Former track coach Trevor Graham is suing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for $30 million, saying the agency ruined his name when he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.
Graham filed the federal lawsuit yesterday in the eastern district of North Carolina. According to court documents, Graham says USADA "slandered my name for the whole world to see."
He received a lifetime coaching ban from the agency in July 2008 for his role in helping his athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs. Graham has always denied providing performance-enhancers to his athletes.
It was Graham who provided the government with its first evidence in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids probe, mailing a vial of a designer drug called "the clear" to USADA in 2003.
* Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's banned substance list. A person familiar with Cushing's case told the Associated Press that Cushing had one positive test last September, then subsequently tested negative several times. The NFL has suspended Cushing for the first four games of the season. He won the AP's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor in January for outstanding on-field performance. Now, the AP is taking a revote for the award, as well as All-Pro outside linebacker because Cushing made the second team.
* Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed has been placed on the injured reserve list because of a torn left Achilles' tendon, a move that means he cannot play this season.
* Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones resumed his troubled career when he fully participated in a voluntary team workout with the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he signed a 2-year deal last week.
* Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in a Georgia nightclub fight that killed a pregnant woman in 2008, has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and was sentenced to probation. Grant was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the Early County Sheriff's Office for his role in the February, 2008 fight.
* Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials to stamp out a rumor that four schools already had been offered a chance to join the league. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed that Delany had quashed a report that the Big Ten had offered expansion spots to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers.
* Willie Jeffries, the first black coach of a Division I school, and former Super Bowl standouts Troy Brown and Emerson Boozer head the divisional class selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. Jeffries was hired by Wichita State in 1979. Brown, who was on three Super Bowl champions with the New England Patriots, was a member of Marshall's 1992 Division I-AA championship team. Boozer, who helped the New York Jets beat the 18-point favorite Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, was a 4-year letterman at Maryland Eastern Shore from 1962-65.
* Fifteen-year-old golf phenom Alexis Thompson will make her professional debut June 14-20 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. In 2007 as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify to play in the U.S. Women's Open. She qualified again in 2008 and 2009.
* Ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, two-time bronze medalists at the U.S. championships, said they are ending their competitive career.