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Committee to look at testimony

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee will look into
former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa's denial that he used illegal
performance-enhancing drugs in light of a report that he tested
positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003.

"The Oversight and Government Reform Committee always takes seriously suggestions that a witness misled the committee while testifying under oath," Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement. "Investigators will begin a review of this matter and, upon learning the results, I will determine appropriate next steps."

In 2005, Sosa told Congress that he had never taken illegal
performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Times reported Tuesday
that Sosa tested positive two years before his appearance at a
House hearing.

Greg Bouris, director of communications for the MLBPA, said the union had no comment on the matter.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.