Tuesday, August 2, 2005 Bulldog Sports Links

Today's Bulldog sports links from around the 'net ...

Bulldog Football

As Jerious Norwood enters his final season at Mississippi State, there are no plans from the athletic department for any kind of Heisman Trophy campaign.
Croom expects big things from Norwood
The Commercial Dispatch

HOOVER, Ala. - Chris McNeil knew the moment Mississippi State was the right place for him.
McNeil brothers go by feel
The Daily Journal

Bulldog Baseball

NEW YORK - Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused. "I have never used steroids. Period," he told a congressional panel in March.
Palmeiro suspended for steroids violation
Sun Herald

Rafael Palmeiro is facing both scenarios after Major League Baseball announced Monday that he is being suspended for 10 days for violating the game's steroids policy.
Palmeiro news a bitter pill to swallow
Sun Herald

Unless it's Rafael Palmeiro standing in front of a U.S. House of Representatives hearing, pointing his finger and proclaiming, ``I have never used steroids, period.''
Who will believe Palmeiro?
Sun Herald

Less than a month ago, Rafael Palmeiro walked with baseball giants Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray when he became just the fourth player to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
Palmeiro's numbers tainted
Sun Herald

WASHINGTON - If lawmakers believe baseball slugger Rafael Palmeiro lied to them under oath about whether he took steroids, they could ask the Justice Department to pursue perjury charges.
Congressional perjury charges rare
Sun Herald

BALTIMORE -- Authorities on steroid use said they found it hard to believe slugger Rafael Palmeiro's assertion that he unknowingly took a steroid that triggered a positive drug test, leading to his 10-day suspension from baseball.
Why it's hard to believe what Palmeiro is saying
The Commercial Appeal

Well, there goes another phony. Rafael Palmeiro lied. He was all fire and brimstone this spring, ripping Jose Canseco, swearing he did not take steroids, never has taken steroids, insulted that anybody even dared attach his name to steroids.
Raffy fooled us in March; he's the fool in August

This is the text of a statement from Rafael Palmeiro in advance of a national conference call he planned to conduct with the media later on Monday afternoon:
Palmeiro's statement regarding suspension

The baseball world was stunned Monday by the news that 20-year veteran and presumptive solid citizen Rafael Palmeiro failed a random test for performance-enhancing drugs and has been suspended for ten days. The latest installment in the game's ongoing scandal is perhaps its most important, and it raises a number of vital questions.
Positive test may doom Palmeiro's shot at Hall

First, I'm physically sick and disgusted that this has happened. I've defended the players from Day One, and I feel embarrassed and cheated that Rafael Palmeiro has gotten caught using a banned substance.
Palmeiro's credibility called in for questioning

Rafael Palmeiro may have found an unlikely supporter in former teammate Jose Canseco.
Canseco: Palmeiro a scapegoat

He looked across the room, caught my eye and, with a quick nod of his head, summoned me to his locker. I had been waiting for a half-hour or so that day, just biding my time in the visitors' clubhouse at Atlanta's Turner Field, until Rafael Palmeiro had some time to give.
Don't say a word

For the record, Palmeiro already has entered the all-too predictable plea of ignorance, saying he never "intentionally" took a banned substance. Uh-huh.
Palmeiro strikes out

BALTIMORE (AP) -- When Rafael Palmeiro became the fourth player in major league history to collect 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, his status as a future member of the Hall of Fame seemed somewhat secure.
Palmeiro's greatness, credibility tested by steroid suspension
Yahoo! Sports

It was only a matter of time before some future Hall of Famer tested positive, right? So we'd like to thank Rafael Palmeiro for being the winner of that race.
Palmeiro still worthy of Cooperstown

Rafael Palmeiro, the finger-pointing, Clinton-like, "I-did-not-have-steroids-with-this-body" first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is suspended Monday for -- ta-da -- steroid use, and his only explanation is essentially a bewildered look and a shrug of the shoulders?
Forgiveness for Palmeiro easier than believing him

Rafael Palmeiro jabbed his finger at the congressmen on March 17 and insisted he did not use steroids, much like Bill Clinton at the moment the former president said he did not have relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.
Palmeiro's silence condemning

In the wake of MLB's announcement that Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for steroid use (and we'll discuss the timing of the announcement shortly), one has to wonder if the Canseco book, so savaged in so many places, might actually be a rough guide to who injected what into whom in the days when anyone who was anyone had needles (and no insulin) in his overnight bag.
Canseco was on to something

Well, there goes Rafael Palmeiro's career. There goes the legacy, the good vibes of 3,000 hits, the poetic musings on his swing. There goes the certainty of the Hall of Fame.
Palmeiro's big hit

When Alex Sanchez blamed his positive steroid test on a dietary supplement last week, Jim Miller didn't shake his head in disbelief, didn't snicker, didn't think the Devil Rays outfielder was making excuses. The Giants backup quarterback, suspended for four games in 1999 after he tested positive for nandrolone, a steroid banned by the NFL and outlawed by federal law, had been down that road himself: Miller says a dietary supplement he took to speed recovery after workouts included 19-norandrostenedione, a steroid precursor that converts into nandrolone once it gets to the liver. The supplement label didn't include 19-norandrostenedione in its list of ingredients.
Supplement ingredients come under fire again
New York Daily News

Mary Ann Swindoll is the editor of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact her by email at maryannswindoll@genespage.com.

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