Miami clinic said linked to sports figures
MIAMI, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The records of a defunct Miami clinic linked to steroids contain the names of a number of famous sports figures, the Miami New Times reported Tuesday.
The newspaper, which conducted a three-month investigation, said the records were given to it by a former employee of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic not far from the University of Miami campus.
The clinic closed last month and its records "are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone to testosterone to anabolic steroids," the New Times said.
The newspaper said names in the records include New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, and other athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, Cuban star boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz.
The names also include former University of Miami ace Cesar Carrillo, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal. Washington Nationals star Gio Gonzalez and notable coaches, including UM baseball conditioning coach Jimmy Goins, the newspaper said.
Ravens' Lewis denies using antler spray
Mitch Ross, the owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids, based in Alabama, said in a Sports Illustrated report published Tuesday he provided "about 40 bottles" of the deer antler spray -- which contains the growth hormone IGF-1 -- to Lewis last year as the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker was recovering from a torn triceps.
SI reported Ross produced a recording of a conversation with Lewis in which the Ravens star tells Ross to "just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week."
Like the banned human growth hormone, IGF-1 is detectable only by blood tests, which NFL players are not yet required to take as the players' union and the league negotiate ground rules for them.
Lewis -- the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXXV -- initially sidestepped questions about the story Tuesday in New Orleans, where the Ravens are preparing to play in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, The New York Times reported.
However, when asked directly if he had ever used deer-antler velvet extract spray, Lewis said, "Nah, never," the Los Angeles Times reported.
49ers' Moss: 'I'm the greatest receiver'
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- San Francisco 49ers receiver Randy Moss told reporters Tuesday he thinks he is "the greatest receiver to ever play this game."
Moss, meeting with reporters in New Orleans during the Super Bowl XLVII media day interviews, said despite coming off "a down year for me, statistically," he regards himself as the best receiver in NFL history.
"The year before I retired was a down year, and then in Oakland was a down year," he said. "I don't really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you're able to do out on that field.
"I really do think that I'm the greatest receiver to ever play this game."
Most, however, consider ex-49ers star Jerry Rice, who is the NFL's all-time leader with 1,549 receptions and 22,985 yards, as the best-ever receiver.
Rice -- a 13-time Pro Bowl selection who played on three Super Bowl champion teams -- told ESPN: "I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls. Randy is still trying to win his first one, and I wish him the best, but I was very surprised that he said he's the best receiver to ever play the game. I leave that up to my fans to make that statement."
Obama concerned about football violence
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama says that despite being a football fan, he's concerned about violence in the game and its effect on players.
Speaking in an interview with The New Republic published Tuesday, Obama -- who has two daughters -- said as a parent he'd be reluctant to let his child play football in an era when the game is becoming increasingly violent.
"I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," he told the magazine. "And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence."
The trade-off for fewer injuries would probably be less excitement, he conceded, but if the game were made safer, "those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much."
The U.S. president said he's worried more about injuries to college players than to NFL players, who are "grown men" that are "well compensated for the violence they do to their bodies."