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Cyclists yield most positive drug tests

By Wire services
Published June 15, 2006

LONDON - Cycling produced the most positive drug tests of any Olympic sport in the latest global statistics compiled by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

WADA-accredited laboratories reported 482 positive samples for cyclists in 2005. Baseball was second with 390 positives, while soccer was third with 343. Track and field - the most tested sport - was fourth with 342.

Cycling also had the highest percentage of positive tests, with 3.78 percent out of 12,751 samples, followed by baseball (3.69 percent out of 10,580) and boxing (3.41 percent of 2,433) and triathlon (3.41 percent of 2,170). Track and field had 1.67 percent positives out of 20,464 samples.

OLYMPICS Beijing selects new construction leader

Beijing Olympic officials replaced a disgraced vice mayor with another senior official to oversee construction projects for the 2008 Games.

The appointment of Ji Lin to lead the Olympic construction office comes three days after Liu Zhihua was abruptly dismissed on unspecified corruption charges.

RUNNING Race directors trying to stop online entry scalping

The directors of the New York, Berlin, London and Chicago marathons said they are trying to stop the scalping of entries into their events on Internet sites, including eBay Inc. and Craigslist Inc.

About 300,000 people apply for 150,000 spots in those four races and the Boston Marathon, Mary Wittenberg, director of the New York City Marathon, said at a news briefing in New York today. The demand for the limited number of spots makes an entry into the marathon a "hot ticket," Wittenberg said.

New York race entries, or bib numbers, sold for as much as $500 last year, and are going for up to $225 on Craigslist's New York site for this year's race. The official fee is $80 for members, $126 for non-members and $164 for those outside the U.S.

ET CETERA TENNIS:

Maria Sharapova defeated Ahsha Rolle 6-4, 6-2 in the DFS Classic, a grass-court warmup in England for Wimbledon. ... Roger Federer won his 37th straight match on grass, moving within four of Bjorn Borg's record. The top-ranked Federer defeated Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open in Germany. ... Rafael Nadal made a smooth transition to grass, beating Mardy Fish 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 in his debut in the Stella Artois Championships, a Wimbledon warmup in London. Andy Roddick rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 second-round victory over Frank Dancevic.

WNBA:

Betty Lennox scored 15 points and the Seattle Storm broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Lynx 74-66. ... Tina Thompson scored eight of her 26 points in overtime to help the Houston Comets beat the Sacramento Monarchs 73-66.

CYCLING:

Steve Morabito won the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse in Switzerland, and Angel Vicioso took the overall lead.

WATER POLO:

Serbia-Montenegro beat defending champion Russia 13-7 at the World Cup. Also, host Hungary defeated Greece 14-7, Italy beat Romania 7-5, and Croatia tied Spain 8-8.

SOCCER:

Major League Soccer is looking around the Boston area for a place to build a soccer-only stadium for the New England Revolution so the team wouldn't have to share its home with the NFL's Patriots. MLS will be asking cities in the area to detail what "values" they could provide toward construction of a stadium.

HORSES:

Philadelphia Park has canceled the Pennsylvania Derby, the state's premier thoroughbred race, saying the conversion for slot machine gambling has left the facility unable to handle the Labor Day crowds expected. ... Stormy Kiss overcame a bumpy start to post a 41/2 length victory in the $54,880 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park, running six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.35. ... Premium Saltine beat Pure as Gold by 21/2 lengths in the $56,130 feature race at Hollywood Park, running 61/2 furlongs in 1:15.51

[Last modified June 15, 2006, 01:30:12]


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