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LOS ANGELES -- Veteran UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a drug test, forcing him out of his bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 in Las Vegas
next month.
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. Sonnen said he tested positive for two banned
substances in a random test last month. The three-time UFC title contender is
likely to face a suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Sonnen attempted
to defend himself Tuesday, claiming he took anastrozole and clomiphene as part
of his move off testosterone replacement therapy, which was outlawed by Nevada
regulators earlier this year. Sonnen had an exemption allowing his steroid use,
but gave up TRT after it was banned. "They changed the rules, and Ive got to
comply with the rules," Sonnen told Fox Sports, the UFCs television partner.
"However, there is a transition period (after dropping TRT), and I couldnt have
been more open or more transparent." The 37-year-old Sonnen (28-14-1) said he
plans to appeal the commissions decision next week, even though he acknowledged
knowing the two substances were on the Nevada commissions banned list. Sonnen
said his doctor put him on the banned substances to bolster his natural
testosterone production, which can be stunted by taking synthetic testosterone.
He also believes he should be allowed to take the substances out of competition,
even though theyre banned precisely to prevent athletes from using them to gain
an unfair advantage in preparation for an event. "An athlete does not have to
remain off of medication 365 days a year," Sonnen said. "If theyre asking me to
choose between my health and my sport, thats not a choice I can make. Ive got to
choose health." UFC President Dana White blamed both the Nevada commission and
Sonnen while addressing the failed test on Fox Sports. White spoke out against
TRT earlier this year, shortly before the Nevada commission banned it and many
other commissions followed suit. "This thing has been bad since Day 1," White
said. "I wish that the commission had never let anybody use TRT, and when it
went away, they didnt do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys
off it. When you get off it, you dont just go cold turkey. "And its Chaels
fault, too, because Chael should have called the athletic commission and said,
This is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off this stuff, so
heres what Ive been taking." Sonnen had lost three of his past four fights
heading into his July 5 bout with Belfort, another former TRT user. While never
a champion, Sonnen is among the UFCs most prominent figures, serving as a studio
analyst, commentator and reality show coach for the UFCs broadcast platforms
while also continuing his fighting career. Sonnen also had high levels of
testosterone in his system after his thrilling loss to middleweight champion
Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland, California, in 2010. He received a
suspension for failing to get an exemption for TRT in California. Sonnens latest
drug mishap is another bizarre turn for UFC 175, which has endured numerous
changes and strange circumstances. Belfort only got a spot on the pay-per-view
card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center when Wanderlei Silva skipped a drug test
last month and dropped out of his scheduled bout with Sonnen, who harshly
criticized Silva on television for missing the test. Belfort used TRT for at
least his last three fights, all won by spectacular knockout in his native
Brazil. He dropped out of a scheduled fight with UFC middleweight champion Chris
Weidman in late February on the same day the Nevada commission banned TRT.
Belfort says he has since stopped using steroids. He is scheduled to appear at a
licensing hearing with the Nevada commission next week. UFC 175 is headlined by
Weidmans title defence against Lyoto Machida and bantamweight champion Ronda
Rouseys fourth title defence against Alexis Davis.
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. Watch the announcement live on TSN.ca at 12:30pm
et/9:30am pt. This years honourees will be recognized at the 2014 Hockey Canada
Foundation Celebrity Classic, scheduled for June 23-24 in Vancouver.
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. - Carter Verhaeghe scored the winner with 41 seconds
to go as the Niagara IceDogs edged the North Bay Battalion 3-2 to even their
first-round series at a game apiece in Ontario Hockey League playoff action on
. -- Without Carey Price, the run for a first Stanley Cup in 21 years got
steeper and longer for the Montreal Canadiens.GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Garbutt
scored on a short-handed breakaway with 1:16 left to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3
victory over the Arizona Coyotes, snapping a seven-game losing streak Tuesday
night.Tyler Seguin had two goals and Erik Cole also scored for the Stars, who
overcame a two-goal deficit. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots.Garbutt knocked the
puck to himself off the boards in tthe defensive end and took it all the way for
a forehand that beat goalie Mike Smith.
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. Dallas (5-6-4) trailed 2-0 until late in the second
period when Seguin put in a deflected shot from Jordie Benn at 17:59. Less than
a minute later, with the Stars on a power play, Seguin collected a shot sent
through the goal mouth by Jason Spezza and scored to tie it.
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