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Castillo extends streak to 34 games. Page 4C (She Qlime INSIDE Doland excelled on and off field at McNeese, 2C D Meredith Duncan advances in Western Amateur, 2C D NHL approves safety nets for spectators, 5C ' mm CONTACT JOHN McCLOSKEY 459-3295 or sportsshreveporttimes.com FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2002 3 Steve Wilstein Baseball can't hide steroids now NEW YORK Baseball's commission-er and union head are talking a good game about steroid abuse. . Trouble is, it sounds " '. like all talk. As if the only things that matter are counteracting bad publicity and placating a , few critics in Congress. Bud Selig and Donald Fehr have finally acknowledged, at least tacitly, that baseball has a drug problem. That's a lot farther than they were willing to Opinion -go four years ago when . Mark McGwire kept androstenedione in his locker while launching 70 moonshots. Their reaction then was to shrug it off and commission a study, asking Harvard sck entists to check out andro. . v - Big surprise, the scientists told them two years later that andro does raise . testosterone levels and might lead to liver damage and other nasty problems. Selig and Fehr didn't do anything then or when, around the same time, 10 team doctors warned of widespread steroid abuse. Nor did Selig and Fehr express alarm when more and more players .-- -showed up each spring with grotesquely transformed bodies, claiming their new 30 pounds of steely muscle came just from working out over, the winter. Now with Jose Canseco saying, albeit in his typically hyperbolic way, that 85 percent of ballplayers are juiced, and Ken Caminiti acknowledging that he used steroids during his 1996 MVTseason, ho. one can pretend that baseball does not ' have a mess to clean up. i "You're talking about the health and welfare of a group of people, which is very important," Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday in Milwaukee while calling for steroid testing in the labor agreement under negotiation. , "No one cares more about the game, , the health of the players, than the players themselves," players association boss Donald Fehr told a Senate committee Tuesday during hearings on steroid abuse in baseball. c- Fehr allowed that it might be time for Congress to study andro. Robert Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for labor relations, said Congress should consider reclassifying andro and similar testosterone boosters from over-the-counter supplements to controlled drugs that require prescriptions. That's easy for Fehr and Manfred to say. It doesn't call for any accountability from the players or the owners. What would mean something would be a year-round, random drug-testing program. A program that has teeth in it, that would punish players for cheating and send a message that steroids won't just be discouraged, they won't be tolerated. Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, noted at the Senate hearing that the NBA has mandatory random tests for steroids. The NFL also tests for steroids while the NHL, like major league baseball, has no policy regarding their use. Random testing, Colangelo said, "would be a necessary and fundamental step in the direction of ridding steroid use in major league baseball" Fehr is not willing to go anywhere near that far. He still puts protecting players' rights to privacy ahead of worries about their health and influence over youngsters. The union might accept limited steroid program but don't count on players handing over urine samples whenever a tester shows up without cause. Similarly, Selig's comments notwithstanding, baseball owners don't have the interest, gumption or resolve to press for Olympic-style testing. For one, muscle-bound home run sluggers sell tickets. For another, there are more urgent problems a luxury tax and contraction, for example on the collective bargaining table. With strike talk fouling the air, neither side is likely to go to the mat over steroids. So all the talk of doing something about steroids is probably just that Up service. A way to sound sincere in response to embarrassing claims by Canseco and Caminiti. . Selig and Fehr are saying things now that they should have said four years ago when McGwire acknowledged using andro. Instead, afraid of sullying McGwire's record as he and Sammy Sosa helped revive baseball from the lingering morbidity of the 1994 strike, Selig and Fehr danced around the issue. They can't do that so easily anymore. Steve Wilstein is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Stewart watched U.S. team flourish Today's game U.S. vs. Germany, . ESPN coverage ' beginsat6a.m. . Results online Click on www.shreveportti mes. com and look for News ,. from the Wire. ' INSIDE: Injured Armas watches dream go by, 3C The Associated Press ULSAN, South Korea Earnie Stewart remembers the old days, when the United States was a soccer outsider that other countries ridiculed. He's spent 12 years with the American national team, helping it become a contender with global soccer powers and reach the World Cup quarterfinals today against Germany. "We've come a long way with the whole program, with the players, with everything for U.S. soccer," he said. Stewart led the United States with three goals in the semifinal round of qualifying for the World Cup and scored five of the Americans' 11 goals in the 10 games of the final round. 1 Yet, on ; a team where 20-year-olds Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley stand out with their fearlessness and Clint Mathis , sticks out with his Mohawk hairdo, Stewart stays in the background. "He's a great leader on the Arena field," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said, citing Stewarf s "experience, quickness, ball possession" and calling him ttie foundation of our team during qualifying." Stewart is so low-key that he never told anyone around the team until two years ago that his name is spelled "Earnie." Go back to July 4, 1994, when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and he's referred to as "Ernie Stewart" "He just kind of pointed it out," said Jim Moorhouse, who heads the UJS. Soccer Federation's media office. "And we said, 'Really?" ,. But on Tuesday night he uncharacteristically stood out at the U.S. team hotel, dressed in scarlet, as the Italy-South Korea game was being shown on TV. "I had on my Korean shirt and everything last night to support them," Stewart said. "I felt like that was the least I could do." As the United States fell behind Poland by three goals last Friday, he was convinced his World