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Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, says she is not good enough even with steroids

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Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other.

Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her Dec. 17, 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka. She disappeared for a year and a half while she cleaned up, giving Rousey the chance to take over as the biggest name in the sport.

Rousey became the face of women’s MMA and ran through her competition to the point that many have called for her to fight Cyborg. Though Rousey is not afraid to fight Justino, she is always more than willing to rip the cheater. Two years ago, Rousey said that Cyborg was a dick and has a dick. In April, she called Cyborg an “it.

Rousey spoke with the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and took some time to lay into Cyborg again. Rousey said she would be willing to fight Cyborg but says the steroids user’s only strength as a fighter is her strength, which is obtained through unnatural means.

“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said via MMAFighting.com. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.”

Rousey then went on to say that Cyborg is not technically proficient as a fighter.

“The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

“She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them,” she added. “My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power.”

Rousey also said Cyborg was going to fight in the UFC but bailed as soon as she found out fighters would be subjected to random drug testing. Rousey believes Cyborg has avoided dropping down from 145 pounds to 135 because she knows it would be difficult to dope and drop the weight.

Even though Rousey knows many people will cheat, she says she will always be clean and it will feel more satisfying to beat them despite being at a disadvantage.

“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why [Cyborg] was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs.”

“You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.”

Rousey has a big mouth and people dislike her for that, but it’s hard not to love those comments. How can you not root for someone with that attitude?

[Also see: Whom will Ronda Rousey fight next?]

Does War Machine have a steroids problem?

War Machine muscles

On the surface, War Machine exhibits obvious signs of a steroid user.

War Machine, whose real name is Jon Koppenhaver, is massive and has unnatural looking muscles. He has veins coming out of everywhere. His muscles have muscles.

On top of that, War Machine seems to have a short fuse and tendency to show aggression. He was arrested for assault five times in a 3-year span from 2009-2011. Ex-girlfriend Christy Mack says he used to beat her weekly. Last week he raged on her and one of her friends, putting Mack in the hospital with severe injuries.

Now War Machine is on the loose and wanted by police, and there is a $10,000 reward offered for his capture. That has led TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter to pursue him.

In an effort to get the word out so he can be aided in his pursuit, Dog has been doing interviews. In an interview with MMA Mania, Dog said he believes War Machine is on drugs and has heard the fighter has a steroids problem.

I think that there is some kind of drug, brother, that is involved, whether it be steroids or some other substance because I hope to God this guy isn’t naturally like this. I don’t think he was drunk. What I found through my initial investigation is that in the last three or four years, his life and personality took a nose dive. That comes from talking to people on both sides — families, neighbors, relatives — we’ve talked to a lot of people already. I think that he needs to turn himself into me, tell his side of the story and get out of whatever is causing him problems. Again, I’ve heard it’s steroids, but whatever, he needs to get in prison, dry out and then maybe come out and be a referee or something.

[Also see: Christy Mack releases horrific War Machine beating photos]

Dog gave War Machine a warning on Tuesday about time ticking before he would pursue the fighter on the run. Dog said he was close to capturing the fighter. We’ll see how this shakes out.

Colin Cowherd insinuates that David Ortiz is using steroids

David-Ortiz-Against-One-Game-PlayoffWhat David Ortiz has accomplished through the first five games of the 2013 World Series is nothing shy of incredible. The 37-year-old slugger has carried the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals by going 11-for-15 from the plate (a .733 average), belting two homers and driving in six runs. He has reached base 15 out of 20 times he has strolled to the plate.

The Cardinals have not been able to get Big Papi out, and ESPN’s Colin Cowherd thinks he knows why. During the opening segment of his show on Wednesday, Cowherd basically said he believes Ortiz is currently using performance-enhancing drugs.

“David Ortiz, who was shot two years ago, is now Babe Ruth,” Cowherd said. “That’s a great story. And I don’t want to get in the way of that great story because it will make people really, really mad. … Last time I saw a guy like this it was Barry Bonds. But sports is about storytelling and hero worship and cool nicknames and fanaticism. Fans get mad when you derail that.”

[Related: Jon Lester defends David Ortiz against Colin Cowherd]

Ortiz’s power numbers have remained relatively consistent throughout his career with the Red Sox, but his .309 average this season was tied for the second-highest of his career for any season in which he appeared in at least 100 games. A historically slow starter, Ortiz came out of the gate red hot in 2013. In fact, a local sports writer insinuated back in May that Papi must be juicing.

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Jack Clark challenges Albert Pujols to take lie detector test about steroids

Albert-Pujols-Angels-slumpFormer St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols filed a lawsuit against Jack Clark earlier this month in response to Clark’s steroids allegations.

Clark, a four-time MLB All-Star and former Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, recently accused Pujols of using steroids. Pujols vowed to take legal action against Clark in response. Clark, who was fired from his radio gig with WGNU after making the comments about Pujols, does not seem overly concerned about the lawsuit.

