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Steroids found in Graham sprinter

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 25, 2006


Another track athlete coached by Trevor Graham has tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Sprinter LaTasha Jenkins tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in July, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Only the "A" test has been conducted, the AP said.

The test was done in July by the International Association of Athletics Federations in Europe. If the second "B" test is positive, Jenkins could face a minimum two-year ban from competition.

Graham has had several athletes test positive for banned substances, including Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin.

The co-world-record holder in the 100 meters, who received an eight-year ban from the United States Anti-Doping Association on Tuesday, will keep his share of the record until the appeal process in is completed, the association said.

SOCCER

Lerner can buy team

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner is set to take over Aston Villa after a rival group failed to match his bid to buy the Premier League soccer team.

A group led by Michael Neville and Nicolas Padfield could not better the $118.8-million bid Lerner made to buy Villa, one of the oldest teams in English soccer.

MORE SOCCER: Juventus formally notified an administrative court in Rome that it will appeal its sentence in a match-fixing scandal - despite the Italian soccer federation warning it could trigger more disciplinary action. . . . Barcelona and Chelsea were drawn into the same first-round group night in the European Champions League and will meet for the third straight season. . . . Jessica Rostedt scored for the Americans in a 1-0 victory over France in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championship in Moscow. The United States will play Germany on Sunday in the quarterfinals.

COLLEGES

USF softball coach quits

Stacey Heintz, associate head coach for South Florida's softball team, has resigned, effective Sept. 1, for family reasons. She spent 10 seasons with the program.

FSU ADDS COACH: Florida State named Timothy Vaught as an assistant track and field coach.

SOCCER: Juniors Brandon Whitsett of Palm Harbor and Luis Quintero scored two goals each to lead host Saint Leo past Briar Cliff. . . . Freshman Hannah Beard scored two goals to lead Saint Leo to a 2-0 victory over host Eckerd College. Lauren Hudson made one save for her fourth career shutout. . . . The Tampa women meet Armstrong Atlantic at 7 tonight in the Tampa Invitational Tournament. . . . USF's men kick off their season against Florida International in Miami at 8 tonight.

VOLLEYBALL: Tampa scored its first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over visiting Regis. . . . Florida State opens with a doubleheader today against Mississippi Valley State in Macon, Ga. . . . USF meets Florida at 7 tonight in Gainesville. . . . Central Florida opens against Stetson at 7 tonight in Orlando.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Florida starts its season Nov. 10, entertaining North Florida.

ET CETERA

HOCKEY: Public outcry forced the city of St. Albert, Alberta, to back off a plan to sell the naming rights to an arena named for Mark Messier and Troy Murray.

TENNIS: Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the Pilot Pen semifinals by beating Elena Dementieva 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in New Haven, Conn. Lindsay Davenport beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 7-5 to advance as well.

LIGHTNING TICKETS SALE

Lightning individual game tickets for 41 home games and two preseason games go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum box office in Tampa and at Ticketmaster outlets.

The first 500 fans to purchase at least four single-game tickets at the box office will receive a puck autographed by Brad Richards.