Addiction and substance abuse

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Devon Alexander, right, punches Amir Khan during their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Alexander has gone from world champion, to painkiller addict, to boxer on the comeback trail. He believes the battles he’s waged to get back into the ring will benefit him as he chases another title. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
July 26, 2018 - 3:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Devon Alexander has gone from world champion to painkiller addict to boxer on the comeback trail. He believes the battles he's waged to get back into the ring will benefit him as he chases another title. Alexander held two world championships by the time he was 23 years old. But...
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July 18, 2018 - 12:45 pm
Rebecca Maine was a heroin addict as a teenager. At times, she didn't see living very long as a viable option. Now, Maine is a student at the Penn State campus in DuBois and has Olympic aspirations as a boxer. Considering how far she has come since first trying heroin at age 16 to "going on to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory watches play from the sideline during the team's NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Arlington, Texas. The NFL has reinstated Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who was suspended all of last season over multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. The league said Tuesday, July 17, 2018 that Gregory can join the Cowboys at training camp in California next week. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
July 17, 2018 - 4:10 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who was suspended all of last season over multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was reinstated Tuesday. Gregory can join the Cowboys at training camp in California next week and will be eligible for games as long as...
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July 09, 2018 - 10:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. An arbitrator last week ruled in favor of the University of Southern California, saying...
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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving kneels to the side and watches teammates during NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 15, 2018 - 5:52 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the second straight year the pass rusher is facing a ban to start the season. The punishment announced by the league will not keep Irving from...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is shown during a halftime ceremony of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Green Bay, Wis. Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Sports Illustrated reports that Favre says he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during his MVP season of 1995. The former Green Bay Packers star said “that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, ‘I gotta get more pills.’ “(AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)
May 22, 2018 - 4:05 pm
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, people make bets in the sports book area of the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Those who deal with compulsive gambling are worried that a rapid expansion of sports betting in the U.S. could cause more people to develop gambling problems. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 19, 2018 - 11:55 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. For the experts and organizations already concerned about pervasive problem gambling, it promises a whole new roster of worries. Much of the apprehension...
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FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Randy Gregory stands on the sideline late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Arlington, Texas. A person with direct knowledge of the application said Friday, May 18, 2018, that Gregory is set to seek reinstatement after missing the 2017 season over multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
May 18, 2018 - 12:28 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is seeking reinstatement to the NFL after missing the 2017 season over multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy, a person with direct knowledge of the application said Friday. Gregory's application should be received by the...
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May 14, 2018 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states (all times local): 6:15 p.m. An oddsmaker at one Las Vegas resort sees little chance that betting in other states will siphon...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, NFL footballs sit on the field during warm ups before an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Pittsburgh. The NFL wants Congress to enact a framework for legalized sports betting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for more states to allow gambling. All the major leagues responded to a ruling that figures to have far-reaching implications throughout the sports world. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
May 14, 2018 - 6:28 pm
The NFL wants Congress to enact a framework for legalized sports betting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for more states to allow sports gambling. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 on Monday to strike down a 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling. Before...
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