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  • ALBANY, N. Adidas Superstar 2 Outlet .Y. -- A Kentucky Derby-winning thoroughbred trainer urged a court Tuesday to reject his 10-year ban from the sport, arguing that a top New York racing official appeared biased as a member of the industry organization that first suggested revoking his license. Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.s license was revoked by the New York Racing and Wagering Board in October, although he is currently working under a court-ordered stay. The three-member board cited infractions including syringes containing an analgesic and sedative found in Dutrows desk and an analgesic found in the urine of his horse Fastus Cactus in November 2010 after it won at Aqueduct Racetrack. The board also fined him $50,000. Attorney Michael Koenig told the five Appellate Division justices that the unprecedented punishment is unfair and fundamentally tainted by Board Chairman John Sabinis position in the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Koenig said his outspoken clients due process rights had been violated. Dutrow initially faced a 90-day suspension that he appealed, and the case escalated from there despite no new issues, Koenig said. "We dont believe theres enough evidence in the record to support the allegations," Koenig said. Dutrow told a hearing officer he didnt know how the syringes got into his desk. A blood test of Fastus Cactus didnt show any butorphanol, and Dutrows expert witness theorized that the urine test may have been contaminated. The board disagreed and said those were part of a string of drug violations, also citing his brief suspensions in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Koenig, however, argued that the fundamental issue is that Sabini declined to recuse himself from Dutrows case, even though he was an officer of the international association. Its president, Ed Martin, wrote to the board in February 2011, citing Dutrows 64 sanctions in nine states for rule violations at 15 tracks since 1979. Martin urged the New York board to consider revoking his license, and it subsequently did. At the time, Sabini was the associations chairman-elect. "In addition to the undeniable conflict of interest that permeated both the process and its ultimate outcome, the decision even to seek revocation was retaliatory," Koenig argued in his brief. "Specifically, it was only after Mr. Dutrow appealed a 90-day suspension arising from two alleged violations that he was met with the revocation proceeding." Assistant Attorney General Kathleen Arnold told the court that Dutrows rights to a fair proceeding werent violated, that the decision of an officer like Sabini not to recuse from a case "is a matter of personal conscience," and Sabini wasnt involved in the investigation until the case was before him. That his name was on the letterhead of the association "is simply not enough" to overturn the board, she said, noting the decision was unanimous. New York tracks test the first three race finishers with urine and blood tests, as well as horses that break down on the track and sometimes others, board spokesman Lee Park said. With fees paid for more than 28,000 thoroughbred starts in the state last year, post-race testing showed 11 instances of banned drugs, while pre-race testing identified one. Dutrow, who trained Big Brown to Derby and Preakness wins in 2008, was refused a license to race in Kentucky last year. Kentucky officials cited a half-dozen concerns about Dutrow, whose license was suspended for 30 days in 2009 after one of his horses tested positive for a breathing stimulant. Big Brown never violated a drug rule, but Dutrow was widely criticized when he acknowledged the horse had the then-legal steroid stanozolol in his bloodstream during his Derby and Preakness victories. Kentucky and most other states have since banned stanozolol and other anabolic steroids. Adidas Zx Flux 2.0 Damen . Broncos general manager John Elway attacked the off-season like his roster was much weaker than the one that led Denver to a 13-3 regular season record and AFC Championship. For the most part leaving his record-setting offence alone, Elway focused primarily on the defence this off-season, adding three Pro Bowlers to the unit in pass rusher DeMarcus Ware (three years, $30 million), cornerback Aqib Talib (six years, $57 million), and safety T. Adidas Stan Smith Damen Core Black Gold Metal . Good thing all he needed to do was shoot. Better get well fast, LeBron.BEREA, Ohio -- Browns wide receiver Greg Little accused Ravens safety James Ihedigbo of choking him during a pileup in Clevelands 24-18 win Sunday. After a running play in the first quarter, Little found himself on his back at the bottom of a stack of players. He said Ihedigbo, who was on top of him, put his hands around his neck and choked him. Little was able to free himself from Ihedigbos grasp, popped to his feet and then flung the Baltimore players helmet, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. "I know the ref was saying, Let go of his facemask, but he was choking me, so Im not," Little said. "Theres a thin line between football and just morals, and Im not going to let a guy spit in my face, choke me, (disrespect) my family or anything like that. Its just how it is. I dont have to say anything to the ref. "At that point, hes crossed the line." Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Maryland at the Ravens practice facility, Ihedigbo denied the charge. "I would never personally cross a line or play outside the rules in any manner," the safety insisted. "I have my hand on his chest. ... . I mean, the refs would have seen it. Other players would have seen it. And I would have been punished for the play as well. That didnt take place." Ihedigbo added, "To sit back here and say now that all this other stuff happened and its Wednesday and the game was played on Sunday is kind of ridiculous to me. So, it definitely looks to me -- Im not a dirty player by any means -- but it looks to me like he knows that he lost his cool and doesnt want the league to take it out on him and fine him for throwing my helmet, so this is what kind of has come of it." Little, who was later peenalized for taunting Ihedigbo, said he doesnt regret throwing the helmet and would do it again. Adidas Lite Racer Neo. "If youre going to take the game of football to where he took it to, Ill meet you there," Little said. The Little-Ihedigbo altercation was the second major incident between the Browns and Ravens this season. In Week 2, Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor accused Ravens running back Ray Rice of spitting in his face. Little insists he didnt yank Ihedigbos helmet off. "I was pushing him off of me and it popped off," Little explained. "The refs were pulling him off me and him still trying to choke me and it popped off." NFL spokesman Corry Rush said all plays are reviewed, and if there is any discipline it will come later this week. Little said if he gets fined, he hopes Ihedigbo does, too. Ihedigbo, however, does not expect to hear from the league. "Id be very surprised," he said. "You can watch the tape at full speed. There was an altercation on the field. The refs dealt with it on the field the correct way. He ripped my helmet off and threw it. You know, things happen out on the field, but I never do anything personally outside the rules." Following the game, Ihedigbo took a verbal swipe at Little. "Hes just trying to be a tough guy," Ihedigbo said after the Browns ended their 11-game losing streak to Baltimore. "Some guys that arent tough try to prove that they are tough." Little smirked when he was told about the comment. "Im going to hold back on what I really want to say," Little said. 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