PGA Tour will be­gin test­ing for HGH

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Gary Klein

The PGA Tour is beef­ing up its anti-dop­ing pol­icy by ad­ding blood test­ing and bring­ing its list of banned sub­stances in line with the World Anti-Dop­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

The re­vised pol­icy takes ef­fect in Oc­to­ber, at the start of next sea­son.

Blood test­ing will al­low the tour to de­tect any use of hu­man growth hor­mone, which is on the list of banned sub­stances but can­not be de­tected through urine. How­ever, the tour still plans to use urine sam­ples for the ma­jor­ity of its drug test­ing next sea­son.

Tiger Woods has checked into a clinic to get help deal­ing with pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion for pain and a sleep dis­or­der, and his agent is not sure how long he will stay.

Mark Stein­berg of Ex­cel Sports Man­age­ment said Tues­day he could not dis­close the lo­ca­tion of the in-pa­tient treat­ment. He said pain med­i­ca­tion at times was the only way Woods could get up and mov­ing dur­ing the tough­est days of re­cov­ery fol­low­ing four back surg­eries.

To­gether for 25 years and more than 600 golf tour­na­ments, Phil Mick­el­son and cad­die Jim “Bones” Mackay are mov­ing on.

In a sur­pris­ing email just two days af­ter the U.S. Open that Mick­el­son didn’t play, they said the de­ci­sion to part ways was mu­tual and not based on any one in­ci­dent. “We just feel it’s the right time for a change,” Mick­el­son said.

Mick­el­son and Mackay were to­gether for 45 vic­to­ries world­wide, in­clud­ing five ma­jors, and ev­ery Pres­i­dents Cup or Ry­der Cup team since 1994.

Top-ranked Andy Mur­ray headed a list of high-pro­file de­par­tures in the first round at Queen’s in London, with the Wim­ble­don cham­pion los­ing to a player who found out he was com­pet­ing only on the morn­ing of the match.

Mur­ray put in a sloppy and er­ror­prone dis­play in los­ing to 90th-ranked Jor­dan Thomp­son 7-6 (4), 6-2, join­ing Stan Wawrinka and Mi­los Raonic in get­ting elim­i­nated on a day of shocks at the Wim­ble­don warmup event. They were the top three seeds.

It was Mur­ray’s first loss at Queen’s since 2014, ended his 14-match win­ning run on grass dat­ing to 2015, and is a set­back to his prepa­ra­tion for Wim­ble­don, which starts on July 3.

The sec­ond-seeded Wawrinka was beaten by big-serv­ing Feli­ciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Raonic, last year’s run­ner-up at Queen’s and Wim­ble­don — both times to Mur­ray — lost 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) to No. 698-ranked Thanasi Kokki­nakis.

Roger Fed­erer bounced back from his first-round de­feat in Stuttgart last week with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Yuichi Sugita of Ja­pan in the open­ing round of the Gerry We­ber Open at Halle, Ger­many. It was the Swiss great’s 1,100th ca­reer vic­tory.

Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, who lost in the fourth round while try­ing to de­fend her French Open ti­tle, barely sur­vived her first grass match of the sea­son at the Ae­gon Clas­sic in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land, strug­gling to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Rus­sian qual­i­fier Elza­veta Kulichkova. Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova also won her open­ing match, beat­ing Tereza Smitkova 6-2, 6-3.

Demetrius Rhaney, a backup cen­ter for the Rams the last three sea­sons, was one of four play­ers waived Tues­day. Re­ceiver Mar­quez North and linebackers Reg­gie Northrup and Tei­drick Smith were also waived. The Rams also signed their re­main­ing five draft picks, re­ceiver Josh Reynolds and line­backer Sam­son Ebukam (fourth round), de­fen­sive tackle Tanzel Smart and full­back Sam Rogers (sixth) and line­backer Ejuan Price (sev­enth).

For­mer Notre Dame quar­ter­back Ma­lik Zaire says he’s go­ing to Florida. Zaire an­nounced his de­ci­sion Tues­day on In­sta­gram with a pic­ture of the Ga­tors logo.

Tony DiCicco, who coached the U.S. to the 1999 World Cup ti­tle be­fore an over­flow Rose Bowl crowd in a land­mark for women’s soc­cer, has died at 68. DiCicco be­came the U.S. coach in 1994 and led the team to the gold medal at the 1996 At­lanta Olympics, the first Games to fea­ture women’s soc­cer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.