Powell slams doping ban
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the former 100m world-record holder, slammed the 18-month doping ban meted out to him on Thursday, calling it “unfair” and “unjust.” “This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Panels such as these, I understood, were assembled to allow athletes who consciously or unconsciously come into conflict with the rules of sport a chance at equitable redemption,” Powell said in a statement posted on his Web site. “Unfortunately, this was not the case.” Powell’s lawyer had already vowed to appeal the decision handed down by a three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Disciplinary Panel, which unanimously ruled that Powell, who blamed his positive result for a banned stimulant on a nutritional supplement, was negligent. Panel chairman Lennox Gayle announced the suspension, which is due to end on Dec. 20 this year. Powell and training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for banned stimulant oxilofrine after the 100m finals at the Jamaican national championships on June 21 last year.
Kaepernick faces probe
Miami police said on Thursday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after a woman filed a police report claiming that she had drinks with him and two other football players, and awoke in a hospital with no memory of the night. No charges have been filed, police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said. According to a police report, the woman told police that on April 1 she went to the apartment of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami. Kaepernick and San Francisco 49er wide receiver Quinton Patton were also present. “They talked for a while and she mixed some drinks for all of them and gave them shots,” the report said. She later said she felt lightheaded, went to a bedroom to lie down when Kaepernick came in and began kissing and undressing her. He left the bedroom saying he would return shortly. “She cannot remember anything after that,” the report said. She told police that they did not have sex, but she has had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, the report said.
Manning set for procedure
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was set for an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle on Thursday to deal with a nagging sprain. Manning suffered a high left-ankle sprain in the Giants’ NFL regular-season finale against Washington in December last year. He said efforts to rehabilitate the injury over the past three months had failed to free him from discomfort and so opted for the procedure. “The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks,” Manning said. “I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue.”
NBA eyes world city games
The NBA is to play pre-season games in five cities around the world in October, the league said on Thursday. The San Antonio Spurs are to play a pair of international teams in two stops, first against Alba Berlin on Oct. 8 in Berlin, the second on Oct. 11 against Fenerbache Ulker in Istanbul. Also on Oct. 11 in Rio de Janeiro, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are to meet. The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings are to play two games in China. The first is to take place on Oct. 12 in Shanghai and the second is scheduled for three days later in Beijing.