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The delay is troubling because the scientific
07-11-2015, 11:41 AM
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The delay is troubling because the scientific
Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced on Tuesday the signing of
left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty to a contract for the 2014 season.
cheap jerseys . Lafferty, 27, set a Goldeyes record
last season by appearing in 53 games out of the bullpen, which passed Brian
Beunings 51 appearances in 2008. The product of Riverside, Calif. went 5-2 with
a 3.49 ERA in 49 innings of work and posted 50 strikeouts. "Were really thrilled
to have him back," Forney said. "I was really excited to get him last year and
he certainly was as good as we hoped he would be. He really is a durable,
reliable type guy that likes to pitch every day. Thats an important ingredient
when youre trying to put your bullpen together because our rosters are so small.
Having him back in the fold certainly makes us better down there in the
bullpen." Lafferty tied with Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitcher Joe Harris for the
most appearances by a pitcher in the American Association last season. Lafferty
and teammate Chris Kissock combined to make 103 appearances out of the bullpen,
which was the most by any duo in the league. Prior to joining the Goldeyes for
the 2013 season, Lafferty played four seasons in the Kansas City Royals system
after being drafted by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB amateur
draft. He played with Double-A Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League in 2011
and 2012. He was a Rule 5 pick of the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2012
season, but was released during spring training. The Goldeyes now have four
players signed for the 2014 season, including three pitchers and one position
player.
<mybb-bad-sm> . His Predators sure responded as if they did. Pekka Rinne
made 28 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Francis Bouillon scored at
4:28 of the third period, and the Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on
Thursday night for their third win in four games.
<mybb-bad-sm> .Fagundez debuted for Uruguay this month in the South
American Under-20 Championship, which means he is no longer eligible to play for
the U.S. at the senior level. He has a Uruguayan passport, but is not eligible
for an American one for several years.Nearly two dozen scientists and lab
directors from around the world have signed a letter sent to the NFL and the
players association stating the current test for human growth hormone is safe,
scientifically reliable and appropriate for use in professional sports leagues.
The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, was dated Oct. 3 and sent to NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith. The NFL
and the players agreed to begin blood testing for HGH as part of their new
collective bargaining agreement, but only if the union agreed to the methods.
The union has delayed implementing the test, asking for more scientific data to
prove it is reliable. The letter, signed by 23 scientists and lab directors,
says, "Any suggestion in the press that its accuracy is a matter of debate is
incorrect." In another letter obtained by the AP, a separate group of
anti-doping scientists and lab directors also endorsed the test. "We want to
take the opportunity to confirm that the test itself is scientifically accepted
and has undergone extensive evaluation," says that letter, sent to Larry Bowers,
the lead scientist at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, then forwarded by USADA CEO
Travis Tygart to Goodell and Smith. In all, about five dozen doctors, scientists
and lab directors had their names on the two letters, which were sent to
undercut the unions questions about the accuracy and validity of a test that
produces an average of one false positive for every 10,000 tests conducted.
"This further demonstrates that there is simply no excuse for delaying the start
of HGH testing in the NFL," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "The scientific
validity of the test is unquestioned. The abuse of growth hormone must be
deterred to protect the health of our players and send the right message to
young athletes in all sports." NFLPA spokesman Georgge Atallah said the union
wanted to review the letters before commenting.
<mybb-bad-sm>. The union has asked for more scientific information about
the test so it can do its own analysis. One of the key items the NFLPA is
seeking is a population study of the test -- the data from the athletes who were
used to originally set thresholds as to what constitutes a positive test. It
wants to compare that data to a population study on football players; the union
believes they could have naturally higher HGH levels above those of other
athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which sanctions the test, has declined
to produce more information, per the unions request, saying plenty of data about
the test is available and in the public domain. The majority of those who signed
the letters have some connection to WADA or its accredited labs. Those
associated with labs linked to WADA are typically discouraged from making
statements that question the agencys tests or procedures. Tygart, in his cover
letter to Goodell and Smith, said scientists at an international anti-doping
symposium held in London earlier this month were "uniformly troubled" by the
delays in implementing the test. "The delay is troubling because the scientific
validity, reliability and accuracy of the ... test is universally accepted and
attendees at the Symposium recognize that the test is currently the best way to
detect and deter the use of this dangerous, performance enhancing drug," Tygarts
letter said. Even the tests biggest supporters agree that the HGH test has a
weakness in that it only detects synthetic growth hormone for around 24 hours
after ingestion. But since the test was introduced in 2004, its accuracy has
rarely been questioned this vehemently. In an interview earlier this month,
Atallah said there "are some certain, fundamental things were asking for that
are not insane." <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm>
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