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Wife threatens to tell all

The wife of the doctor at the center of Spain’s biggest doping investigation says Spanish sport would be ruined if she revealed all she knows about drug use among athletes. Former runner Cristina Perez said Spain’s record medal performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was in part thanks to her husband, Eufemianio Fuentes, the doctor at the center of cycling’s Operation Puerto case. Perez competed on Spain’s 1,600m relay team in Barcelona. “I know what happened at Barcelona ‘92 and I’m a Pandora’s box that, if opened one day, could bring down sport,” Perez was quoted as saying by La Provincia newspaper. “But out of respect for my companions, the people who sacrificed so much, I’m staying quiet. Although I could speak out and ruin all those caught up in this little world.” Fuentes was one of five people arrested in May 2006 after Spanish police raided apartments in Madrid and Zaragoza and uncovered a blood doping ring that would implicate more than 50 cyclists. Perez, who said all “all elite athletes and regular athletes were implicated” in doping networks across the world, added that the government made Fuentes a doping scapegoat after he helped many Spanish athletes win Olympic medals.


‘Pacman’ Jones reinstated

The NFL lifted Adam “Pacman” Jones’ suspension on Wednesday, just more than five weeks after the Dallas Cowboys cornerback was banned for another violation of its personal conduct policy. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Adam Jones was reinstated by league commissioner Roger Goodell, but would miss the next two games and likely return on Dec. 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerry Jones said the player could return to practice on Monday. The owner said Adam Jones would have “limited participation” this week, but would not be part of full-squad practices or conditioning.


Mourinho’s medal sold

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s Premier League winners’ medal sold for £21,600 (US$32,240) at an auction in London on Wednesday. Mourinho threw the medal into the stands at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-0 to win the 2005-2006 title. It was caught by a fan and sold to an unnamed telephone bidder at a sporting memorabilia sale at Bonhams Auctioneers in Chester. At the same auction, a winners’ medal from the 1930 World Cup was sold for £28,800. The gold medal was awarded to Uruguay captain Jose Nasazzi after his side defeated Argentina 4-2 to become the first World champions.


Ama upsets grand champion

Mongolian Ama upset compatriot Hakuho on Thursday to move into a two-way tie for the lead with the grand champion at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan. Sekiwake Ama forced Hakuho back at the faceoff and threw the yokozuna down with an arm throw. Ama, who is bidding for his first Emperor’s Cup and promotion to the rank of ozeki, is tied with Hakuho at 10-2 heading into the final three days of the tournament. Hakuho, bidding for his ninth title, desperately tried to escape Ama’s hold but touched the dirt surface for just his second loss since an opening-day loss to Aminishiki. In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai (7-5) prevented Miyabiyama making it a three-way tie for the tournament lead, forcing the No. 7 maegashira out. Fifth-ranked maegashira Dejima shoved out Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu to give both wrestlers a record of 6-6.

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