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Tennis bans Canas 2 years, strips $276,070 for doping

By Times wire
Published August 9, 2005


PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Top 10 player Guillermo Canas was suspended for two years by the ATP on Monday after testing positive for a banned substance that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

Canas, No.10 in the current men's pro tennis rankings, failed a doping test at a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, on Feb.21. He was told in May, and his appeal was heard by an independent tribunal July 20-21. It was turned down, and he won't be eligible to compete on tour until June 2007.

Canas, 27, said he took medicine for a sore throat and flu symptoms in Acapulco. He tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, or HCT, a diuretic that can be used to treat hypertension. As part of his penalty, the Argentine will forfeit $276,070 in prize money.

MORE TENNIS: Andre Agassi beat Alberto Martin 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

HORSES

Zito heads Hall inductions

Trainer Nick Zito was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the latest milestone in a career that started with a two-horse stable and includes four wins in Triple Crown races. Three steeplechase standouts - jockey Thomas Walsh , trainer Sidney Watters Jr. and five-time champion Lonesome Glory - also were inducted. "Some of us get a chance to do something we love," Zito, 57, said. "Sometimes if we're fortunate, we get to do it over and over. Some things we do well, some things not so well. No matter how bad we do, with the love that we have for the sport, there's never really a bad day attached to it."

TRACK

Sprinter helps U.S. sweep

Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams won gold in the 100 meters at the world championships, beating favorite Christine Arron in torrential rain in Helsinki, Finland. The victory gave the United States a sweep of the 100 at the worlds, with Olympic champion Justin Gatlin winning the men's 100 Sunday. Williams, a nine-time All-American at Miami from 2002-04, won in 10.93 seconds, finishing 0.02 seconds ahead of Veronica Campbell of Jamaica. Arron was third. A grieving Kenenisa Bekele , whose fiance died in January, won the 10,000 meters, easily leading a 1-2 finish for Ethiopia and bolstering his reputation as the dominant long-distance runner. And one year after ripping her Achilles' tendon, Sweden's Kajsa Bergqvist completed an amazing comeback by winning the high jump at 6 feet, 71/2 inches, the best in the world this year. American Chaunte Howard won the silver.

SOCCER

Ferdinand gets new deal

England's Rio Ferdinand , booed by fans of his own team recently, agreed to a new contract that will tie him to Manchester United until 2009. The center-back, 26, was jeered by supporters during preseason after stalling on an extension that U.K. papers said will earn him $178,610 a week. In other Man U news, Kleberson , who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, signed a four-year deal with Besiktas to end a two-year stint with Manchester.

GAME FIXING: Genoa's relegation from Italy's top division to the third division for game-fixing was confirmed by the country's highest tribunal for the sport.

ET CETERA

SWIMMING: Australia's Libby Lenton set a world record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 51.91 seconds in the 25-meter pool at the Australian short-course championships in Melbourne.