Tulsa, but will likely see that change soon. He’s one of the top prospects in Oklahoma for 2018, and having the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder down the road is certainly a bonus. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him grab an offer in the not so distant future.Another Midwest City star who OSU has had their eye on for awhile now is 2017 safety Evan Fields. Fields now has 21 scholarship offers, but for some reason, Oklahoma State held out on offering the 6-foot-2 hard hitter. Fields reported an offer from the Pokes over the weekend, reportedly after seeing him play his first game of the season on Friday night. Blessed to receive my 21st offer from Oklahoma State?? #GoPokes #G2G pic.twitter.com/TlDC9vCa2L— E6 (@TheEvanFields4) October 1, 2016Hoops recruit makes official visitBrad Underwood’s lone commitment in the 2017 class, Zach Dawson, made his official visit over the weekend to watch the Texas game according to hoops analyst Chip Miller:Oklahoma State 2017 commit Zack Dawson (@ZackD305) is currently on campus at Stillwater for his official visit … pic.twitter.com/E04o3iukLY— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 1, 2016Dawson, a 6-4 guard from Florida, is ranked as the No. 70 prospect in the 2017 class and the No. 15 point guard in the country. Oklahoma State Still Recruiting Arkansas PledgeElite safety prospect Montaric Brown of Ashdown, Arkansas, chose the in-state Hogs earlier this summer over OSU and Alabama, who were considered his top 3. And despite his commitment to Arkansas, OSU is hanging around in his recruitment.To no avail so far, too. “I just don’t want to go nowhere,” Brown told Arkansas Online. “I’m loyal to Arkansas. I’m just going to stick with Arkansas.”Brown cites a solid relationship with tight ends coach Barry Lunney at Arkansas for his solid commitment. And while OSU hasn’t cracked him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them hanging around. Oklahoma State will lose a lot of veteran experience where early playing time could be a factor for a true freshman like Brown, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas.Owasso defensive back offered by OSUOwasso has two ELITE defensive backs in the 2018 class in Wayne Jones and Josh Proctor, who now have both been offered by the Cowboys. Jones received his this weekend:https://twitter.com/wj63196/status/782246680758366208I went and watched Owasso take on Jenks in the season opener this year, and Jones really stood out among the crowd along with Proctor. He has good size at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, and has game changing speed on the back end of the defense and plays with good instincts to diagnose plays before they develop. Playing safety for Owasso last season, he had 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 10 pass break ups. Along with fellow teammate Josh Proctor, Jones will likely become a national recruit before he finishes high school.Oklahoma State offers 2018 tight endThe commitment to the Cowboy back position was evident on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns, with Keenen Brown and Blake Jarwin’s involvement seeing a spike in targets. And the commitment continues on the recruiting trail as well, with OSU extending an offer to 2018 prospect Zach Sheffer of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Sheffer has offers from Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 21 others. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Oklahoma State-Texas

