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Cycling: Rogers gets nine-month doping ban

US BMX cyclist Jason Rogers tested positive for a banned stimulant in March and is about to complete a nine-month suspension, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday. Rogers tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine in a urine sample collected at the BMX Continental Championships, in Oldsmar, Florida, on March 8. Because the stimulant involved is on the specified substance list, a reduced sanction can be imposed and that was the case for Rogers, whose results in races March 8-10 at the event were forfeited.

RugbyU: Doping ban for female NZealand sevens player

New Zealand women's sevens player Lavinia Gould has been banned for two years after testing positive for a banned stimulant, officials said Friday. The International Rugby Board imposed the ban after tests conducted at an international sevens tournament in Dubai found the stimulant methylhexaneamine in Gould's system. New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said the substance was in a dietary supplement that Gould had taken, even though it had not been approved by medical staff. "We are very disappointed this has occurred," he said in a statement.

FDA approves Bayer drug for pulmonary hypertension

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it has approved Bayer AG's drug to treat two types of pulmonary hypertension. The drug, Adempas, also known as riociguat, is designed to treat thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, a rare disease typically caused by blood clots that restrict the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs.

Eli Lilly files for NAFTA arbitration in $500M drug patent dispute with Ottawa

OTTAWA - U.S. drug company Eli Lilly has escalated a $500-million patent dispute with the federal government and filed a notice of arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The company is demanding compensation for court decisions that invalidated its patents for Strattera, a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and for Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Canadian courts struck down the disputed patents under the "promise doctrine," which Eli Lilly said violates NAFTA.

Wrestling: Bradley banned eight months

American wrestler Dominique Bradley has accepted an eight-month ban after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the US Anti-Doping Agency said Friday. Bradley, 24, tested positive for methylhexaneamine on April 19 at the US Open in Las Vegas, Nevada, one day before he defeated Olympian Tervel Dlagnev to win the 120kg US Open freestyle crown. His punishment includes the loss of competitive results for eight months since the positive tests, including his US Open title.

Argentina introduces more pesticide restrictions

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's main agricultural province of Buenos Aires is restricting the use of pesticides near cities, a measure meant to protect citizens' health that will raise costs for farmers in the world's No. 3 soy and corn supplier. The agreement was negotiated with farmers, who expect to be compensated for higher costs. Farmers have a contentious relationship with Argentina's federal government and say their profits have been whittled down to nearly nothing by high taxes and export curbs on corn and wheat.

Soccer-Peru's Sanchez banned two years for doping violation

BERNE, March 1 (Reuters) - Peru midfielder Joel Sanchez has been banned for two years after failing a dope test in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in October, FIFA said on Friday. FIFA said Sanchez, who plays for Lima side Universidad San Martin, had tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. The match, Sanchez's second full international, was played at La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level and ended in a 1-1 draw.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Peru player fails doping test in World Cup qualifier

(Adds details) BERNE, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A Peru player has been provisionally suspended after failing a doping test in the World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in October, FIFA said on Monday. FIFA did not name the player but the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) said earlier this month that midfielder Joel Sanchez had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.
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