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Montgomery's lawyer not wowed by evidence

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. doping officials have turned their
focus to sprinter Tim Montgomery, meeting with his attorney
Wednesday as part of their investigation into the BALCO steroid
scandal.

Cristina Arguedas, Montgomery's attorney, was presented with
evidence obtained from a federal grand jury investigation into the
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

"We listened to what they had to say. They gave me some
documents to look at which I'm reviewing," Arguedas said in a
phone interview. "I didn't see anything that looked like it could
disqualify someone from running in the Olympics."

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spokesman Rich Wanninger declined to
comment on the meeting, which was first reported by the San Jose
Mercury News.

Montgomery, who holds the world record in the 100 meters, is at
least the fourth track star to meet with USADA officials in the
past month, joining girlfriend Marion Jones, Kelli White and
Michelle Collins.

"We're going to fight it. That's our position," Collins'
lawyer, Brian Getz, said in Thursday's New York Times. "Michelle
Collins has passed every drug test she has ever taken."

White accepted a two-year ban from competition after being
confronted with documents alleging her use of steroids, but the
other athletes have vowed to fight.

A Senate committee obtained evidence from the grand jury earlier
this year and gave it to USADA in hopes of guaranteeing a drug-free
U.S. Olympic team in Athens in August. USADA has said it can ban
athletes without evidence of a positive drug test if there is
sufficient circumstantial evidence.

The Mercury News reported last week that Montgomery was involved
with BALCO founder Victor Conte and three others in a plan devised
in 2001 to help him set the world record. "Project World Record"
called for Montgomery to take the steroid THG, which wasn't
identified by drug testers until they got a tip from an
unidentified track coach last summer.

The paper said there was also evidence of a training calendar
for Montgomery, calling for him to take THG.

Arguedas wouldn't comment on any specific evidence she was given
Wednesday.

Jones' lawyers showed The Associated Press a calendar purported
to be hers that had codes that could have referred to steroid use.
But they denied that calendar was hers and said she never has taken
performance-enhancing drugs.

Conte was one of four men indicted earlier this year for their
role in an alleged steroid-distribution ring. BALCO vice president
James Valente, track coach Remi Korchemny and Barry Bonds' personal
trainer, Greg Anderson also were indicted. All have pleaded not
guilty.