See results of doping tests from swimming world championships

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See results of doping tests from swimming world championships

From Comcast SportsNet Monday, August 22, 2011
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP)Swimmings governing body FINA announced Mondaythat all 362 doping tests from last months world championships in Shanghai havecome back negative.There were 311 urine samples taken, including 43 screenings for the bloodbooster EPO, and 51 blood tests. FINA announced in Shanghai that the blood tests taken there will go towardthe implementation of a biological passport program, much like the one the UCIinstalled in cycling.FINA took special measures to ensure that meat at the athletes hotels inShanghai was not contaminated with clenbuterol, which is common in Chinese meatand on WADAs list of banned substances as an anabolic agent that builds muscleand burns fat.Standout Brazilian sprinter Cesar Cielo won two gold medals at the worldsafter being cleared of doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.FINA had challenged a Brazilian federation decision to give Cielo only awarning after he tested positive for furosemide, a banned diuretic and maskingagent, at a meet in Rio de Janeiro in May.Cielo said he consumed the drug in a contaminated batch of a food supplementhe regularly used.

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

When trying to figure out what the Patriots will ultimately do with Jimmy Garoppolo, forget about the speculation and instead focus on the little things the team does. 

Like how they are tending to Jacoby Brissett. 

After having thumb surgery on Oct. 7, Brissett was put on IR. But the team used its one "Get off of IR free card" on Brissett and he's been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks while not taking up a roster spot. 

That alone isn't compelling evidence that he's the backup-in-waiting and Garoppolo's about to be packed up and shipped out, argued my compadre, Senator Phil Perry. The team had no other players on IR that they could use the designation on at the time. Why not use it on Brissett?

Prior to that, though, we've seen Brissett accompanying the team to away games including the cross-country junket to San Francisco. A reason? Since the Patriots played three straight at Gillette at the start of the season when Brissett was the direct backup to Garoppolo, he didn't get a good look at the road operation and the tempo of being the visiting team. How things work on flights, in meetings, at opposing stadiums and on the sidelines is worth getting a promising young players' eyes on. Also, getting his offensive teammates used to having him around is probably an even bigger benefit. It's not unprecedented to have IR players travel but its not conventional practice either. 

With so many quarterback-needy teams around the league, Garoppolo is perhaps the most attractive option out there. By the end of this year, he will have apprenticed three seasons behind the best quarterback of all-time in a sophisticated offense for a program that's as demanding as any in the league. In the 10 quarters he was able to play as a starter in place of Tom Brady, he was sensational.

He got hurt and that's not great. But any team making a deal for him that has concerns about his durability can take him for a spin for one season. Garoppolo is on the books for $825K in 2017 and then his contract is up. The team that dealt for him can franchise him if they need another season to think on it. 

I don't think the Patriots are itching to move Garoppolo. They know they are sitting comfortably with a stack of the most valuable commodity in the sport -- good quarterbacks (or at least one great one and two promising ones) - piled in front of them. They can let the game come to them. 

If it does, as former Patriots executive and Bill Belichick consigliere Mike Lombardi thinks it will, the Patriots can rest easy dealing Garoppolo knowing that they already did advance work getting Brissett up to speed.