President’s weekend health and safety news from around sports:
* OregonLive.com wrote about the return of spring training — and excuses involving performance-enhancing drugs.
Spring started this week with a slew of mea culpas as players like the Mets’ Marlon Byrd, the Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz and the Padres’ Yasmani Grandal apologized to their teammates and fans for suspensions stemming from failed drug tests.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, both linked to Biogenesis, declined to answer questions on the topic, instead releasing written statements. Braun once again denied having ever used a banned substance, even as an additional document obtained by ESPN further linked him to Biogenesis and founder Anthony Bosh, who is being investigated by Major League Baseball for allegedly supplying PEDs to MLB players.
* GoErie.com talked to some former NFL players in the area about how they are dealing with life after football.
* The Bleacher Report wrote about three ways in which Sidney Crosby is proving he is over his concussion.
* A columnist with NESN wrote that banning fighting is not the way to cut down on concussions.
* The Shelby Star reported on how concussions are a unique challenge for players and athletic trainers in this N.C. community.
* WACH-TV reported on a conference for athletic trainers at the University of South Carolina.
* And Yahoo! reported that skier Lindsay Vonn posted photos on social media of her knee injury.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor