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Sports in brief: American relay team wins appeal, regains medals won in 2000



GENEVA — American sprinters who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal Friday to have them restored.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee's decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games.

The court said the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federations rules in 2000 did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete.

The IOC said the ruling was "disappointing and especially unfortunate for the athletes of the other teams who competed according to the rules."

In Sydney, Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson were part of the squad that won gold in the 4x400 relay. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson were on the 4x100 bronze medal squad.

All but Perry joined the appeal.

"The panel found that at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games there was no express IOC or IAAF rule in force that clearly allowed the IOC to annul the relay team results if one team member was found to have committed a doping offense," CAS said.

PARIS DIAMOND LEAGUE: Olympic and World champion Usain Bolt recovered from a poor start to win the 100 meters in 9.84 seconds at the meet in Saint-Denis, France. Bolt set a meet record and beat fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell, who finished second in 9.91, and Yohan Blake, third in 9.95.


Contador closing in

Defending champion Alberto Contador shaved 10 seconds off of Andy Schleck's overall lead in the Tour de France after making a charge in the 12th stage.

Contador cut his gap to 31 seconds behind after a 131-mile ride from Bourg-de-Peage to Mende.

Joaquin Rodriguez won the stage, edging fellow Spaniard Contador in a two-man sprint.

DOPING: Three-time Tour de France champ Greg LeMond was served with a grand jury subpoena as part of a federal investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong and his associates, the New York Daily News reported. LeMond must appear in federal court July 30 in Los Angeles.


Jolly suspended for '10

The league suspended Packers DE Johnny Jolly without pay for the 2010 season and perhaps beyond for violating the substance abuse policy.

SEAHAWKS: LB Leroy Hill was suspended for the regular-season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy.


SOCCER: U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra left Rennes to join fellow French team Saint-Etienne.

JURISPRUDENCE: Florida WR Frankie Hammond Jr. was sentenced to probation and fined $500 as part of a plea deal in a 2008 DUI case.

TENNIS: Top seed Robin Soderling reached the semifinals of the Swedish Open in Bastad, beating Andreas Seppi 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

Times wires

fast facts

Tour de France

Friday: Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez won Stage 12 in 4:58:26. Overall, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg kept the yellow jersey.

Armstrong watch: 32nd, 21:16 behind Schleck

Today: Stage 13, 121.7 miles, Rodez to Revel

TV: 8:30 a.m., Versus

Sports in brief: American relay team wins appeal, regains medals won in 2000 07/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:55pm]
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