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Officials say tests handled properly

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Published September 25, 2003

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Twenty-four American athletes who won Olympic medals from 1988 to 2000 previously tested positive for banned drugs, U.S. Olympic officials said Wednesday.

They insisted, however, that the cases were handled properly without cover-ups.

The U.S. Olympic Committee was to report the cases to the IOC today as part of a review of its drug testing program, spokesman Darryl Seibel said. "The report will clearly indicate that there was no cover-up and these cases were adjudicated with the applicable rules at the time," Seibel said.

YOUNG CASE: The IOC said it cannot take action in the alleged doping case involving U.S. sprinter Jerome Young. The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency have been investigating accusations Young tested positive for nandrolone in 1999 but was cleared on appeal by U.S. officials. He won a gold medal in Sydney as part of the 1,600-meter relay team.

SENATE BILL PASSES: The Senate approved legislation to streamline the USOC, cutting its governing structure from 124 members to nine, plus U.S. delegates to the IOC and a representative from the Olympic Assembly.

COLLEGES: Big East looks at C-USA

The Big East plans to invite four Conference USA teams to join the league in 2005, keeping the conference intact after the defections of Miami and Virginia Tech. Cincinnati, Louisville, DePaul and Marquette will be invited in November, the Associated Press reported. "We're being talked about," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said. "Is anything finalized? Absolutely not."

ACC: Several school presidents held a conference call last week during which scenarios for adding Notre Dame as a 12th team were discussed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

MICHIGAN: The basketball team's appeal of a postseason ban was successful and the Wolverines will be eligible for the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Detroit Free Press reported. An announcement is expected today.

MISSOURI: The NCAA notified the school of an investigation into its men's basketball program, which came under scrutiny after the dismissal of guard Ricky Clemons. Clemons' former girlfriend, Jessica Bunge, has alleged that Clemons received cash, clothing and academic help in excess of NCAA allowance while a member of the team.

DOTSON CASE: Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed a warrant allowing former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson to be sent to Texas, where he is charged with killing Patrick Dennehy.

GOLF: The Florida men's team moved to No.1 in the Division I coaches poll.

SOCCER: The Eckerd men (1-6) lost 2-0 to Nova Southeastern (6-2-1) in St. Petersburg.

HORSE RACING: Pincay files lawsuit

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay sued Santa Anita, saying negligence at the track after he broke his neck in a March 1 spill resulted in a career-ending injury. After the accident, doctors advised Pincay that his spine wasn't stable enough for him to ride, and he retired in April at age 56 as horse racing's winningest jockey. With 9,530 wins, he had hoped to race another two years to top 10,000.

JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP: Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker was declared out of Saturday's $1-million race with a foot injury.

ET CETERA

NBA: Guard Allen Iverson signed a multiyear contract extension with the 76ers. Terms were not announced, but the Associated Press reported that it was for four years and $76.7-million.

CYCLING: The International Cycling Union vowed to exclude the World Anti-Doping Agency from upcoming races for leaking a confidential report about the Tour de France that was published in the French sports daily L'Equipe.

SWIMMING: Skip Kenney of Stanford and Pete Malone, a club coach from Kansas City, will coach the U.S. teams for the 2004 World Championships.
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