Stan Lazaridis banned
Ex-Australia soccer international Stan Lazaridis has been banned for 12 months for failing a doping test, but will be able to play in the country's domestic competition later this season. Lazaridis tested positive to the prohibited substance finasteride last November, and was suspended following a lengthy legal process that included a formal hearing of Football Federation Australia's anti-doping tribunal in May. Lazaridis was informed yesterday that he will banned for a year, backdated to the date of his positive test.
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Rapids beat Galaxy
Conor Casey and Colin Clark scored eight minutes apart in the first half to lift the Colorado Rapids to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, who were without David Beckham on Sunday. Mike Petke added a goal for Colorado, which kept Los Angeles winless away from home this season. The crowd of 18,086 was dotted with fans wearing Beckham jerseys. He didn't accompany Los Angeles due to an ankle injury. On Thursday, Beckham played the entire 90 minutes for the third time in six days against Chivas USA. He was limping slightly near the end of that game. Los Angeles threatened early in the match. At the six minute mark, Edson Buddle's header sailed a foot wide of the left post.
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Players enter Hall of Fame
Two-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year Mia Hamm was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday, entering the shrine with teammate Julie Foudy and Alan Rothenberg, the head of the 1994 World Cup who made it the most attended soccer championship in history. Hamm, who won two Women's World Cup and two Olympic titles between 1991 and 2004, spoke on Sunday before a record crowd of 4,800, many of them youngsters, at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Rothenberg, who ran soccer at the 1984 Olympics, took over the US World Cup effort at FIFA's insistence, running an event that attracted an audience of 3.5 million. The other inductee enshrined on Sunday was US defender Bobby Smith, who played alongside Pele for the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League and earned 18 caps with the US national team.
River Plate upset 1-0
First-division newcomers San Martin shocked River Plate 1-0 on Sunday, adding the first loss of the season to the Buenos Aires club's early season troubles. San Martin won on a 75th-minute goal by Jose Sebastian Brusco. Meanwhile, unbeaten Independiente remained alone atop the standings after four weeks of the Apertura season, beating Argentinos Juniors 1-0 when German Denis converted from a 50m pass from Daniel Montenegro. Independiente won their fourth straight and climbed to 12 points, three ahead of Banfield and five ahead of both Estudiantes and Boca Juniors.