Banned Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde received a global two-year ban Monday for his connection to a blood-doping ring, but was allowed to keep his 2009 Spanish Vuelta victory. The 30-year-old Valverde cannot compete until January 2012, and his results from this year will be stripped. Valverde will be disqualified from all events this season and asked to reimburse his prize money.
Withdrawn Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has withdrawn from the Adidas Grand Prix on June 12 because of an Achilles’ tendon injury. Organizers of the IAAF Diamond League say they were notified by Bolt’s management team that he has inflammation of his tendon. In a statement from the event organizers, Bolt said he developed stiffness last week and a doctor advised him to take a two to three week break.
Leaving Forward Matt Barnes says he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic to become a free agent. Barnes had said for months he would likely make the move, hoping to get a long-term deal to return to Orlando. He made his intentions official after the team’s end-of-season meeting. Announced Barcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos was the major casualty when Mexico announced its final 23-man World Cup roster. Dos Santos’ older brother, Giovani, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, was on the team announced by coach Javier Aguirre on the Mexican soccer federation’s website. Mexico plays the World Cup opener on June 11 against host South Africa and also faces Uruguay and France in Group A.
Turning Reigning NCAA golf champion Matt Hill is turning pro, skipping his final year at North Carolina State after missing a chance to defend his title. Hill announced that he will make his pro debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Decided IndyCar driver Davey Hamilton will not compete in Texas after de Ferran Dragon Racing decided to run just one of its damaged cars Saturday. Hamilton was knocked out of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 before completing a lap.
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