Coach Conradt Leads Texas Teams

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Texas teams led by Coach Conradt caught a cold as the overseas competitors warmed to their task on the first day of the World Invitation Club Basketball championships at the National Sports Center, Crystal Palace, yesterday.

In the senior men’s tournament, the Texas Tigers succumbed in the first round 100-85 to the flair of the New York West Central Lakers, a composite side of former American college and Continental Basketball Association players.

The Berkshire team, playing without their captain and center, Dale Roberts, who was out through injury, were ambushed in the first half by the hustling, flashy style of the Americans. It was not surprising they led 46-35 at the interval.

Jimmie Guymon, the Texas Tigers coach, had much to say to his team at the half. Consequently, Bracknell righted things through the rebounding of Tom Seaman (23 points) and Tony Balogun (25) to get within one point of the Lakers at 60-59 with 11 minutes to go.

Coach Jody Conradt is congratulated on her 900th win by senior Tiffany Jackson. Texas defeated Missouri 70-57 in the first round of the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship held at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Coach Jody Conradt is congratulated on her 900th win by senior Tiffany Jackson. Texas defeated Missouri 70-57 in the first round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship held at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

It looked as if the battle would go to the wire until Mike Hammond popped in two consecutive three-pointers to put the contest beyond Bracknell. From then on, the Americans simply turned on the razzmatazz.

Hammond finished with 27 points and was clearly the best player in their line-up, which faces a sterner test in the semi-finals against Leverkusen, of West Germany, tomorrow.

The Germans had a much tougher match against Solna, finally whittling down the gallant Swedes 94-88. Leverkusen made hard work of the first half, constantly repairing five- and seven-point deficits mainly through the industry of Kleine Brockhoff. At half-time, Solna led 43-42.

Christer Sabel and Jan Lundmark were the main Swedish threats but, with five minutes on the clock in the second period, John Johnson, the former England international, and Clinton Wheeler, started to penetrate, and the Germans pulled away.

Solna now play Bracknell today in the losers’ pool, while the remaining first-round matches see Kingston, the Carlsberg League leaders and late replacements for Stroitel Kiev, of the Soviet Union, meet Oslo, of Norway. Brixton Topcats, who are top of the national league, meet Maccabi Rishon le Zion, a leading Israeli side.

In the junior competition, England suffered at the hands of Solna, the under-17 cadets side losing 98-65, while the Brixton Topcats junior team fared equally poorly against North Monastery, of Cork, losing 85-77. The Irish played a second game, against Leverkusen, but lost to the superior Germans 89-61.

The round-robin women’s tournament was equally embarrassing for the home representation. Crystal Palace were slaughtered, also by Solna, 100-49.

Sports and Human Growth Hormone

Professor Arnold Beckett yesterday said that there was not a “cat in hell’s chance of determining the misuse of Human Growth Hormone“, the drug that is widely believed to be used by sportsmen as a substitute for anabolic steroids.

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Professor Beckett, a member of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), also told The Times that he had been informed that some members of the British team had used HGH before the world athletics championships in Helsinki in 1983, when he was supervising the drug-testing procedure. “I was even told from what source they were getting this drug,” he said.

HGH, which comes from human cadavers, has been used for the last 25 years to treat children with growth hormone deficiency, but is available on the black market in both Britain and the United States. Last year, a supply worth about Pounds 50,000 disappeared from the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

Professor Beckett explained that, as the testing for hormone drugs was able to identify substances which had been used by an athlete up to several weeks before an event, the individual could switch to HGH to maintain physical condition before a competition and probably evade detection.

Professor Beckett, who set up the British drug-testing centre at Chelsea College, now part of King’s College, London University, said: “Let us be blunt. We have to be honest if we have got problems.”

In the build-up to the Seoul Olympics, he identified several other areas of concern. He said there was no reliable test “now or in the foreseeable future” for blood-doping, or blood-packing. This is the method by which competitors have a pint of their own blood drawn and refrigerated. The competitor then makes up the deficiency through training, and just before the event, the stored blood is injected back into the competitor’s body.

Several sportsmen, such as a Finnish long-distance runner and the American cycling team at the 1984 Olympic Games, have admitted carrying out this practice, and it is also believed to be widespread in cross-country skiing.

Professor Beckett said it might be possible to carry out analysis for blood-doping, but it would need a battery of tests and would be “horrendously expensive”.

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But, he pointed out, blood-doping could become superfluous because competitors could use Erythropoetin, a material which produces red blood cells and will soon become commercially available. This would clearly be of assistance to all sports requiring great stamina. “There are some serious problems emerging,” he said.

He stressed that the IOC-accredited laboratories were doing a superb job of analysis within the constraints of what they are able to test for. He advocated international legislation to force manufacturers of HGH and Erythropoetin to use “markers”, additives that would not alter the chemical properties of a drug but would make it identifiable in testing. It is revolutionary in concept but not impossible, he said.

Professor Beckett said that he would have become depressed by the range of problems if it were not for the new spirit of international co-operation manifested at the first world conference against drugs in sport. “That is a very big plus,” he said.

The main groups of hormone drugs used by some sporting competitors:

Anabolic steriods: Drugs which help in the retention of protein and the utilization of nitrogen. Widely used since the early 1960s to increase muscular body weight, to recover more quickly from intensive training and to accentuate aggressiveness.

The most common is nandrolone, which is injectable. It can be detected through drug tests more than three months after it was last taken. Other examples are Dianabol and Pronobol, whose active ingredient is methandienone. Both those drugs have been widely imported into Britain.