first_imgHere’s the scene where Vance just decides he’ll talk to Charlie in the locker room. h/t @stinemonster #Texas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/Ls61cSUyZq— Sean Adams (@thatsean) October 1, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. THREE blocked extra points for OSU. Texas is controlling both offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage, but that special teams line! Future pro-bowl special teams kick blocker! UPSET ALERT!Oklahoma State runs No. 22 Texas out of town with a dominant 49-31 win pic.twitter.com/IWoJ2yKS5p— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2016 Big 12 refs on point today. Charlie tried to decline a penalty that would have given OSU a first down (an oversight by Charlie), and the refs quick to point out that it was a mistake. “The refs giving Charlie a helping hand here,” says the announcer. What? What? What?Rennie Childs, Barry J., and Jeff Carr all have their moments at times. But there’s no doubt Justice Hill is the real deal. The explosion through holes, the vision, the elusiveness. Everything he does is just a step ahead of the pack. We need more Justice Hills.James Washington is best when you think he’s down. A lot of his highlight plays come after dudes have him wrapped and he just wiggles away like he just lathered vaseline down his leg. Piesman moment!? pic.twitter.com/IdKiWM41HN— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 1, 2016 Here’s my notebook with some lingering thoughts from the Oklahoma State-Texas in the Saturday brunch matchup in Stillwater. You can read the 10 thoughts here.Oklahoma State came out with a fire under their tushies. Texas, coming off a bye week, elected to defer, then proceeded to let OSU march down the field with what I’ve been told is a “running game.”Rudolph is looking light on his feet. He has hit the “B” button early more than Justice Hill. When he’s elusive in the pocket, he’s tough to handle as a defense.Guarantee I just woke the neighbors up watching this in real time. Maybe the whole block. Vincent Taylor needs to run our 96-wheeler package! I’m all for Mason Rudolph getting out in space and sliding to avoid pressure, but if you feel the need to run QB1 at the goal line into two NFL linebackers, I’m not sure I understand why. Maybe speaks to the desperate nature of OSU’s poor running offense in the red zone.Game note: Two OSU linebackers are dinged up in the first half. Jordan Burton goes to the locker room with injury with ~3:00 left in first half, and Devante Averette tweaked an ankle. Kirk Tucker getting some extra play as well as Calvin Bundage getting some run at STAR linebacker is great, but not in this scenario.The 18-wheeler package for Texas is #strong. The J-Dub package worked for OSU, but Tyrone Swoopes is a whole different type of physical. Swoopes has 3 TD’s in the first half with zero pass attempts… You know what’s coming, Glenn!Defense: Super optional in the first half. A recap: It’s 30-25 #OKState. If Texas made its PATs, this game would be 28-28.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 1, 2016 It’s just a matter of time before Vincent Taylor blocks us all on Twitter— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) October 1, 2016 Block party in stilly ???— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) October 1, 2016last_img read more

Former Bachelor Chris Soules Visits Stillwater

first_imgAmong the nearly 52,000 reportedly in attendance from last weeks game against Iowa State in Stillwater was former Bachelor and mini-celebrity Chris Soules. He stopped in front of Boone Pickens to pose for a photo during his stop, tagging Boone Pickens in a tweet of him holding an Eskimo Joe’s cup:Great time watching my Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium with @boonepickens. The Cyclones ran his okstate pokes within a block of home. pic.twitter.com/zoF56T1maP— Chris Soules (@souleschris) October 10, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. thanks for the pic..my @BachelorABC addicted wife @larryscowgirl is so jealous. Good luck to your Cyclones the rest of the way. pic.twitter.com/3HVE4wKID3— Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice) October 11, 2016Soules was the Bachelor of season 19 [thanks, Google.] Unfortunately for him, his Cyclones melted down in the third and fourth quarter and probably broke his heart harder than Andi Dorfman. At least he left town with a taste of cheese fries in his mouth.last_img read more

Jordan Sterns Knows How Good He Is, Does the NFL?

