Report: DEA launching probe into how Angels’ Tyler Skaggs obtained drugs

first_imgOne federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ESPN that fentanyl has been showing up “everywhere, even in marijuana.”Skaggs’ family retained prominent attorney Rusty Hardin to represent them when the Southlake Police Department opened its investigation into the pitcher’s death. The family is also seeking to learn how Skaggs came into possession of the opioids that contributed to his death, including who supplied them.In a statement released by the family when the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office released its autopsy report on Aug. 30, it was suggested that an Angels employee might have been responsible for supplying the drugs.“We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them,” the statement said.The ESPN report confirmed that no Angels team employee has been connected to Skaggs’ death or targeted as of yet in the investigation being conducted by the Southlake PD. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter,” Angels team spokesperson Marie Garvey said in statement in the ESPN report.After the autopsy report came out, it was reported that Major League Baseball will conduct its own investigation into the matter and will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids with the players’ association.“For several reasons, including the tragic loss of a member of our fraternity and other developments happening in the country as a whole, it is appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement earlier this month.center_img The Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation to determine where Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his July 1 death in Southlake, Texas, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported on Wednesday.An autopsy released Aug. 30 found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol along with alcohol in Skaggs’ system when he was found dead in his hotel room. The fentanyl drew the attention of federal investigators, the report, which quoted anonymous sources, said. The report noted that the DEA frequently gets involved in fentanyl cases in an effort to track down the source of the drug.The powerful synthetic opioid has been linked to a number of high-profile drug-related deaths, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller. Finding the sources who are behind the distribution of fentanyl has become a high priority.Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room hours before the Angels were to begin a series against the Texas Rangers, having choked on his own vomit.last_img read more

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FIFA ethics committee: World Cup bid inspection chief has ban reduced

first_img Harold Mayne-Nicholls has had his ban reduced from seven years to three years The man who led the inspections of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids has had his ban from all football-related activity reduced to three years on appeal.Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former president of the Chilean federation, was originally banned for seven years by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee in July 2015 after an email exchange came to light between him and the head of the Aspire sports academy in Qatar.FIFA’s ethics committee found that Mayne-Nicholls “repeatedly asked for personal favours related to the hosting and training of his relatives” at the academy. Nothing came of the requests he made.Mayne-Nicholls described Qatar as a “high-risk” option to stage the 2022 finals prior to FIFA’s executive committee voting to give the tournament to the Middle East country in December 2010.The case against him was opened following the publication of a report by the former head of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, Michael Garcia. The world governing body’s appeals committee confirmed on Friday that it had cut the ban but upheld the initial fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (just over £14,000).The appeal of former Nepalese football association president Ganesh Thapa against a 10-year ban imposed by the ethics committee in November 2015 for bribery was rejected. 1last_img read more

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Survey Clark College students feel wellprepared for future

first_imgAleksi Lepisto This story was written by a staff member of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It will be published online today by The Independent at clarkcollegeindependent.com.Clark College students say they feel well-prepared for their future — whether it takes them to another institution or straight into the workforce.That’s according to a survey conducted earlier this month by student journalists at the college’s student newspaper, The Independent.The survey lent perspective for a student panel at The Columbian’s annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, being held Thursday at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For the first time, the breakfast includes a student panel called “Voices of our Youth.” Students from Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools comprise the panel, which is being moderated by Clark College President Bob Knight.Some 364 students, representing about three percent of the 13,096 full- and part-time students enrolled for the winter term at Clark College, participated in the seven-question survey. Students in history, art, engineering, communications, foreign language and English courses completed the surveys.“We conducted the survey so that there would be a broad range of students,” said Aleksi Lepisto, The Independent’s editor-in-chief. “We thought this was the fair way to do it.”Of the students polled, 242 reported they felt “well-prepared” for their future, whether they plan to transfer to a four-year school or enter the job market. The survey found that 301 students plan to transfer, while 24 said they intend to look for work in Clark County.last_img read more

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