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QUESTIONS FOR TAGLIABUE

The same Congressional committee that conducted hearings into steroids in baseball has asked NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for information about how football regulates the performance-enhancing substances.

The Government Reform Committee also said it will ask for similar data from the NBA, NHL, NCAA, U.S. Track and Field and Major League Soccer.

"As the committee has stated publicly numerous times, its focus on the performance-enhancing drug use in sports is not limited to professional baseball," the committee said in a letter signed by committee chairman Rep. Tom Davis and ranking Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman.

"As part of this investigation, we are requesting basic information on steroid policies from a number of sports leagues."

Tagliabue responded in a letter that he has directed his staff to be fully responsive to the committee's request.

Around the league

Maurice Clarett ran faster on his home turf than he did at the NFL combine. A month after Clarett bombed in Indianapolis, he was clocked at around 4.67 seconds in two 40-yard dashes, according to his agents, while working out for scouts from eight NFL teams at Cortland, Ohio. At the combine, the former Ohio State star was clocked at between 4.72 and 4.82 in the 40, a time more appropriate for a linebacker or defensive end than a running back.

Fullback Rob Konrad and defensive lineman Kenny Smith signed with the Oakland Raiders. Konrad spent his first six seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in 1999. He was a five-year starter for Miami, but he missed six games and made just one start last season while battling injuries to his back and thigh. Smith played in 30 games over the last four seasons with New Orleans.

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