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Sharapova’s Positive Drug Test Result Caught In Upgraded Tennis Drug Screening Program

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The tennis world is currently facing a monumental challenge after tennis superstar Maria Sharapova tested positive for Meldonium during a routine drug test, tagged as “the biggest operation ever mounted in tennis” by this news article. The drug has long been included in the list of prohibited drugs, but Sharapova said she did not know about it. In fact, she has been using it for 10 years for therapeutic purposes.

Meldonium, a drug common to sports world is intended to enhance the flow of blood. It is medically administered to treat ischemia or the lack of blood flow. The drug was included in the list of prohibited substances because according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), there was evidence that athletes take it to enhance performance.

As a response to the massive drug debacle facing practically all sporting leagues, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) ordered the Biological Passport to take effect at the elite level of the sport by September last year. In line with the goal of developing the sport’s biological passport program, anyone who played a singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne was required to undergo a blood test. More extensive random tests took place during one of the events, and it was through the urine testing where Sharapova hit a snag. Her case is to be heard by the end of the month.

The elevation in stringency of drug screening procedures has shook the tennis industry, and this may just be the start of potentially catching other tennis players who are taking performance-enhancing drugs – knowingly or not.


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Lamar Odom Shows Signs of Improvement After Collapse in Las Vegas Brothel

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Less than a week after former LA Lakers forward Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a brothel in Las Vegas, the basketball superstar was reported in a news item to be doing much better.

News surrounding the NBA star’s sudden collapse quickly escalated, primarily because of earlier reports that his health was deteriorating and his chances of making it out alive are becoming slimmer by the minute. However, this was disputed by some sources close to Odom and the family of his wife Khloe Kardashian. As of this writing, Odom is already able to breathe voluntarily without the assistance of a ventilator. He was also reported to be able to make short conversations with people who visit him. In addition, the latest update is that he is already undergoing physical therapy.

Odom was earlier reported to have stayed in Love Ranch since October 10, and was found unconscious in his room on October 13. Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof said that Odom was taking herbal Viagra ad alcohol. Meanwhile, a 911 call traced to Odom’s case revealed that the basketball star also took cocaine and some amount of a sexual performance enhancing substance.

Statements from Odom’s family and his doctors at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center have not yet been released.

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Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Finishes Alcohol Rehab

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Don Draper just checked out of rehab!

Jon Hamm was recently reported by Yahoo! News to have completed rehab for alcohol use at the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut. Reports revealed that the 44-year-old actor checked in February at the rehab facility. “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction,” according to Hamm’s rep.

Westfeldt, who has been with Draper since 1997, said that his role in the hit TV show Mad Men is a “confusing juxtaposition”, saying further that “the darkness of Don has weighed heavily on Jon, despite it being the role of a lifetime and the opportunity that gave him the career of his dreams.”

Hamm’s rep asks the public to respect the actor’s process. “They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward,” the rep added.

Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, a character addicted to smoking and alcohol.

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Potential Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Hints at Marijuana Use in His Youth

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The 2016 elections may still be far away, but the press is starting to grill potential presidential candidates about their illicit past.

rand paulKentucky Senator Rand Paul was recently asked by WHAS, a television station in Louisville, if he smoked marijuana when he was younger. His response did not directly answer the question, prompting speculation about his past. “Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid,” Paul said in an AP news article.

Paul is seeking re-election as senator in the 2016 race, but is reported to be seriously considering the presidential slot. For now, the senator said his main agenda is to mitigate penalties for drug-related crimes that are non-violent. He added that many of the violators come from minority groups or the poverty sector. “I have a great deal of personal sympathy for people who have made mistakes as a young person,” Paul expressed.

Despite his plans on drug laws, he emphasized that he is not advocating drug use. “I think drugs, marijuana included, aren’t good for you… I don’t want to be someone who is seen as being this person advocating for drug use. I think they’re not a good idea,” the senator added.

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Elizabeth Pena Death Caused By Alcohol And Other Complications

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elizabeth penaAlcohol has been associated with various health risks, most notably liver diseases. This proved to be a fatal case for actress Elizabeth Pena, who died October 14 due to various health complications.

The “La Bamba” actress was confirmed by CNN to have died partly because of “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to a death certificate obtained by the network. This disease was listed alongside other disorders such as cardiogenic shock, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute gastrointestinal bleeding.

Pena, 55, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles but did not survive. Her death sent shockwaves through the industry as she has been active in her career. Her latest role was Sofia Vergara’s mother in the hit TV comedy “Modern Family”. She leaves behind her husband and two kids.

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Robin Thicke High On Drugs and Alcohol During ‘Blurred Lines’ Creation

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In the midst of the writing process for last year’s monumental summer hit “Blurred Lines”, singer Robin Thicke admitted through a court deposition that he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol”.

robin thicke drug alcohol blurred linesThe deposition was part of the ongoing court battle between the song’s credited writers — Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. — and children of the late Marvin Gaye, whose 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” was claimed by Gaye’s family to be the basis for the 2013 ditty.

