Monday 28 May 2018

Spanish farmers' fury at Contador

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Spain's beef producers' association has formally asked the public prosecutor to investigate allegations made by Tour de France champion Alberto Contador that tainted meat caused his failed doping test.

Three-times Tour winner Contador said meat bought in Spain and consumed on the 2010 Tour's second rest day was responsible for the traces of the banned substance clenbuterol found in his urine sample.

He has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI), faces a possible two-year ban and could lose his 2010 Tour title.

The Spanish meat producers' group said in a statement they wanted a "rigorous investigation that established the facts once and for all."

The Spanish Cycling Federation is expected to make a decision on the Contador case within three months.

Federer turns on style to sink Murray

Roger Federer once again proved he has Andy Murray's number when it comes to the big matches with a crushing 6-4 6-2 victory over the home hope at the ATP World Tour Finals in London yesterday.

The British No 1 was bidding for a third consecutive victory over Federer, but it was virtually one-way traffic at the O2 Arena as Murray searched in vain for something like his best form, while his opponent had also beaten Murray in the round-robin stage of the eight-man event last year, as well as both times they have met in Grand Slam finals.

Federer said: "I had my hands full, so I'm surprised how clean the score was. I'm happy I'm playing so well."

Harbhajan puts Kiwis to sword

Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma each took three wickets as India beat New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in the third Test at Nagpur.

The Kiwis were bowled out for 175 soon after lunch as the home side wrapped up a 1-0 series victory.

New Zealand slumped from 24-1 to 124-8 during the morning session.

Tim Southee (31) and Andy McKay (20 not out) shared a stand of 51 but Ishant bowled Southee and Chris Martin with successive deliveries to end the match.

Meanwhile, Abdur Rehman grabbed two wickets after tea to cap a fine individual effort with bat and ball on day four of the second Test and ensure South Africa did not get too far ahead of Pakistan.

The slow left-armer ended with 3-73, adding to his earlier 60 -- key in helping his side avoid the follow-on -- as the Proteas reached stumps on 173-4, with Hashim Amla (62) top scoring.

It left them with an overall lead of 323 with three sessions left.

Irish Independent

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