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Gold medal relay team member is banned

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Published November 11, 2004

Sprinter Jerome Young, a central figure in a doping case that could cost the U.S. relay team its gold medal from Sydney, was banned for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday after his second positive drug test.

Young tested positive for the banned drug EPO at a Paris meet in July, USADA said. He is believed to be the first sprinter to test positive for EPO, which is popular with endurance runners and cyclists.

Young tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in 1999 but was exonerated by a U.S. appeals panel in July 2000. He ran in the opening and semifinal rounds of the Sydney Olympics but not in the 1,600-meter final anchored by Michael Johnson.

All six members of the relay squad received gold medals, but Young's was stripped. Track's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, has recommended declaring the entire team ineligible because of Young.

MARATHON: The organizers of the Boston Marathon will bid on the 2008 U.S. trials, which would be held the weekend of the historic race on a different course.

EX-MEDALIST DIES: Lennox Miller, an Olympic sprinter who won silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972 in the 100-meter dash for Jamaica, died Monday of cancer in Pasadena, Calif. He was 58.

TENNIS: U.S. Open champ survives

U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova avoided a second-set collapse and held on to defeat Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 in the WTA Championships in Los Angeles.

AUTOS: Hall to welcome Waltrip

Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip heads the latest class of inductees into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala., Waltrip is joined by longtime drag racing stars Joe Amato and Bob Glidden, powerboat champion Chip Hanauer and Formula One and CART champion Nigel Mansell.

COPTER CAPER: Two Georgia State Patrol troopers were suspended without pay for letting NASCAR driver Bill Elliott hop a ride in their helicopter when they were supposed to be reporting about marijuana fields June 29.

PRIDE OF LARGO: Former Largo resident David Pletcher finished eighth Sunday in the fourth of five playoff races in the Hooters ProCup Series at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Pletcher, who started 23rd, won the award for the most spots improved during a race for the seventh time this season, the second in the playoffs. He is 11th in the points standings with one race left, Nov. 27 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland.

SOCCER: English legend dies

Emlyn Hughes, the former England and Liverpool captain who was one of the greatest English players of his generation, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at his Sheffield home. He was 57.

Hughes had surgery for a brain tumor in August 2003.

Nicknamed "Crazy Horse" for his energetic style, Hughes starred for Liverpool during its glory days in the 1970s and helped the Reds win two European Cup titles and four English league championships in 12 years.

GOALIE CONUNDRUM: The Kansas City Wizards haven't decided to start Tony Meolaor Bo Oshoniyifor Sunday's MLS Cup final vs. D.C. United in Carson, Calif.

DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN: MLS plans to start a league to develop young players, part of its 10-year sponsorship deal with Adidas.

ET CETERA

BASKETBALL: Seven-time NBA rebounding champion Dennis Rodman signed with the Orange County (Calif.) Crush of the American Basketball Association.

BROADCASTING: Mike McCarthy resigned as president of Madison Square Garden Networks, a cable television group that shows the NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers. COLLEGES: Rollins volleyball moved one step closer to locking up fourth place in the Sunshine State Conference by beating host Eckerd 30-21, 30-23, 25-30, 30-24. ... Host Saint Leo overcame rocky starts in each game to beat Florida Tech 30-25, 30-27, 30-24 in an SSC volleyball match.

HOCKEY: Jenny Potter and Krissy Wendell had two goals each to lead the United States to a 6-1 victory over Finland in the opening round of the Four Nations Cup tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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