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Sierra Leone Sprinter Tests Positive for Drug

From Staff and Wire Reports

Horace Dove-Edwin, the Sierra Leone sprinter whose second-place finish in the 100 meters was among the biggest surprises of the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, has tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Dove-Edwin, 27, has been stripped of his silver medal and eliminated from the games, the Commonwealth Games Federation said Sunday. He also was banned from participation in the next Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998.

The federation also removed Sierra Leone’s 400-meter relay team from Sunday’s final. Dove-Edwin was a member of the team that finished third in Saturday’s semifinal heat.

Dove-Edwin, who finished second to England’s Linford Christie in Tuesday’s final, tested positive for stanozol metabolites, the federation said.

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British shotputter Paul Edwards, sent home from the Commonwealth Games after failing a drug test, denied taking banned substances to improve performance.

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American Jon Drummond upset Christie in the 100-meter sprint at the Rieti Invitational track and field meet in Rieti, Italy.

Drummond ran a meet-record 9.99 seconds in the 100 meters to easily beat Christie, the Olympic and world champion.

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Benson Koech, 19, ran the year’s fastest 800 meters at Rieti, leading a Kenyan sweep of the top four places in that race. He turned in a time of 1:43.17.

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American Sam Jefferson won the 100 meters at the Carl Lewis Classic in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 10.30 seconds, with Norway’s Geir Moen second in 10.38. American Mark Witherspoon was third in 10.40, followed by Carl Lewis in 10.41.

Tennis

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Jacco Eltingh of the Netherlands defeated Chuck Adams of Pacific Palisades, 6-3, 6-4, in the final of the OTB International in Schenectady, N.Y.

In the women’s final, eighth-seeded Judith Wiesner of Austria rebounded to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory over defending champion Larisa Neiland of Latvia.

Fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kavelnikov of Russia rallied to defeat sixth-seeded Cedric Pioline of France, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, to win the Waldbaum’s Hamlet Cup at Commack, N.Y.

Top-seeded Alberto Berasategui of Spain won the Croatian Open clay court tournament, beating eighth-seeded Karol Kucera of Slovakia, 6-2, 6-4, at Umag.

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College Football

University of Texas receivers Lovell Pinkney and Mike Adams have been suspended for the No. 18 Longhorns’ opener at Pittsburgh on Saturday for violating the NCAA’s amateurism rule, Coach John Mackovic said.

Mackovic said the Pinckney and Adams, both juniors, broke the NCAA’s amateur status code by using a rental car provided for them. He said that they had the car for about five weeks this summer, at a value of about $1,000.

A specially appointed university committee investigated the incident and ruled the two should be suspended for one game and fined $500 each. Mackovic did not say who gave the players the car, but said he did not believe it was a booster or an agent.

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Adams had 1,854 all-purpose yards and scored eight touchdowns last season and Pinkney had 47 receptions for 686 yards and five touchdowns.

Soccer

Rui Filipe, 26, a top midfielder for FC Porto of the Portuguese first division, died in a car accident near Oporto, Portugal.

Filipe, driving with his girlfriend and another couple, was killed when his vehicle skidded off the highway on a curve and slammed into a tree. The other three passengers were slightly injured and hospitalized for observation.

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The accident was probably caused by speeding, police said.

Cycling

American cyclist Lance Armstrong lost a battle in the final mile of the World Championship professional road race at Agrigento, Italy, and failed to repeat his victory of last year.

Luc Leblanc became the first Frenchman to win since 1980. He covered the 156 miles in 6 hours 33 minutes 54 seconds under a broiling sun.

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Leblanc edged Italy’s Claudio Chiappucci and another Frenchman, Richard Virenque, by nine seconds. They placed second and third, respectively. Armstrong, 22, was seventh, 48 seconds back.

Miscellany

Four-time world champion Bruce Baumgartner of Cambridge Springs, Pa., was upset by Turkey’s Mahmut Demir in the 286-pound class of the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships at Istanbul, Turkey.

Melvin Douglas of Mesa, Ariz., won the bronze medal in the 198-pound class. The two medals marks the lowest total by an American team since 1975.

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The competition schedule for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta was submitted to the executive board of the International Olympic Committee at its meetings in Paris, with only the timing of the track and field events still to be finalized.

Also, organizers of the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan, were asked by the IOC to consider adding snowboarding to the Games.

Japan defeated the United States, 15-11, 6-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-8, giving both 5-1 records in the women’s volleyball World Grand Prix at Tokyo.


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