Cup career had just minutes left. And then South Korea scored to beat the Portuguese, allowing the Americans to advance to the second round. My U-i. . Jr.V'v'-'-'v r-V t . &mm Grand Nationals give Shreveport-Bossier City international exposure. By Brian Vernellls . The Times - After getting a total of 4 uz hours of sleep Monday and Tuesday night, you would expect Jack Roller's eyes to be heavy with prominent dark circles . around them. But instead of finding exhaustion dropping from his face, Roller was bright and alert, though harried on Wednesday. His appearance was deceiving. Even he admitted he was drained after the first day of the AAUUSA Grand National Wrestling Championships at Hirsch Coliseum. As the tournament director, everything revolves around him. By Saturday, the final day of the tournament, about 1,000 wrestlers will have competed in the oldest wrestling tour-. nament in the world. On that first day, Roller was zig-zag-ging around Hirsch, making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible with , about 170 wrestlers competing in the Sombo tournament "It's been a real challenge," he said that first day. "We had about 200 kids . (Wednesday), well have 500 (Thursday) and close to 800 (today and Saturday). We've had different problems than we would with all the kids here. We got 2,460 kids through in Reno for the Reno World Championships easier than the 200 kids we had (Wednesday) ." His problems began early Wednesday morning when 11 of the 13 timers used for the matches were malfunctioning. A hasty phone call to an electrician resolved that problem. The four-day event actually plays out as three separate tournaments attracting wrestlers from around the globe. The license plates in the Hirsch parking lot read like an atlas Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Colorado. Wrestlers from Venezuela, France and Bulgaria also attended the first day. I See AAU 3C Event schedule TODAY: 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies; 9:30 a.m. Freestyle tournament begins, continues until pool placement is decided SATURDAY: 8 a.m. Freestyle tournament resumes; 4-6 p.m. Approximate time of finals ' 'ibJiet'''' ij -'u' Sfy (I, - V Brad Ezell of Illinois (bottom) winces as Richard Smock of Nebraska pins him during a match at Jessica UlghThe Times the AAU Grand National Championships at Hirsch Coliseum on Thursday. After the game, he looked drained and spoke like someone who had been pardoned. "1 think everybody, including myself, had the feeung that we were done," he said. The son of a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Dutch mother, Stewart lived in the United States only from 1971 to 1976. When the USSF discovered he was a citizen, he was called in to join the national team after the 1990 World Cup. . He scored the winning goal in the 2-1 upset of Colombia at the 1994 World Cup and proposed to his girlfriend Yvonne in the afterglow of the victory. Texas edges Stanford Longhorns advance to Saturday's championship game. The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. - The school that's been to the College World Series more than any other is back in the title game for the first time in 13 years. Texas clinched a berth in Saturday's championship by beating Carolina war reaches boiling point, 5C S t a n ford 6-5 a y night. "It's been our moment. It's been a ride where we've been destined to be to this point," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. Jeff Ontiveros and Dustin Majewski homered and relievers Jesen Merle and Huston Street shut out the Cardinal over the last four innings as Texas beat Stanford for the second time this week. The Longhorns (56-15) advanced to the final game for the first time since 1989 and will play for the title against the winner of today's game between South Carolina and Clemson. "We had our goal set on the World Series and winning it" said Majewski, whose solo homer in the seventh broke a 5-all tie and held up as the game-winner. "I think we deserve to be here the way we worked all year long." The Longhorns are in their 29th CWS and have four national titles, the last in 1983. Stanford had opened its last two CWS appearances 3-0, then lost in the title game. The Cardinal fell to the elimination bracket after an 8-7 loss to the Longhorns on Monday. "They played tough. We jumped on them early but they battled back," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "We had some chances to score, but See HORNS 5C " Air f V-'V...:. -- .&bts&r -JrfW('Bi r Saints kick off final minicamp Saints comerback Dale Carter (top) attempts to tackle rookie wide receiver Donte' Stallworth during Thursday's workouts. The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Aaron Brooks is still working on technique, still honing his skills, in fact, still learning the names of all the new people on the practice field for the New Orleans Saints final minicamp. Still, Brooks, who is going into his second year as the Saints starting quarterback, was one of the seasoned pros on the field Thursday. Of the 93 players in the minicamp, 50 of them are in their first year with New Orleans. "My job is just to bring them along," Brooks said of the additions to the Saints offense, "slowly but surely." After a minicamp and the coaching sessions condensed from seven weeks a year ago to a 3'Vweek stretch that ended last Friday, the players have been exposed to the complete playbook, coach Jim Haslett said. "We've been working hard since we got here," Haslett said. "What we did was put in the offense, defense and special teams. It's the third time they're going to hear it There H be some mistakes, but hopefully when we get out of this camp and by the time we get in training camp there won't be any." Brooks is pleased with the increase in speed hell have on the offense this year. No. 1 draft pick Donte' Stall-worth and free agent Jerome Pathon are expected to add threats at wide receiver. "We're still working on things," Brooks said. "But every step makes us better." Haslett is happy with the depth on both offensive and defensive lines. There are 12 players on each one in camp this week. "In addition to our five starters, we feel that we are going to have real good backups as well," Haslett said. The biggest area of concern is running back. Ricky Williams was traded to Miami this spring, leaving the starting job to Deuce McAllister. "I'm proud of what Deuce has accomplished this offseason," Haslett said. "He's going to play at about 230 pounds, that's about 12 pounds more than he weighed last year. 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