DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, set your online-viewing alerts to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova announced this week that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. The drug she was taking was a legally prescribed medication that she had been taking for 10 years and was just added to the Banned Substance list. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Steve Butler welcomes Dr. Bret Simmermacher and Dr. Fred Cromartie to the show, where they will discuss this and other drug issues in the world of sports. To view the program live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.
Sports Talk features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world, usually in a panel-discussion forum with Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, serving as moderator.

In addition to being available live, the program will be available for viewing afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.