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The spring training season for major league baseball got underway this past Tuesday, but most of the talk seemed to center around the claims contained within the recent book penned by that proverbial Peck's Bad Boy of baseball, Jose Canseco. In the book, which is named "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids", Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big", Canseco claimed that many of his former teammates (and many who were not) used steroids, including Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Bret Boone, Miguel Tejada, and numerous others. Throughout the book, Canseco defends the use of steroids, and also claims that President George W. Bush (who was president of the Texas Rangers when Canseco was on the team) also knew about the steroid use that was going on at the time on the roster. White House press secretary Scott McClellan responded to the claim that President Bush knew about steroid abuse by stating that, "If there was, he was not aware of it at the time."The first link leads to a news report from Fox Sports Online which discusses the ripple effect the claims made by Canseco have had around the league during the past few days. The second link will take visitors to the 60 Minutes interview with Jose Canseco from this past Sunday. Here visitors can read the transcript of the segment and view a video clip of Canseco talking with Mike Wallace about his steroid use. The third link leads to a news piece from SportsLine which talks about the accusation that President Bush knew about the alleged steroid use that Canseco claims went on during his time with the Texas Rangers. The fourth link leads to a piece from the New York Post that talks about the accusation made by Canseco that noted Yankee Jason Giambi was a heavy steroid user. The fifth link will take users to a rather biting editorial on the current steroid scandal from the Chicago Sun-Times' sports columnist, Jay Mariotti. On a bit more upbeat note, the sixth link leads to the Major League Baseball's official spring training website. Here visitors can learn about the upcoming games and read news reports on their favorite teams and individual players. The final link leads to the National Institute of Drug Abuse's homepage dedicated to providing information about current research on anabolic steroids.
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