Italians want to ban whole family
ROME — The Italian Olympic Committee is attempting to ban an entire family for doping.
On Thursday, antidoping prosecutor Ettore Torri recommended Lorenzo Bernucci be banned from cycling for six years and wife Valentina Borgioli, brother Alessio Bernucci, mother Antonella Rossi and father-in-law Fabrizio Borgioli be banned from involvement in any sporting events in Italy for four after being linked to blood doping by a prosecutor in Padua. Torri did not disclose what role his family played.
Bernucci is facing his second offense. He tested positive for a nonamphetamine appetite suppressant in 2007.
The case will be decided by the committee's internal antidoping court at a hearing that has not been scheduled.
"I wasn't expecting the prosecutor to request such a severe penalty," Bernucci said. "My relatives didn't do anything."
Roddick will play Davis Cup in 2011
Andy Roddick is returning to the U.S. Davis Cup team in 2011 after skipping it this year. Roddick's 31 U.S. wins trail only John McEnroe's 41, and he was part of the 2007 title team. In a statement released by the U.S. Tennis Association, he called winning the Davis Cup a "top priority" and said he believes it's something players "should commit to for the entire season and not when it is convenient." The United States plays at Chile in the first round March 4-6.
Olympics: Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are considering playing doubles together for Belgium at the 2012 Games but said they must overcome scheduling difficulties. There is no timetable for a decision. Henin won gold in singles in 2004 while Clijsters has never played in the Olympics. They have played doubles together at the highest level only once, when Belgium lost to Russia in the 2006 Fed Cup quarterfinals.
IOC leader hopes for Middle East bid
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he would like to see a Middle Eastern nation bid for future Games. Qatar, which last week won the 2022 World Cup, lost to Brazil for the 2016 Games (the first in South America). Rogge, who did not specify a nation, said a new region would be "favored" in a close race.
Golf: Lydia Hall shot 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead at 7-under 137 over Anna Nordqvist (68) in the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in the European event in the United Arab Emirates. First-round leader Florentyna Parker (75) was five back. Michelle Wie (72), playing with a sore back, was six back.
Soccer: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Qatar's neighboring countries could host games at the 2022 World Cup.