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FBI looking into Tejada testimony

Associated Press - January 17, 2008 3:23 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that the FBI has opened a preliminary investigation into whether baseball all-star Miguel Tejada (teh-HAH'-duh) lied to federal authorities when he denied taking steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.

The inquiry is in response to a congressional request. It amounts to an initial look at facts surrounding the case. It does not mean charges will be brought against the Houston Astros shortstop, who was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2002.

At issue are comments Tejada gave to House committee investigators in August of 2005 when he was playing with the Baltimore Orioles. He denied that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs or knew of other players using or talking about steroids.

Tejada was among a number of star athletes named in a lengthy report by former Senator George Mitchell, released last month, that looked at drug use in baseball.

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