Anti-doping officials face many problems

Published October 1, 2006

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Anti-doping authorities say they face an array of obstacles in trying to keep sports clean: tracking accomplices of cheaters, identifying new designer drugs and administering controls without a test for human growth hormone.

Officials also are bracing for gene doping and unknown forms of drugs, International Olympic Committee medical commission president Arne Ljungqvist said Saturday at the start of a three-day anti-doping symposium staged by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

"We have accomplished a lot but there are still many, many problems," said Ljungqvist, a senior vice president of the IAAF.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is scheduled to meet with Interpol on Monday in an effort to enlist the world's largest international police organization in the fight against the trafficking of doping substances.

TESTING: The laboratory that tested sprinter Marion Jones' A and B samples is expected to report to the World Anti-Doping Agency within two weeks on why the results did not match. WADA director general David Howman said at the IAAF symposium there were possible reasons why the A and B samples did not match, such as the sample may have deteriorated or the banned substance may have faded from the sample. Howman also raised the possibility of sample manipulation.

FIFTH AVENUE MILE: Kevin Sullivan, a four-time NCAA champion at Michigan who arrived in New York three hours before the race, won in 3 minutes, 54.1 seconds. Sara Hall, a four-time silver medalist in the NCAA cross country championships while at Stanford, captured the women's race in 4:28.0.

Spartathlon: Scott Jurek of the United States won the 152-mile race in Greece in 22 hours, 52 minutes, 18 seconds. Japan's Inagaki Sumie was the top woman, finishing in 28:37:20.


Blake reaches final

Third-seeded James Blake rallied from a set down to beat former world No. 1 Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the Thailand Open final in Bangkok.

Blake, a Tampa resident, faces top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, who beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-3, 6-2.

Guangzhou Open: Fourth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Tzipi Obziler 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to advance to the final in Beijing. She faces No. 3 Anna Chakvetadze today after top-seeded Jelena Jankovic retired because of heat illness in the second set.

MUMBAI OPEN: Fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov upset top-seeded Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-1 to reach the final in India. World No. 22 Tursunov faces Tomas Berdych.


FSU gets first ACC loss

The Seminoles dropped a 3-0 (30-32, 27-30, 30-32) volleyball match at Clemson. It was FSU's first loss in the ACC as it dropped to 4-1, 10-4 overall.

ECKERD: The volleyball team (11-7, 2-4) beat visiting Florida Tech 3-0 (30-11, 30-14, 30-14) in Sunshine State Conference match. Florida Tech (2-16) remains winless in conference play. ... Garrett Gaa's shot from outside the box with 6 minutes, 55 seconds remaining snapped a tie game and gave Florida Southern's men's soccer team a 2-1 win in Lakeland.

CROSS COUNTRY: The 16th-ranked Tampa women's team won the team championship at the NCAA II Pre-Nationals. The men's team finished sixth out of 11.


BASKETBALL: Former Lions QB Charlie Batch and former Michigan basketball standout Antoine Joubert announced the debut of the Detroit Panthers, a new American Basketball Association franchise. ... Rookie guard Mike Gansey was waived by the Miami Heat, three days before the defending NBA champion open training camp.

BOXING: Former WBC light-flyweight champion Eric Ortiz knocked down Benji Garcia in the ninth round and took a unanimous 10-round decision Friday night.

HORSES: Wait a While earned a record 4½-length victory in $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes in Arcadia, Calif. She takes a four-race winning streak into the Filly & Mare Turf at the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.