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Three Brazilians banned

Three Brazilian athletes have been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance, the Brazilian Athletics Confederation said on Thursday. Sprinters Bruno Tenorio and Jorge Celio Sena and heptathlete Lucimara Silvestre, who tested positive for recombinant EPO, waived their right to have their B samples examined to avoid a possibly more stringent punishment, the confederation said on its Web site, The suspension runs until June 2011.


Hardy sets world record

American Jessica Hardy set a world record of 29.95 seconds in the 50m breaststroke at the US Open Championship in Federal Way, Washington, on Thursday, setting the mark as a split time in the 100m breaststroke. Hardy broke the prior mark of 30.09 seconds set by Russia’s Yuliya Efimova last Sunday at the World Championships in Rome. Canada’s Amanda Reason had just in July trimmed the world mark of 30.31 by Australian Jade Edmistone from 2006. Hardy withdrew from last year’s US Olympic swimming trials after a positive drug test and was banned from competing for one year by a US arbitration panel. The International Swimming Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to double Hardy’s ban to two years. CAS has said it would rule before the end of next month.


Ballan takes lead in Poland

Italy’s Allesandro Ballan of the Lampre team won a sprint finish for the fifth stage of the Tour of Poland in the rain on Thursday. Ballan’s success on the 163km stage from Strzyzow to Krynica Zdroj also gave him possession of the race leader’s yellow jersey. The world champion finished ahead of Spaniard Daniel Moreno and Dutch rider Pieter Weening, who are second and third in the overall standings respectively.


Schumacher keeps karting

Michael Schumacher continued preparing for his return to Formula One with a second day of kart racing in northern Italy on Thursday. “We had two very good karting days,” the seven-time world champion said on his Web site, www.michael-­ “Arms, upper body, shoulders, neck — an excellent practice indeed.” The 40-year-old German is coming out of retirement to fill in at Ferrari while Brazilian Felipe Massa recovers from injuries sustained in a nasty accident in qualifying at last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher is not allowed to use Ferrari’s F60 car before the European Grand Prix in Valencia on Aug. 23 because the sport’s regulations ban track testing during the season.


Snoop hangs with Ravens

Rap star Snoop Dogg joined the Baltimore Ravens at training camp practice on Thursday, watching from the sideline before ending practice by leading a chant within the team huddle. Snoop Dogg arrived at practice in Westminster, Maryland, with an entourage that included someone who held an umbrella over the star’s head. Snoop made himself comfortable on the sideline and watched for about an hour before joining the team in the middle of the field at the end of the session. After Snoop Dogg led the Ravens through a chant taught to him by linebacker Ray Lewis, practice ended with a whoop from the players — several of whom posed for pictures with the rapper.

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