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MILWAUKEE ? (AP) ? Baseball owners voted unanimously Thursday to approve the

toughened steroids policy agreed to with the players' association earlier this week.


"To say they were happy was the understatement of year,'' commissioner Bud Selig

said. "They were very pleased with the agreement and delighted with everything that had

gone on.''


The union's executive board will decide when it meets Dec. 5-9 in Henderson, Nev.,

whether all players should vote to ratify the agreement or if board approval is



Spurred by the threat of federal legislation, players and owners agreed Tuesday to a

new deal that would start before spring training. Players would get a 50-game suspension

for a first positive test, miss 100 games for a second offense and face a lifetime ban

for a third.


The sport's current penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days

for a second offense and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for

life is a fifth offense.

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