On Monday, Clark’s attorney sent a letter to Pujols’ legal team proposing the two sides settle the lawsuit by submitting to a lie detector test. The letter, which was obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, suggested that Pujols allow a lie detector test administrator to ask him if “he is being deceptive when he asserts that he has never used steroids or performing enhancing drugs while in the minor and major leagues.” In return, Clark would be asked if he was lying about former personal trainer Chris Mihlfeld telling him Pujols “juiced.”

The letter proposed that the dispute be settled depending on what happens with the polygraph tests. Basically, Clark is hoping they can take the lie detector tests and then the person who needs to apologize will apologize and be done with it.

Obviously, this resolution would be best for Clark. Pujols has more money than he knows what do with, so he doesn’t even need to take legal fees into consideration. Clark could be telling the truth about Mihlfeld claiming Pujols took steroids, but he’s the one that decided to share it with the world on his radio show. Don’t expect Pujols to agree to take a polygraph test. That would be way too big of a risk.

Eric Byrnes: Hall of Fame player from ’70s and ’80s used steroids

Eric ByrnesFormer MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes decried steroid use and lobbied for harsher penalties for drug cheaters in an essay written on his website. He also says a prominent Hall of Fame baseball player from the 1970s and ’80s used steroids.

Byrnes, who played in the bigs from 2000-2010, wrote the following on his site:

Disturbingly, not long ago I was having dinner with a former long time Major League player that spoke about the steroid use of a prominent Hall of Famer that played the majority of his career in the 70′s and 80′s… Ha! Not like I was shocked but damn… So many members of the Hall of Fame, including this character, have recently spoken out and condemned guys who have had ties to performance enhancing drugs, saying there is no place for “cheaters” in the HOF… I just wonder how many of the other guys in the “Hall” were actually cheaters themselves?

This is not the first time we have heard that there is a steroid user in the Hall of Fame; Jose Canseco has said there is a steroids user already in the Hall.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has very specific rules against cheating and considers a player’s character as part of the criteria for admission. No players were elected to the Hall this year because the most accomplished players up for eligibility all had ties to steroids. Most of the sanctity of Cooperstown would be eliminated if it turned out that they had already elected a cheater.

In addition to his revelation about the Hall of Famer who used PEDs, Byrnes explained why he wants harsher penalties for current users who get busted.

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Someone called 104.5 pretending to be Shane Spencer admitting to using steroids

Shane SpencerA man claiming to be former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer called into Albany sports radio station 104.5 The Team on Monday and gave an interview where he spoke about steroids among the Yankees.

Spencer played for the Yankees from 1998-2002, batting .263 with 43 home runs for the team while winning three World Series championships. In the interview, the person claiming to be Spencer made a steroids admission and apparently spoke about other members of those Yankees teams using ‘roids.

A podcast of the interview with the phony Spencer remained on 104.5 The Team’s website until being pulled down on Tuesday night after the station learned of the hoax. Word of the interview made its way to the Yankees clubhouse, leading Derek Jeter to have one of the team’s video coordinators call the real Spencer, who serves as the hitting coach Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.

“I listened to (the interview) for about a minute and I about threw up,” Spencer told ESPN New York on Tuesday. “I just want it out there that it wasn’t me.”

What’s odd is that the show’s host, Mike Lindsley, had been emailing Spencer over the weekend trying to set up an interview for Monday, but they could not settle on a time.

Spencer issued the following statement about the interview to ESPN New York and other outlets:

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Justin Verlander upset by Jack Clark’s ‘moronic’ steroids accusation

Justin Verlander TigersLike Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander is upset with Jack Clark for accusing him of using steroids. The Detroit Tigers pitcher is not threatening legal action against the former all-star, but he does think the radio host’s accusations this week were moronic.

On his new radio show and in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Clark said Albert Pujols’ former trainer told him Pujols used steroids. Also on his radio show, Clark accused Verlander of juicing.

“Verlander was like Nolan Ryan, he threw 97, 98, 100 miles an hour from the first inning to the ninth inning,” Clark said on the air, per the Post-Dispatch. “He got that big contract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What happened to it? He has no arm problems, nothing’s wrong. It’s just the signs are there.”

Verlander, who has been one of the hardest throwers in the game since breaking into the bigs in 2005, dismissed Clark’s accusations.

“It’s moronic,” Verlander said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Look at the source. It’s moronic to talkabout something you know nothing about and clearly … he’s not watching.

“There is no merit in what he is talking about. He’s not watching me pitch. Because if did he would’ve seen my last start, right? He’s saying I’m struggling to hit 93, 94? I averaged 97 and hit a 100 in my last start. So clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Verlander is right — he touched 101 mph during his start on Tuesday. His velocity has been down this season, but that is following a trend that has existed since 2009. Verlander peaked with an average fastball velocity of 95.6 mph in 2009. He averaged 95.4 mph in 2010; 95.0 in 2011; 94.3 in 2012; and now 93.0 this season, per FanGraphs’ metrics. He’s having a down year by his standards, but he hasn’t been bad. He’s still been a very valuable pitcher. He’s also 30 years old and has thrown over 1,700 innings in his career. Pitchers tend to wear down over the years, and that seems like a more likely explanation for Verlander’s problems this season than steroids.