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Batting legend Mark McGwire admits using steroids

Former Oakland Athletics and St Louis Cardinals baseball legend, Mark McGwire has confirmed the long-standing rumour that he took steroids during his record-breaking home run season in 1998.

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AFP - Baseball legend Mark McGwire said Monday he used steroids during his record-breaking home run season in 1998, dealing another blow to the image of America's drug-tarnished national past-time.

In a statement which confirmed long-held suspicions about McGwire's hitting exploits, the 46-year-old former Oakland Athletics and St Louis Cardinals star said he had used performance-enhancing products throughout the 1990s.

"I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era," McGwire said in a statement on the Cardinals website.

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