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Athletics: Powell blasts 'unfair, unjust' doping ban

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, slammed the 18-month doping ban meted out to him on Thursday calling it "unfair" and "unjust". "This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Panels such as these, I understood, were assembled to allow athletes who, consciously or unconsciously come into conflict with the rules of sport, a chance at equitable redemption," Powell said in a statement posted on his website. "Unfortunately, this was not the case."

US man threatened US drug chief over Armstrong probe

A US man has pleaded guilty to threatening the head of the US anti-doping agency USADA over the probe which brought down cycling legend Lance Armstrong, prosecutors said Tuesday. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) head Travis Tygart took the threat, which warned he should wear a bullet-proof best, so seriously that he hired private security and moved his family to a protected location while the FBI investigated. Robert Hutchins, who admitted guilt as part of a plea deal the terms of which were not disclosed, faces up to five years in jail for the offense.

Cycling: USADA admit Horner not culpable in missed test

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has confirmed they do not consider Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner to have missed a drug test after Spanish anti-doping authorities turned up at the wrong hotel to carry out a test on Monday. The 41-year-old American became the oldest ever winner of a grand tour in Madrid on Sunday. The Spanish authorities had been asked to carry out the test on behalf of USADA and attended the hotel where the majority of Horner's RadioShack team were staying on Monday morning.

Cycling: Anti-doping agency miss Horner test due to hotel error

Spanish anti-doping authorities were not able to carry out a test on Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner on Monday after they showed up at the wrong hotel. At 41 years old the American became the oldest ever winner of a grand tour on Sunday when he sealed victory in the procession around Madrid in the 21st and final stage of the tour. The Spanish authorities had been asked to carry out the test on behalf of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

USADA tells Rodriguez to accept punishment

(Reuters) - Alex Rodriguez should not expect a warm welcome back from fans or team mates after refusing to take his punishment and appealing his 211 game doping suspension, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Monday.

Athletics: Sprint stars Gay, Powell fail drug tests

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the four fastest men in history, sent shockwaves through the blue riband 100m on Sunday when both men failed drug tests. Gay, the 30-year-old American who was world champion in 2007 and the fastest man in the world this year, tested positive for a banned substance and immediately withdrew from next month's world championships in Moscow. Jamaican sprint star Powell, a former 100m world record holder, confirmed that he had tested positive for a banned stimulant at his country's national trials for Moscow.

Athletics: Sprinter Crawford banned for test rules violation

Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m gold medallist, has been banned for two years for failing to give anti-doping officials his whereabouts for testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday. The 35-year-old Californian was part of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, and was required to provide his whereabouts for out-of-competition testing, but failed to do so three times in an 18-month span, USADA said.

Athletics: Sprinter Crawford banned for test rules violation

Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m gold medallist, has been banned for two years for failing to give anti-doping officials his whereabouts for testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday. The 35-year-old Californian was part of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, and was required to provide his whereabouts for out-of-competition testing, but failed to do so three times in an 18-month span, USADA said. bb/gph

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