Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bill Would Limit Sale of Andro

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bill Would Limit Sale of Andro

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Legislation limiting sales of steroid precursors such as androstenedione, a substance Mark McGwire used in his record-breaking home run year, won approval Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

The measure would ban over-the-counter sales of precursors, which act like steroids in the human body. The Food and Drug Administration said earlier this month it would ban all sales of androstenedione.

"Since steroids were banned under the Control Act of 1990, many new substances have been developed that have essentially the same effect on the body as anabolic steroids," said the bill's sponsor and committee chairman, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

The committee approved the bill on voice vote, sending it to the House floor.

Senate OKs bill to regulate boxing: The Senate approved legislation that would create a federal agency to oversee professional boxing.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the bill's author, has criticized fight promoters for taking advantage of young boxers and chastised state boxing commissions for conflicts of interest and for not ensuring the objectivity of fight judges.

Boxing is the only major professional sport in the country without a central regulatory authority.

The legislation would establish a United States Boxing Administration within the Labor Department. It would license professional boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.

U.S. gets win in preparation for World Cup qualifying: In Plock, Poland, the United States tuned up for World Cup qualifying by beating Poland 1-0 in an exhibition soccer game.

DaMarcus Beasley scored the goal, ending the host's seven-game winning streak.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel had a shutout in his first national team game in nearly two years for the United States, which lost to Poland 3-1 in the first round of the 2002 World Cup. …

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