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UPDATE: Does Big Mac belong in the Hall of Fame?


Former St. Louis Cardinals star Mark McGwire is sworn in to testimony at the House of Representatives hearing on Government Reform in Washington, March 17, 2005.

In a statement sent to various news outlets on Monday Mark McGwire finally admitted what many had already suspected.

“I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize,” McGwire said in the release.  “I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

McGwire said his decision to talk about his steroid use was prompted by his new position as St. Louis’ hitting coach.

McGwire said he feels he has an obligation to talk about this part of his career and answer questions.

Tomlinson charges ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Brown


Before the season began, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was miffed at Hall of Famer Jim Brown for calling Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings “hands down, the best running back in the NFL”. Aided by a cane, Brown returned to Cleveland Sunday night to watch Tomlinson pass him for eighth place on the career rushing list.

The Chargers star ran for 64 yards to give him 12,321 – nine more than Brown – and needs 419 more to pass Tony Dorsett for seventh. Tomlinson also became the fastest player ever to score 150 touchdowns, achieving the milestone in his 137th career game. In a sign of respect after his touchdown, Tomlinson pointed his finger at Brown who was following the game from a suite.

from Raw Japan:

Ichiro: Japan’s greatest sporting export

Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki underlined his position as his country’s greatest sporting export after shattering one of Major League Baseball’s oldest records.

The Seattle Mariners outfielder was described as a "Hercules" by fellow players after becoming the first man to record 200 hits for nine straight seasons.

Fixing baseball’s embarrassing problem


bondsaster“The cat – mmrrrooowwwrr – is out of the bag!” – Seinfeld’s Cosmo Kramer upon the realization that his first name had finally been revealed.

Alex Rodriguez (click link for video), Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the players linked to performance enhancing drugs. The cat, is most definitely out of the bag.