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Former world champion Ballan banned for two years

PARIS (Reuters) - Former world road race champion Alessandro Ballan has been handed a two-year ban after he was implicated in a doping ring, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Friday. The Italian BMC rider, who won the 2008 world title on home soil and the Tour of Flanders the previous year, is one of several former and current Lampre team riders and staff associated with a doping investigation in Mantova, Italy.

Former world champion Ballan banned for two years

PARIS (Reuters) - Former world road race champion Alessandro Ballan has been handed a two-year ban after he was implicated in a doping ring, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Friday. The Italian BMC rider, who won the 2008 world title on home soil and the Tour of Flanders the previous year, is one of several former and current Lampre team riders and staff associated with a doping investigation in Mantova, Italy.

Cycling: Ballan banned two years, doctor banned for life

Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances".

Cycling: Ballan banned two years, doctor banned for life

Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances".

Cycling: Ballan banned two years for doping

Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping AGency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances". jd/nr

Cycling: Ballan banned two years for doping

Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping AGency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances". jd/nr

Baseball: Rodriguez files lawsuit to stop 2014 season ban

Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its players union Monday in a bid to overturn a 162-game doping ban. The 42-page filing in US District Court in Manhattan claims arbitrator Fredric Horowitz showed partiality in only trimming what had been a 211-game ban to 162 games plus playoffs, suspending the sport's highest-paid player for the entire 2014 season.

Sprint king Bolt welcomes hair follicle testing

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaica's Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has "no problem" with plans by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to test the hair follicles of athletes in a bid to clamp down on drug cheats in sport. "This is the first I'm hearing it," Bolt said minutes after collecting his 5th RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award in Kingston late on Friday.

Tests show Simpson's supplement contained banned drug

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jan 8 - The majority of tests conducted on a supplement suspended Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson was taking revealed a banned substance, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist's doping hearing was told on Wednesday. Simpson and former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell, who also testified at Wednesday's hearing, returned adverse findings for the banned drug, oxilofrine, at June's Jamaican championships. Both face two-year bans if found guilty of doping violations.

Athletics: Powell says he never knew Simpson used supplement

Former 100-metre world record-holder Asafa Powell said Wednesday that he was unaware his former training partner Sherone Simpson was taking similar supplements to those he used. Powell was called as a witness in Simpson's doping hearing before the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission disciplinary panel that will begin a hearing into Powell starting next week. Both Simpson and Powell tested positive for the same banned stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), at last June's Jamaican national championships.
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