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Saturday, February 16, 2013

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New leader

JABAL AL AKHDAR, Oman - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez, of the Katusha team, won the fourth stage of the Tour of Oman on Thursday, as Britain's Chris Froome snatched the overall leader's red jersey. Rodriguez was victorious on the mountaintop finish to the 143km stage, finishing four seconds ahead of Froome, of Sky, and 22 seconds in front of Australia's Cadel Evans of the BMC team. Rodriguez's compatriot Alberto Contador was fourth, 27 seconds back. In the overall standings, Froome took the red jersey from Slovakia's Peter Sagan and now leads by a margin of 24 seconds from Evans and 25 seconds from Contador.

Strycova banned

PARIS - Czech tennis player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was banned for six months on Thursday after testing positive for sibutramine, a substance found in a weight-loss product, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The 26-year-old Zahlavova Strycova, a former world number 39 who now stands at 124, failed a drugs test at the Luxembourg Open in October last year, where she was beaten in the first round. "Ms Zahlavova Strycova asserted that the sibutramine, for which she did not hold a valid therapeutic use exemption, had got into her system through her ingestion of the supplement ACAI Berry Thin," said an ITF statement.

Second placing

SOCHI, Russia - The pain came after the gain for Australian snowboarder Holly Crawford who came second in a class World Cup field at the Sochi Test event, only to injure herself on the second run of the final. Crawford, so often in the shadow of Torah Bright, outshone her teammate on the soft Sochi 'pipe as the gold medallist from the Vancouver Games finished seventh. American Kelly Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion, was a rung above the rest of the field, a clear winner on her first run with 88.25 points as Crawford (78 points) slotted into second with France's Sophie Rodriguez (73) third.

Snooker fixing

LONDON - English snooker player Stephen Lee's career was in the balance after he was told on Thursday he has a "case to answer" by the sport's governing body following a match-fixing investigation. The 38-year-old is alleged to have breached World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) rules in matches at four tournaments, including the 2009 World Championship. Lee has been suspended by the WPBSA since October, after he was told he would not face a criminal prosecution over fixing allegations. However, the WPBSA believes it has enough evidence to pursue a case against Lee.

First training

PARIS - All eyes will be on Paris Saint-Germain in the French league match at Sochaux on Sunday, when David Beckham is expected to make his debut. Beckham joined PSG two weeks ago in a surprise move and the 37-year-old former England captain had his first practice session with his new team on Wednesday. PSG is full of confidence after a 2-1 win at Valencia in the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Tuesday — despite conceding a goal and having Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in the last few minutes. "I think we sent a strong signal out," sporting director Leonardo said.

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