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Steroid penalties much tougher with agreement

Updated: November 15, 2005, 11:29 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got the tougher drug policy that he wanted and Congress demanded. Now a player who fails a steroid test will miss nearly a third of the season instead of a little more than a week.

Spurred by the threat of legislation, baseball players and owners agreed Tuesday to tougher penalties for steroid use next season, including 50 games for a first offense, 100 games for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third, plus testing for amphetamines.

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