first_imgWe’re just days away from the NFL Draft. A couple hundred or so young men eagerly wait to see if and when their names will be called. But whether you’re Myles Garrett, who can apparently threaten the first team on the board into drafting him, or the eventual “Mr. Irrelevant”, your life is about to change forever.Former Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns finds himself somewhere in the middle. His measurables are respectable but not enough to get him out from under a Big 12-sized conference-defense bias. You have to watch him in-game to see his potential.The three-year starter and leading tackler under Mike Gundy earned a reputation for getting to the ball and leaving a little orange paint once he got there.That’s something Mike Gundy said he’ll miss about Sterns.“Sterns is a throwback player,” Gundy said prior to the Alamo Bowl. “He kind of goes back to the days of the ’80s of guys that will strike you and enjoy the contact. Goes against human nature for two people to want to run into each other. There’s some players that are somewhat genetically unbalanced and they’re willing to do that. Sterns has been one of those guys up to this point.”“Genetically unbalanced” does not guarantee you an early round draft spot, I’m sad to say. NFL.com gave Sterns a 4.9 draft grade which falls just shy of the “50/50 shot to make a roster” range.But for the sake of comparison, let’s look up the list to their No. 4-ranked safety, Washington’s Budda Baker who, with a score of 5.9, falls under “could become early NFL starter”.Last year, Baker had 71 total tackles (49 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups and three sacks. Sterns’ senior year, he amassed 101 total tackles (63 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two pass breakups. Baker also played two more games than Sterns, who sat out against Iowa State.In the measurable department, Sterns is taller with a bigger reach and bigger frame than Baker’s, which according to NFL.com raises concerns about his ability to pack on 200 pounds. Conversely, Sterns can count his frame as a strength, with NFL.com seeing him able to bulk up if needed, though he already has NFL size.Sterns is a step slower than Baker (4.51 at OSU’s Pro Day) with Baker recording a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine. Sterns’ negatives are an observed stiffness in his hips and and a belief that he lacks elite athleticism to play centerfield in the NFL.ProFootballFocus predicts Sterns as a special teams contributor at the next level, citing that lack of elite athleticism and “long speed” as a possible issue when keeping up with the wide receiver talent he would see on a weekly basis.For what it’s worth, Sterns’ 4.51 40-yard dash from OSU’s Pro Day would have landed him tied for 6th among safeties at this year’s NFL Combine. Again, not elite, but nothing to shake your head at.PFF also recently lauded Sterns for his ability to stop the run and use his reach to tackle in space. Here are some highlights.Aggressive when attacking the run from safety position without being out of control.Flashes the ability to break down and tackle effectively in space.Has frame to add more muscle and have a proper NFL body type.Uses his length well to reach around his man and break up passes when in position.Made significant strides in coverage each of the past two seasons; gave up a QB rating of 157.7 in 2014, 92.2 in 2015 and 57.3 this past season.Gave up just 14 receptions on 25 primary targets in 2016; only one went for longer than 20 yards, and only three were longer than 10.Second-best run-stop percentage within 8 yards of LOS of all Big 12 safeties. [ProFootballFocus]At least up until this point, Sterns does not appear concerned with such things.“I don’t really care what I’m ranked or what I’m hearing right now because at the end of the day I know how good I am,” Sterns exclaimed on the PFB Podcast. “So if they’ve got guys ranked ahead of me and what not, I know my work man so I pretty much try to stay off of those scouting websites.”Whether Sterns ends up hearing his named called from the podium this weekend or finds his way onto a roster as a free agent, I have a feeling he’s going to find his niche at the next level. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Gundy, Rudolph Talk About OSU Football Culture, Facilities

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s won 100-plus games and counting as the head coach in Stillwater, including three 10-win seasons in the last four years. Outside of last season, they’ve done it all without any mullet magic or butch wax to lube up the offense.So what’s the secret behind the success?In an interview with OSU’s Orange Power Studios, both Gundy and Rudolph attributed it to the culture Gundy and his staff have established and nurtured in Stillwater over the years.“We’ve created a culture here at Oklahoma State that’s second-to-none,” said Gundy. “We have a great family atmosphere with our football team. Our coaches treat our players like they would their own sons. We have open door policies, they can talk to us. We want to be their second home away from home.”Talk about a recruiting pitch, folks. Waxed mullet and all, Gundy pitches recruiting into a football family — something recruits consistently get the vibe of when they visit Stillwater — because it’s comfortable. As soon as a mother or father of a recruit hear they’ll be taken care of and treated like a family member, it’s enough to at least perk the ears up a little.Don’t just take it from Gundy, either. Quarterback Mason Rudolph says he’s felt the family atmosphere from Gundy during his stint with OSU, and feels Gundy is a very relatable and personable person to everyone — including himself.“He’s not just a CEO mentality,” said Rudolph. “He’s a guy that will come up and speak to you personally. Whether you’re in the hallway at the facility or watching film or on the practice field, he’s very outgoing. He’s a guy that cares about you not only as a player, but as a person.”“The culture now is success … I think people from coast to coast respect #okstate football.” – @CoachGundy pic.twitter.com/sN2uOO5V0g— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) May 30, 2017last_img read more