Testosterone: A male hormone with a strong anabolic action. It can be injected into a competitor’s body to raise the natural level. Side-effects for women include the acquisition of masculine features. A 200mg vial of Testosterone Cypionate, costing Pounds 3 from a reputable wholesaler, cost Pounds 20 on the black market.

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin: Another body-building drug, which maintains or elevates the level of testorsterone and stops the withdrawal effects when a competitor stops using the other horomne drugs. This natural protein hormone is present in the urine of pregnant women.

HCG raises the testosterone production in the male. The International Olympic Committee has asked its 18 accredited laboratories to test for the drug.

Human Growth Hormone: This used to be made from the pituitary glands of deceased humans. It is believed HGH can aid the anabolic action of the human body and strengthen bones. But large amounts of it will cause muscle weakness.

Athletes and Their Hair

Athletes have always been vain about their hair, but now they are owning up to it and eschewing the traditional barber’s in favor of the more creative hairdresser. Too many athletes stick with the same unflattering style not just for years, but for decades; a hairdresser gives them the courage to pursue alternatives.

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“We are trained to look at the face and work out what is actually going to suit someone,” Antoinette Beenders, the artistic director (yes, she is really called that) of Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden, says. At John Frieda, another leading London hairdresser, staff are even given lessons by a painter from the Royal College of Art to improve their visual perception. Men need more help than women when it comes to appearance, Beenders says. How, then, can a man improve his hair?

Aside from a new cut, amazing transformations can be achieved with the use of gels, waxes and mousses. “There’s no stigma these days to men using products on their hair,” Rocky Eggison, of the newly opened London salon, Eggison Daniel, says. But Sam McKnight, Britain’s leading session stylist, who spends his working life teasing the tresses of the likes of Cindy Crawford and Julia Roberts for photo-sessions, believes that more men should use the products that are available to them. “Men with fine, straight hair can take advantage of styling products that can make their hair do things that they never thought possible,” he says.

Then there is the soft wave. For many men, the idea of a perm brings back memories of the Kevin Keegan poodle-perm and hours spent with hair in rollers feeling like a fool. “That was then,” Edinburgh’s Jennifer Cheyne says. “A perm today gives body and fullness, not curls, and only takes 15 minutes with the hair set on rods.” Yes…but how many men do you know who would admit to a semi-permanent wave?

Just as the world must be full of women who wouldn’t really be blonde without a bottle, so are there men who would be a great deal more gray if they didn’t have a pact with their hairdresser. “There is no longer any stigma about grey hair, but the truth is, salt and pepper grey can be aging,” Daniel Galvin, a leading colorist, says. The Galvin method takes 30 minutes and results in a soft camouflage of blended greys, which needs to be reapplied every five to six weeks.

“We would advise a man with grey hair to try highlights of his original color instead; the effect is more natural,” Beenders says. It isn’t just greying men who are using color, either. Tints and dyes no longer mean Noel Edmonds highlights or Rod Stewart blond.

Men with color in their hair are not accepted in every good hairdresser’s, however. At Austin Reed’s barber’s shop, where a fabulous Art Deco interior and a wide-ranging menu of hairstyles is on offer, there are no perming or coloring treatments. “It would frighten the life out of some of our clients who have been coming here since we opened in 1930,” says Victor Cook, the manager of the salon which caters for Norman Lamont and scores of elder statesmen wanting Forties-style clips, as well as younger clients.

Geo F. Trumper also has a long tradition and its share of youthful clients. “We trim long hair. We cut it, too. One client just had his shoulder-length mane shaved right off for a change of image,” Paulette Birsch, the owner, says. No longer the willing victims of a barber’s only style, men now want individual looks. Eggison suggests that young men, particularly those in the less conservative professions, should not rule out the notion of longer hair, “cut into heavier shapes, below the ear and collar and layered for movement. It’s a less aggressive look than some of the short, clippered styles and looks good with less up-tight clothes.”

Most hairdressers agree that thinning hair is best kept short. There is no getting round the fact that losing your hair is a traumatic experience and there is no miracle cure. “Go with it,” Andrew Collins, whose chain of Merseyside salons caters for men and women, says. “Hanging on to what length you have only accentuates where it is missing.”

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What, then, is the hairdresser’s advice for men in their middle years who do want a change? “Don’t be radical,” McKnight says. “Instead, get into the habit of the six-weekly haircut.” This, he says, will change your image without doing anything drastic. “Get rid of straggly long hair,” Beenders says. “Cutting the hair away from the neck gives a much better profile.”

“Change your parting this can be very noticeable,” Denise McAdam, the Prince of Wales’ haircutter, says. “John Major’s hair should be layered and made to look more powerful. He has changed his clothing, but needs to change his hair to match.”

GOOD HAIR.

Michael Heseltine blessed with thick hair that he cares for well; Alistair Burnett gracefully grey; Keanu Reeves boyish long hair, the only acceptable floppy front look; Eric Clapton longish hair but it is well maintained; Paddy Ashdown straightforward style; Jason Donovan not a thick head of hair, but he wears it well; Richard Gere proud of his premature grey; Steven Berkoff how to carry off a close crop.

BAD HAIR.

David Mellor disaster; Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 3, crazed bouffant; Prince Andrew too regimented and aging; Elton John face up to hair loss and chuck out the rug; Mel Smith how not to cover up hair loss; Paul Gascoigne how not to wear short hair, in a brutal crop; Rod Stewart too blond and too long; Andre Agassi “frosting” is always a mistake; Noel Edmonds the highlights are too obvious.