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Sports Briefs

■ Cricket

Kenya to play A teams

Kenya will play a one-day triangular series against the A teams of India and Sri Lanka at home next month, Cricket Kenya officials said on Wednesday. The series will see the three teams play each other twice between Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 with the final being held in Nairobi on Aug. 23.

■ Athletics

French star to miss Osaka

European men's 400m champion Marc Raquil of France has been ruled out of next month's world athletics championships after tearing a muscle in his left thigh, his manager Alain Blondel said on Wednesday. The 30-year-old will not compete in the world championships in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. "It's not a tragedy. His work this season hasn't been lost. He's now focusing on the 2008 season and the Olympic Games," Blondel said.

■ Athletics

Former world champ banned

Former world champion pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco was banned for two years by the Italian Athletics Federation on Wednesday for his involvement in a doping scandal. The 28-year-old was found guilty of having worked with Carlo Santuccione, an Italian doctor under investigation for supplying several high-profile sportsmen with doping products. Gibilisco is understood to have taken or having attempted to take performance-enhancing drugs. The Italian said he would be appealing against his sentence. Asked if he was bitter about his punishment having always protested his innocence, he replied: "Obviously, yes. I found myself caught up in a mess without knowing why, just because I went to see a doctor for a regular appointment."

■ Athletics

Athletes escape punishment

The Bulgarian Athletics Federation on Wednesday refused to sanction European women's 400m champion Vanya Stambolova and high jump silver medalist Venelina Veneva after both failed dope tests. Federation president Dobromir Karamarinov claimed that there was not enough evidence to conclude that the pair had been guilty of taking banned substances. Stambolova, 23, and Veneva, 33, tested positive for excessive levels of the male hormone testosterone during an out-of-competition test on Jan. 24. They have been provisionally suspended since April. But the Bulgarian federation said that the doses of testosterone detected in the athletes' urine were just 5 percent over the norm which "could be the result of a statistical error."

■ Soccer

Mandela match ends in draw

Past and present stars were in action in Cape Town as an African select side drew 3-3 with a World XI on Wednesday in a friendly match played in honor of former South African president Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday. Egypt's Hossan Hassan scored a goal in each half, the second, in the 50th minute, gave the Africans a 3-2 lead but former Spain and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Julen Guerrero hammered home a rebound in the 72nd minute. Chile's Ivan Zamorano got onto the end of a Ruud Gullit cross in the sixth minute and to head home easily. Three minutes later, three-time African footballer of the year Abide Pele converted a Samuel Eto'o cross. Coming on early as a sub, Hassan made an immediate impression, beating an offside trap and slipping the ball past Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta in the 30th minute. Gullit beat Arendse just before half-time to equalize a second time.

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