The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A government ban on sales of ephedra kicks in today unless a federal judge issues the dwindling industry a late reprieve.
The herbal stimulant, once hugely popular for weight loss and bodybuilding, has been linked to 155 deaths - including that of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler a year ago - and dozens more heart attacks and strokes.
After years of fighting manufacturers over ephedra's risks, the Food and Drug Administration announced in December it would ban sales of the amphetamine-like herb - the first such ban of a dietary supplement - and urged consumers to quit using it immediately.
METS: Left fielder Cliff Floyd left Sunday's game against the Montreal Expos in the first inning with a strained right thigh.
Floyd was running to first after hitting a weak infield grounder and started limping before getting to the base.
CARDS: Outfielder Roger Cedeno was placed on the 15-day disabled list and second baseman Bo Hart was recalled from Triple-A.
Cedeno, acquired from the New York Mets just before the start of the regular season, re-injured his strained left hamstring while chasing Danny Bautista's single in the eighth inning of Saturday night's 10-2 victory over Arizona.
Hart batted .277 as a rookie last season after being called up from Memphis. He started 68 games for St. Louis.
REDS / BASEBALL
Reds say foundation in place
Photos of Sunday's game
Relievers leave club stress-free
Kearns finally gets bat, ball to meet
Reds at Phillies series preview
Ephedra ban begins today
NL: Wood stymies Braves
AL: Ortiz bomb stops Jays in 12th
AAA: Louisville 12, Norfolk 3
Notes from Sunday's games
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Kovalev's two goals pace Habs
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After five years, Sixers' playoff run is finished
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