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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eastern Conferences top team just got more imposing. On Saturday, the Pacers added size and scoring punch to their roster by signing mercurial free agent centre Andrew Bynum for the rest of the season. Team officials did not release additional details about the contract and said Bynum was expected to join the team sometime next week. "We are obviously happy to have him join our team," Larry Bird said in a statement issued by the team less than 12 hours before Indiana hosted Brooklyn on Saturday night. "He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition." Adding a guy with Bynums mercurial reputation to a locker room as selfless as the Pacers is definitely a gamble, though likely a low-risk one since Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, has made it clear the Pacers would not pay the NBAs luxury tax and Indiana had an open spot on its roster. But if Bynum performs as he did in helping the Lakers win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, it could create even more lineup mismatches against two-time defending champion Miami in the East. Indiana (35-10) entered Saturday with a three-game lead over the Heat in the chase for home-court advantage and has made no secret of its desire to get the top seed in its quest to win the teams first NBA crown. Bynum will give the Pacers another big body off the bench, backing up All-Star centre Roy Hibbert. And his offensive skills give Indiana another scorer to go with the leagues best defence. Miami, which struggled against Indianas size during last seasons Eastern Conference finals, tried to close the gap by signing the oft-injured former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, an Indianapolis native, last summer. Oden has played sparingly this season, though he has been improving. Saturdays move could give the Pacers an even bigger advantage -- if the 7-foot-1, 285-pound centre returns to his previous form. The move also prevents the Heat from signing Bynum as had been widely speculated. But Bynum is far from a sure thing. After the Lakers traded Bynum to Philadelphia in 2012, he missed the entire season because of knee injuries. This season, after signing with Cleveland as a free agent, he played in only 24 games before he was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. He was eventually dealt to Chicago, which quickly released Bynum so it didnt have to guarantee the remaining $6 million owed to him this season. Since then, Bynum has been looking for a landing spot and finally settled on Indiana. "It really wasnt a hard decision, I think its the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think weve got the best chance of winning," Bynum said in a statement. "It will be great to back up Roy and Ill do whatever I can to help this team." 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There have also been positive drug tests in other sports, both of university and college athletes. In the wake of TSNs report Thursday, the head of Canadian Interuniversity Sport said he plans to ask officials with the federal and provincial governments, as well as national sports organizations and amateur sports groups, to consider meeting at a summit to discuss whether more can be done to improve drug testing protocols in Canada. "Canada is a leading force around the world for innovation and for taking a stand on clean sport and we need to keep it going to do everything we can to help have clean sport," said Pierre Lafontaine.PC Member of Parliament Bal Gosal, Canadas sports minister, couldnt be reached for comment. Lafontaines remarks come as Doug MacQuarrie, the CCESs chief operating officer, told TSN that provincial governments and Canadian companies should begin funding anti-doping efforts. "To date corporate Canada has been conspicuously absent in funding support for Canadas anti-doping efforts," MacQuarrie said. "They derive great benefit through association with sport. There is a tremendous opportunity for them to signal the type of sport (clean sport) that they wish to associate with." Ira Jacobs, dean of the University of Torontos kinesiology and physical education department said in an interview that Canadiaan officials should consider new testing technologies to help cut testing costs.dddddddddddd For instance, the CCES could have a single team urinate into a bucket and test the combined waste. "You analyze it and if its positive you go back and test the whole team individually," Jacobs said. "The odds are that wont happen very often." Jacobs said the CCES might also narrow the types of drugs it tests for. Its not necessary to test football players for stamina-boosting drugs that cyclists or marathon runners might turn to. Jacobs also said the CCES could take samples from every athlete without testing all of the samples. "Research suggests the most effective deterrent for athletes is the perception of how frequently they are tested, not education about potential side effects." He said one technique might involved "not doing the testing but pretending you are." Bob Copeland, the former athletic director at the University of Waterloo, said the CCES should also consider having lower-cost U.S. labs test results. MacQuarrie said that it can be a slippery slope when organizers find ways to cut costs. "The challenge is we have a best in class and world standard," he said. "You have to determine a comfort level of stepping away from that." For instance, he said taking samples but not testing them would be wrong. "International standards for doping control say that an organization cant collect a human sample without submitting it to the agreed to rigour," he said. "It corrupts the whole process. If you collect a sample, you have to process it. Why submit an individual to the violation of privacy to collect a sample if its going to be poured down a sink?" Richard Peddie, a former CIS board member and former chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said the CIS should ramp up efforts to generate revenue. Several U.S. schools recently signed licensing agreements with Nike for the sports company to produce school-branded running shoes. Popular Canadian schools like McGill, the University of Toronto or UBC might have similar appeal, and with the added revenue, schools could contribute more money towards drug testing protocols.There are modest signs of progress. MacQuarrie said the Canadian Olympic Committee last year made a financial contribution to the CCES, as has the CFL. CIS schools will follow suit this year, and so will national sports organizations.That money cant come soon enough, Jacobs said. 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