North Korean Soccer Players Fail Steroid Test

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Maybe Roger Clemens can try this excuse. Five North Korean soccer players tested positive for steroids at the women's World Cup, the most to do so in 17 years. The North Korean delegation told FIFA officials that the positive test was the result of traditional Chinese medicine based on musk deer glands they used to treat their players after they were struck by lightning June 8. Earlier, the North Koreans blamed the lightning strike, which sent “more than five players to the hospital” for their team's defeat to the United States. “It was very complex,” said FIFA's chief medical officer.