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Sweeping changes needed for curler's use of PEDs

Is any sport safe from the scourge of performance- enhancing drugs? Olympic gold medalist Jim Armstrong of Canada will be suspended for...

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Is any sport safe from the scourge of performance- enhancing drugs?

Olympic gold medalist Jim Armstrong of Canada will be suspended for 18 months after testing positive for tamoxifen, a breast-cancer drug that serves as an estrogren-blocker.

Who's Jim Armstrong, you ask? He's a Paralympic curler.

Fact of the day

The NHL's St. Louis Blues paid tribute to late Cardinals great Stan Musial on Sunday, with players wearing No. 6 jerseys in pregame warmups to be auctioned for charity.

And the game's first goal-scorer? Defenseman Wade Redden — the Blues' full-time No. 6.

Details, details

"Tiger and I shot the same score today," ex-Times sportswriter Bob Sherwin reported, via Facebook. "Don't think he skipped five holes, though."

No. 1 in the poles

Florida International defensive back Demarkus Perkins, out to impress a visiting recruit, took him to a strip club and then bragged about it on Twitter, The Miami Herald reported.

New rallying cry for letter-of-intent day: Win one for the stripper!

Quoth the Raven's dad

Just call him Off-Broadway Joe.

"Joe is dull," Steve Flacco, father of Ravens QB Joe Flacco, told The New York Times. "As dull as he is portrayed in the media, he's that dull. He is dull."

Straining a nee

"The Tampa Bay Rays, formerly the Devil Rays, have signed Juan Oviedo, who used to go by the name of Leo Nunez, just weeks after signing Roberto Hernandez, who was once known as Fausto Carmona," pointed out comedy writer Marc Ragovin.

"Their home opener is against ... the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim."

It wasn't the cat's meow

"To give you an idea of Lance Armstrong's demeanor during his interview with Oprah," wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, "picture a cat that was mistakenly locked in the ready room at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show."

Talking the talk

• Lions coach Jim Schwartz, to the Detroit Free Press, on 307-pound Ndamukong Suh scheduled to appear on ABC's celebrity-diving show: "There'll be a tsunami somewhere ... more (like) 'Celebrity Cannonballing.' "

• Bruce Penton of the Medicine Hat (Alberta) News, on QB Alex Smith's future as a 49ers starter: "Wally Pipp, meet Alex Smith."

• Reader P.M., to ThatsSports.com, on Jets coach Rex Ryan's recent traffic accident: "I thought he was a train wreck. Now we can add cars to his resume."

Cue the horn section

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis vehemently denied an SI report that he used a banned deer-antler spray to speed his recovery from a torn triceps.

Although, he had to admit, it's getting tougher and tougher by the day to get his helmet on.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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