Tuesday 23 January 2018

In Brief: Arrest warrant issued for Landis

CYCLING TENNIS BOXING

A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Floyd Landis for allegedly hacking into a French anti-doping agency laboratory computer.

The news was revealed by French anti-doping agency boss Pierre Bordry. "French judge (Thomas) Cassuto informed us he had issued an international arrest warrant on January 28," he said.

Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for excess levels of testosterone.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal that the positive test was due to procedural mistakes by the French laboratory.

The 34-year-old American was banned from racing for two years, returning to action in January '09.

Bordry added that the judge also issued an international warrant for Arnie Baker, a retired doctor and longtime Landis coach and adviser.

King crashes out in shock Sarajevo defeat

IRELAND'S Barry King yesterday crashed to a shock defeat in the first round of qualifying at the ITF Men's Futures event in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina.

King, recently selected on the Ireland Davis Cup team for next month's clash with Turkey in Dublin, and the top seed, bowed out to 19-year-old Bosnian Franjo Raspudic 1-6 6-7 (4/7).

The 24-year-old had a 1118 place advantage in the ATP singles world rankings over Raspudic, who had previously lost five matches on the trot since last October.

King will have a chance to gain some consolation when he teams up with fellow Dubliner James McGee in the men's doubles.

Unlike King, the world ranking positions of McGee and Colin O'Brien were high enough to secure them places in the main draw of the singles competition.

Taylor dismisses coach link to Kom

IRISH coach Peter Taylor has dismissed reports that he is to become trainer to four-times Indian World boxing champ Mary Kom.

According to reports Kom, who will be targeting gold at the 2012 Olympics, wants to work with Taylor, coach and father of Irish World and European lightweight champ Katie, in the countdown to London.

The Indian Olympic Gold Quest, which supports Kom, said that they were in talks with Taylor, while Kom says she had discussions with the former Irish champ.

But Taylor, who is preparing his daughter for the Irish Elite Men's and inaugural Women's Senior Championships, which begin at the National Stadium in Dublin this Friday, is shaking his head at the reports. "I have not been in discussions with anyone," he said.

Irish Independent

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