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■ AthleticsMichelle Collins suspended

US sprinter Michelle Collins was suspended on Friday from track and field for eight years for doping violations, making her the 13th athlete sanctioned so far for doping in cases connected to the BALCO scandal. Here is a list of those athletes. All are Americans except for Chambers, who is British: Michelle Collins, eight years; Alvin Harrison, four years; Regina Jacobs, four years; Calvin Harrison, two years; Dwain Chambers, two years; Kelli White, two years; Kevin Toth, two years; John McEwen, two years; Melissa Price, two years; Chryste Gaines, public warning; Sandra Glover, public warning; Chris Phillips, public warning; and Eric Thomas, public warning.

■ Hockey

Martin Kariya heads east

The Nikko Ice Bucks of the Asia League have signed Canadian Martin Kariya, the team said Saturday on its official Web site. Kariya, 24, is the younger brother of Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Kariya and played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League last season. A graduate of the University of Maine, Kariya had eight goals and 17 assists last season for Bridgeport. "With connections to Japan, I'm looking forward to playing in the Asia League," said Kariya, whose father was Japanese. "I'm sure I'll be able to learn many new things and am eager to get to know my teammates and the fans." Kariya is expected to join the team as soon as he receives a visa. The Ice Bucks are currently sixth in the eight-team Asia League standings and have just four wins in 24 games. "We're very excited that Martin is joining our team," said coach Hideyuki Ueno. "He's a very talented player and a good person and should help our team get some wins."

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