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In brief: One-year ban for Contador

Alberto Contador has been banned for a year for a doping offence at last year's Tour de France according to reports in the Spanish press.

Contador tested positive for banned weight loss/muscle-building drug clenbuterol after the second stage of the Tour in 2011, when he went on to win his third yellow jersey.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) provisionally suspended Contador in August in advance of an investigation by the Spanish federation and the decision will also cost him his 2010 Tour title, which would then go to runner-up Andy Schleck.


Kildare farmer and businessman Christy Murphy was elected to the Chair of Show Jumping Ireland (SJI) at this week's meeting of the organisation's Executive Committee, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

Murphy told the Irish Independent yesterday that his vision is "to create harmony throughout the association and the regions" during his tenure, and added that he is really looking forward to his term of office.

James Kernan, whose name will always be inextricably linked with Ireland's legendary three-in-a-row Aga Khan Cup winning side of the 1970s, was elected vice-chairman.


IRELAND'S James McGee and fellow Dubliner Colin O'Brien yesterday tumbled out of the doubles opening round in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Heilbronn, Germany.

McGee and O'Brien pair fell to a 6-4 6-2 defeat, in 61 minutes, to Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and Italy's Alessandro Motti.

The Irish pair entered the contest as rank outsiders, holding a combined doubles world ranking position of 1,017 compared to 382 for their opponents.


Jonathan Trott scored his second ODI century as England kept alive the seven-match series against Australia with a 21-run win in Adelaide.

Trott hit a typically composed 102 from 126 balls to build on Matt Prior's quick-fire 67 at the top of the order as an improved batting performance yielded 299-8. eoin Morgan hit 24.

The 29-year-old Trott then completed an all-round performance as he claimed two wickets, his first in one-day cricket, to help restrict the hosts to 278-8 and deny them a victory which would have sealed the seven-match series on Australia Day.

Irish Independent