Thursday 19 October 2017

In Brief: Aussie Rogers fails drug test

cycling

Australian Michael Rogers has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the steroid clenbuterol, the UCI has announced.

Rogers rode for Team Sky for two years and was a team-mate of Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France.

The 33-year-old three-time World Championships time-trial gold medal winner joined Saxo-Tinkoff -- Nicolas Roche's team -- at the end of the 2012 season and supported Alberto Contador at the 2013 Tour.

A statement from cycling's world governing body read: "The UCI advised Australian rider Michael Rogers that he is provisionally suspended. The decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo indicating an adverse analytical finding of clenbuterol in a urine sample collected from him in a test during the Japan Cup on October 20, 2013".

Saxo-Tinkoff said in a statement that he had told them that "he never ingested the substance knowingly and fears that the adverse analytical finding originates from a contaminated food source." They added that he had "participated in Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup."

Some athletes are warned not to eat meat in China because it can contain clenbuterol.

IRISH international race walker Colin Griffin (31) has announced that he is retiring from athletics, but has not ruled out a comeback in the future.

The Leitrim man, whose best result was 11th in the 50km walk at the 2010 European Championships, said he had decided to "take a break" after having to deal "with some difficult challenges" in the past two seasons, but hoped to return to competitive athletics at some stage in the future.

Andy Flower has declined to commit to his role as England Test coach beyond the already unsuccessful Ashes tour. England lost the urn in Perth on Tuesday when Australia opened up an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Flower's job has come under scrutiny -- along with the playing futures of several long-established regulars.

Asked whether he believes he can still take England forward, Flower spoke of "judgments" that must be made by him and his employers and cast his mind forward only as far as the final two Tests of this series.

Novak Djokovic has appointed former World No 1 Boris Becker as his head coach ahead of next month's Australian Open as the Serb tries to seize back tennis's top ranking from Rafael Nadal.

Irish Independent

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