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Doctor with ties to Woods is under investigation

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Doctor linked to Woods being investigated

The FBI in Buffalo is investigating a Canadian doctor with ties to golfer Tiger Woods and dozens of well-known athletes for possible drug violations in the wake of the doctor's arrest in October at the Canadian-U.S. border, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

The doctor, Anthony Galea, was stopped in Toronto on Oct. 15 carrying human growth hormone and Actovegin, an unapproved drug in the United States. His attorney, Brian H. Greenspan, said Galea is expected to learn of charges related to conspiracy, controlled substances and customs violations from the Royal Canadian Police in a Toronto courtroom Friday.

Greenspan said Galea was carrying "a very, very small amount of HGH" for personal use. HGH is illegal without a prescription in the United States and Canada, and it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and nearly all professional sports leagues.

It is not uncommon for the FBI in Buffalo to be notified of apparent attempts to enter the United States with illegal drugs, and opening an investigation would be standard procedure, two officials said. A government source said the office "wouldn't be concerned necessarily with who the users are but that doesn't mean [it] wouldn't interview them."

Greenspan described Woods as a patient whom Galea "assisted in his rehabilitation program" after knee surgery last year.

Greenspan said Galea never prescribed banned or illegal drugs to any professional athletes and that Woods had no connection to the case. . . .

In Los Angeles, Illinois insurance executive Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to secretly shooting nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who called her stalker a sexual predator and said she hopes he "never sees the light of day." Barrett pleaded guilty to interstate stalking after Andrews urged the judge to give him a harsh sentence and not allow him out on bail.

"His actions have had a devastating impact on me and family," said Andrews, who attended the hearing with her father and attorney. She said she is constantly reminded that Barrett's videos appeared online and subjected her to cruel taunts from fans while working as a sideline reporter.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real allowed Barrett to remain free pending sentencing on Feb. 22.

COLLEGES

A record six players on the top-ranked Crimson Tide, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, made the Associated Press all-America team.


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