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Odesnik denies involvement with lab

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LONDON (AP)

An American tennis player who served a one-year ban for possessing human growth hormone denied involvement with a Florida clinic being investigated for reportedly selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and other baseball players.

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Wayne Odesnik said reports that his name had been found on handwritten records kept at the Biogenesis of America Clinic in Coral Gables, Florida, were ''erroneous.''

''None of that's true,'' Odesnik said after his five-set loss to Jimmy Wang of Taiwan at Wimbledon on Tuesday. ''I don't have any connection to it.''

Afterward, he was asked about the history of his drug case. He received a two-year suspension after Australian customs agents found him in possession of eight vials of HGH when trying to enter the country in 2010.

The suspension was reduced to 12 months for his cooperation with authorities investigating drug and betting in the sport.

During a contentious news conference in which he fielded repeated questions about the doping case, Odesnik said he's been drug tested frequently and never had a positive test.

''I know this year I've been tested every single month,'' he said. ''I've had an out-of-competition test on a regular basis, blood and urine. I've done nothing wrong. I'm as clean as a whistle.''

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Major League Baseball is investigating Biogenesis of America and its possible links to up to 20 players, several of whom MLB is interviewing this month.

The clinic's founder, Anthony Bosch, has agreed to cooperate with MLB.

Rodriguez and more than a dozen other players have been linked to the clinic, which was accused in January by the Miami News Times of providing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

When the report came out, Rodriguez's publicist released a statement saying the ''purported documents referenced in the story - at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez - are not legitimate.''

 



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