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Leinders given life ban for doping violations COLORADO SPRINGS: Belgian Geert Leinders was issued a life ban for doping violations during his time as chief doctor for the Rabobank pro cycling team, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Thursday.The American anti-doping watchdog revealed the ban was imposed by a three-member US arbitration appeal panel of the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport against Leinders for multiple violations during his time as a Rabobank board of directors member and team chief physician.The investigation of Leinders began with USADA discovering evidence in 2012 during its investigation of doping within cycling and included Dutch and Danish anti-doping groups as well.After a hearing where detailed evidence, including eyewitness testimony, supported documents and abnormal blood findings of cyclists, the independent arbitration panel ruled Leinders possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance enhancing substances and methods without any legitimate medical need, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, the steroid DHEA and corticosteroids ...

To race or not to race, that's the question for Miller KITZBUEHEL: To race or not to race, that is the question American veteran Bode Miller is posing himself just eight weeks out of back surgery.That question is complicated because the 37-year-old is talking about the toughest, scariest piste on the World Cup circuit: Kitzbuehel's infamous Hahnenkamm.A technically demanding, strength-sapping, icy piste that snakes more than three kilometres through the tranquil forested Tyrolean mountain that more than sorts the wheat from the chaff of alpine speed ...
Van Gaal wary of Cambridge cup threat MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday that cup upsets in his native Netherlands means he will take nothing for granted when his side faces Cambridge United in the FA Cup.United, who last won the FA Cup in 2004, face the lowest ranked side left in the competition when they go to Cambridge, who are mid-table in the fourth tier of English football, on Friday night.But van Gaal believes the physical presence ...
Birmingham, Alabama to host 2021 World Games LAUSANNE: The 2021 World Games will be hosted by Birmingham, Alabama, the International World Games Association confirmed on Thursday.The town of just over one million inhabitants beat competition from Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to become the second US city to host after Santa Clara, California organised the inaugural edition in 1981."It's a great historical significant day for our city, our state and the United States," said Jonathan F. Austin, president of Birmingham city council ...
Bundesliga posts record profits for 10th year in row BERLIN: The German Football League (DFL) on Thursday posted record sale returns for the tenth year in a row, having made 2.45 billion euros ($2.84 billion) for the 2013/14 Bundesliga season.The figures are 12 percent up compared to the previous season as Germany's second division also posted record returns of 458 million euros, up nearly 10 percent on the previous year."In recent years, German football has used its strong financial base to achieve exceptional results. ...
Brazil's Fred set to hit Chinese trail: report RIO DE JANEIRO: Veteran Brazilian striker Fred is set to join Argentine clubmate Mario Conca by joining the growing ranks of South Americans blazing a trail to China, according to reports Thursday in Globo.According to the media giant, Conca has received an "offer you can't refuse" from Shanghai Dongya and is prepared to return to the Chinese league, where he previously starred for Guangzhou Evergrande between 2001 and 2013.Fred, meanwhile, who flopped at the World ...
Madrid move a dream for teen wizard Odegaard MADRID: Norwegian teenage prodigy Martin Odegaard described his move to European champions Real Madrid as a "dream come true" as he was officially presented in the Spanish capital on Thursday.The 16-year-old arrived in Madrid after Real splashed out a reported four million euros ($4.6 million, £3.1 million) to beat off stiff competition from around Europe to secure his signature from Stromsgodset."It is a dream come true for me. It is unbelievable that I am ready ...


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