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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Two-year ban

SYDNEY - Australian sprinter Josh Ross is facing a two-year ban for missing three drug tests this year.

Athletics Australia (AA) informed the six-time national 100m champion of the possible sanction after being reported by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) for missing the controls. The 32-year-old has already indicated he'll appeal.

World record

TOKYO - Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu broke the world record of three-times world champion skater Patrick Chan to top the short program at the Grand Prix Final yesterday, ending the Canadian's all-conquering run in the Olympic season.

After nailing an opening quadruple jump, Hanyu flawlessly landed an triple axel and a triple-triple combination to earn 99.84 points.

Life ban

ROME - Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been banned from cycling for life following a third doping offence, joining Lance Armstrong as one of the highest profile riders to be kicked out of the sport.

The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court issued the verdict yesterday. The 37-year-old Di Luca tested positive for the blood booster EPO in a surprise test in April.

Champ out

LONDON - Ronnie O'Sullivan endured a birthday to forget as the reigning world snooker champion crashed out of the UK Championship yesterday after a 6-4 quarter-final defeat against Stuart Bingham.

Bingham will face world number one Neil Robertson in the semi-final after the Australian beat Stephen Maguire 6-2.

Robben injury

BERLIN - Dutch star Arjen Robben is out for six weeks after suffering a knee injury in Bayern Munich's German Cup third round win at Augsburg.

As well as tomorrow's league trip to Werder Bremen, Robben will miss Wednesday's Champions League tie at home to Manchester City, as well as the Club World Cup in Morocco.

Winning run

PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland is the NBA's new Western Conference leader after ending Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory on Thursday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who moved half a game above San Antonio for the West lead.


MEXICO CITY - The NBA cancelled a rare game in Mexico City between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday after smoke from a generator malfunction engulfed the arena, forcing players to evacuate.

Players abandoned their warm-up and exited the 22,000-capacity Arena Ciudad de Mexico about an hour before tip-off as smoke entered the facility.

Vonn returns

LAKE LOUISE, Canada - Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will return to competitive action for the first time in 10 months in today's World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, the US star confirmed.

"Thankful and happy to announce I will be starting in the World Cup downhill race tomorrow ...," tweeted the 29-year-old. Vonn had been sidelined after tearing a right knee ligament last month.