Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - Page 18 News List

SPORTS BRIEFS

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ATHLETICS

Drummond gets doping ban

US track coach Jon Drummond has received an eight-year doping ban after arbitrators found he possessed, trafficked, administered and assisted in the use and cover-up of banned substances. The US Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban on Wednesday against the man who was a personal coach for US 100m record-holder Tyson Gay and also served as relay coach for the US track team at the London Olympics. Gay was given a one-year suspension last year for testing positive for banned substances — a penalty that was reduced because he provided information that led to USADA’s case against Drummond.

SOCCER

Granada through to last 16

Ten-man Granada emerged from thick fog at Cordoba’s Estadio Nuevo Arcangel with a 1-1 draw that sent them through to the round-of-16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Granada had won the first leg 1-0 and advanced 2-1 on aggregate after defender Diego Mainz struck in the 60th minute to cancel out Florin Andone’s fourth-minute goal for Cordoba. In the night’s other tie between top-flight sides, Getafe scored twice in the first half to win 2-1 at Sociedad Deportiva Eibar and advance 5-1 on aggregate.

Real Sociedad, Villarreal, RCD Espanyol and Levante UD also went through after winning their round-of-32 ties against lower-division opponents.

RUGBY UNION

Yamada joins Force

Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Western Force as a concessional signing for one year, the Australian Super Rugby club said yesterday. The 29-year-old winger, who has earned 10 Test caps since making his debut for the Brave Blossoms last year, currently plays for the Japan’s Top League leaders Panasonic Wild Knights.

OLYMPICS

Task force on ‘super bacteria’

Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 are creating a task force to deal with so-called “super bacteria” discovered in Olympic sailing waters. In a statement on Wednesday, organizers said they are in contact with specialists at the respected health research institute behind the discovery. The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz found the drug-resistant bacteria in samples taken from the Carioca River, which flows into Guanabara Bay, where the Games’ sailing and wind surfing events are to be held.

TENNIS

Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday pulled out of next month’s mixed-team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organizers said. Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title. It is not clear if he will be fit for the Australian Open.

SOCCER

Brasilia games postponed

Both women’s games scheduled for Wednesday in the International Tournament of Brasilia were postponed because of heavy rain in the Brazilian capital. The US were due to play Argentina and Brazil were scheduled to face China at the Mane Garrincha Stadium. The games were rescheduled for yesterday. Brazil have already reached the final of the four-team tournament, while the top-ranked US need to beat Argentina by several goals and hope that China lose to Brazil. Brazil beat the US 3-2 on Sunday with three goals by five-time World Player of the Year Marta.

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