Here’s a portion of the court deposition, as it appears in THR:

Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?

Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.

Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?

Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

The papers suggest that aside from Thicke getting high on drugs and booze, he was never a part of the writing process. In fact, he admitted in several interviews that he was under a massive “drug and alcohol problem for the year.”

“Blurred Lines” bagged the record for the longest running number one single in the 2010s decade at 12 consecutive weeks.

Thicke was arrested for marijuana possession in 2012.

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Robin Williams Found Dead in Home

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Hollywood and the world over is shocked at the loss of one of the greatest comics in history.

robin williams dead suicideRobin Williams, 63, was pronounced dead after emergency personnel found him unconscious in his California home at noon today. Although an autopsy has yet to be conducted, preliminary evidence seems to suggest an apparent suicide due to asphyxia, as reported by the Marin County Sheriff’s office.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider expressed her grief over the sudden turn of events. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend… While the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

According to the actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum via Yahoo! News, Williams had been experiencing depression in the past months. Last July, Williams checked into rehab at Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for sobriety issues.

He has always been transparent about his battle with substance abuse. Back in the 1980s during his Mork and Mindy days, Williams admitted to cocaine abuse, but decided to quit after the death of fellow actor John Belushi. He also underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006.

Williams has had a very colorful acting career, winning an Oscar for his touching performance as supporting actor in Good Will Hunting. He also has six Golden Globes, five Grammys, and two Emmy awards to his name.

The actor had three children — Zachary (31), Zelda (25), and Cody (22).

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Cause Of Death: Heroin, Cocaine, Other Drugs

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The medical examiner’s report is out: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a lethal mix of drugs.

Philip_Seymour_HoffmanThe results, released February 28, showed that a combination of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs caused the death of the critically acclaimed actor, whose lifeless body was found in his Manhattan loft February 2.

The New York City medical examiner did not cite any indication of overdose, and was not able to identify which specific drug was the main culprit. Dr. Charles McKay, spokesperson for the American College of Medical Toxicology, said in an interview that it would be difficult to pinpoint the killer drug. However, Dr. McKay concluded that the examiner’s report “suggests someone who has been using drugs repetitively”.

This report confirms earlier suspicions that Hoffman was still into drugs, even after undergoing rehab after a relapse in drug use. In fact, his body was discovered with a needle still stuck in his arm.

Included in the mix of drugs that caused the actor’s demise were benzodiazepines and amphetamines, which are prescribed for people who have anxiety and sleeping problems.

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Actor Josh Brolin Checks Into Rehab For Alcohol Abuse

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Josh BrolinAs Hollywood celebrates a surge in the U.S. box office through the hugely successful “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, Us Weekly revealed that actor Josh Brolin has checked into rehab for a reported alcohol abuse problem.

The “Jonah Hex” star entered a rehab facility in North Carolina, according to the Us Weekly insider. “He realized he needed help and is committed to his sobriety,” the magazine source said.

Earlier this month, Brolin figured in a physical altercation with a client at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, located in Santa Monica, CA. Several witnesses reported that the 45-year-old actor was drunk when the incident happened. The fistfight ensued around 2 in the morning of November 2, just outside the bar. Moments later, the two brawling bar customers reconciled by hugging each other.

On a similar note, Brolin was also found engaged in a verbal argument in a drive-thru outlet of Los Angeles Del Taco with a taxi driver. The loud exchange of words was captured on video for the world to see.

Days after the two incidents — both of which happened on the same weekend — the actor declared that he was “completely done” with alcohol. When asked about his weekend conflicts, he said “absolutely, it won’t be happening again.”

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Chris Brown Considers Taking Medical Marijuana For Anger Management Issues

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Years ago, Chris Brown was infamously linked to domestic violence against women, after he hit then-girlfriend and music superstar Rihanna. Now, the R&B singer seems like he’s going down the route of being a poster boy for pot.

chrisbrownOne day after appearing before the Los Angeles Superior Court last November 20, Brown declared that he should be prescribed medical marijuana to soothe his anger management problems. After all, medical cannabis is legal in California where he currently resides.

According to a news release, he added that he wants to discontinue his doctor’s current prescriptions of anti-depressant medication, citing that the drugs affect his overall health. As declared by a source close to Brown’s camp, the anti-depressant drugs “make Chris feel very numb and he felt that everything around him was fuzzy.” In addition, Brown frequently feels thirsty because of the medication.

Brown was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to three months in treatment and not less than 24 hours per week of community service, and will be subjected to drug tests.

It seems that Brown cannot catch a break. The embattled music artist reportedly figured in a civil disturbance wherein he had a violent argument with his mother and threw a piece of rock onto her car window. Meanwhile, he tested positive for marijuana last year, which almost certainly had a negative impact on his probation.