Thorpe submits evidence
Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has submitted his final evidence to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) evidence in an attempt to clear his name. ASADA said yesterday that Thorpe had offered evidence and records which he hoped will explain why he returned abnormal levels to two banned substances in a urine sample he gave in May last year. Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, has claimed his innocence since news of his case emerged in March. "ASADA can confirm on Wednesday, Aug. 16 it received the full and final submissions from Ian Thorpe into the matter of his unusual testosterone, epitestosterone and luteinizing hormone levels," the agency said in a statement. "This material will now be examined by ASADA and a determination made as to the way forward."
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Vets check horses for flu
Vets checked thousands of racehorses across Japan for flu yesterday after animals at two training centers were suspected of having contracted the virus, a Japan Racing Association (JRA) official confirmed. About 200 veterinarians were dispatched to check some 5,000 racehorses at JRA facilities, the official told reporters. To prevent any spread of the virus, the association put a blanket ban on movement of horses between JRA facilities around the country, he said. In 1971, about 1,800 racehorses were infected with influenza and racing was cancelled, he said. "The situation today is far different from what we had 36 years ago. In those days, there was no vaccine available," he said. The association was likely to decide soon whether to suspend horse races scheduled for the weekend, he said.
Mauresmo to miss US Open
Two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo pulled out of the US Open on Wednesday, citing a groin injury and the need to recover fully from the appendectomy she had in March. Mauresmo hasn't played in a tournament since losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon on July 3, although she did participate in France's Fed Cup semi-final last month. She put at least part of the blame for her third-round loss at the French Open in June on the groin problem. "My doctor has recommended that I allow myself additional time to rest and recover from this injury so that it is completely healed," Mauresmo said in a statement released by the WTA Tour. "Obviously, this is one of the worst times of the year for me to have an injury."