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Backup doping tests have come back positive for former

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Backup doping tests have come back positive for former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, teammate Sherone Simpson and three other island athletes. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said the athletes second samples were tested at a Montreal lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It says all five athletes have been notified and the findings will be passed on to the Jamaican Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel so hearings can be scheduled. Paul Doyle, the agent for Powell and Simpson, did not immediately respond to a Friday email seeking comment. The athletes and their agent have focused on a new physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb of Canada, saying supplements he provided caused the positive tests. However, Xuereb has said he didnt give the sprinters performance-enhancing drugs and suggested he was a scapegoat. Powell and Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaicas national championships in June. Discus throwers Allison Randall and Travis Smikle, along with a junior athlete, also tested positive for prohibited substances at the same meet. Powell was the last man to hold the 100-meter world record before teammate Usain Bolt broke it in 2008. He also helped the island win the 400-meter relay gold at the 2008 Olympics. Simpson won Olympic gold in the womens 400 relay in 2004 and silver in 2012, along with silver in the 100 in 2008. The two Jamaican sprinting stars and trainer Xuereb were formally placed under criminal investigation in Italy following a hotel raid in July the northern resort town of Lignano Sabbidadora, where the Jamaicans have been training for years. This week, an Italian prosecutor said their criminal doping investigation has been delayed because they have been unable to contact the athletes to ask whether they wish to observe the testing of substances sequestered during the police raid. Meanwhile, a Jamaican disciplinary panel is deliberating a verdict after a four-day closed-door hearing on a positive doping test by another marquee sprinter, three-time Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown. The panel includes a former judge, a former senior military official and the head of the islands medical association. One of Campbell-Browns lawyers representing her at the hearing was P.J. Patterson, a former prime minister who led Jamaica from 1992-2006 and remains a highly influential figure on the island. The 31-year-old champion sprinter is the 2004 and 2008 Olympic winner in the 200. She also won gold in the 4x100 relay at the 2004 Athens Games. In London, she won bronze in the 100 and silver as part of the 4x100 relay team. She was suspended from competition in June after testing positive for a banned diuretic at a meet in May in Jamaica, according to a top Jamaican anti-doping official. But the doping case involving Campbell-Brown appears to involve a "lesser" offence of unintentional use of a banned substance, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told The Associated Press in June. The doping positives of three of the islands sprinting stars have staggered many in Jamaica, where track athletes are beloved and global domination in sprinting is a huge source of national pride. In recent days, Renee Anne Shirley, the former executive of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, has made waves in Jamaica after revealing a number of "troubling" problems during her brief tenure as the top official. She has disclosed that the commission did not have the staff to carry out rigorous anti-doping programs and just one out-of-competition test was done between February 2012 and the start of the London Olympics five months later. The anti-doping commission has responded defensively, saying it has viewed with "deep concern the utterances by various persons in the public sphere in their attempt to discredit the work of JADCO, its commissioners, the government of Jamaica and the success of Jamaican athletes." Since starting testing in May 2009, JADCO says it has conducted 876 tests - 504 in-competition and 272 out-of-competition. Cyber Monday Beats By Dre Online . -- Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knew it only was a matter of time before Steve Sullivan scored again. Beats By Dre Cyber Monday sale . -- When the Baltimore Ravens last went to the Super Bowl, Art Modell was owner of the team and Brian Billick was the coach. http://www.beatssalecybermonday2013.com/ . The game itself will be played at the Toyota Center on Sunday, February 17 with All-Star festivities starting two days earlier. Cyber Monday Online Beats By Dre . Second-line centre Mike Ribeiro delivered, giving his team a critical extra point when he scored at 2:01 of overtime to give Dallas a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Cyber Monday Beats By Dre . Duff, a fourth-year urban planning student from Moncton, N.B., scored five of the Stingers six goals last weekend, including both game-winners, as Concordia stayed in the hunt for a playoff spot thanks to a pair of shutout victories against Bishops, 4-0, and UQAM, 2-0.ATLANTA -- Mike Minor had a 6.26 ERA during spring training. But in his first regular-season start, he looked just like the dominant pitcher who ended 2012. "With spring training not going as well, I still had that confidence," Minor said. "I guess that was a big part of it tonight." Minor pitched into the eighth inning and Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Friday night. Juan Francisco had a two-run single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Eric OFlaherty got two outs in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel threw eight pitches in a perfect ninth for his second save. Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base. Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out one. Uptons shot gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first. His sacrifice fly in the third drove in Andrelton Simmons to make it 2-0. "Its even fun to see him hit in the cage," Simmons said. "You just watch and try to pick up stuff from him. Hes really talented, and he has a nice swing. Everything is nice and smooth. Hes going to do this all year." Feldman could only blame himself for the second run. He issued a leadoff walk to Simmons, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. "I had a little trouble with my command tonight," Feldman said, "and they got into some deep counts and made me throw a lot of pitches." Minors one costly mistake came when Scott Hairston led off the fifth with a homer, his first, to make it 2-1. Since the beginning of September last year, Minor is 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA in six starts. He also improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Cubs. The first month of the season had been a problem for Minor, drafted seventh overall in 2009. The left-hander began Friday with a 2-3 record and 5.35 careeer ERA in six April starts.dddddddddddd Minor rediscovered his command in the second half last year, however, and his 2.10 ERA since the All-Star break trails only teammate Kris Medlen and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best in the majors. "Im not going to say Im going to have a game like this every time," Minor said. "But I had the confidence coming into the season that I was going to attack the hitters like I did last year and throw more breaking balls." Francisco used an inside-out swing with one out in the fifth to drive the ball into left field for a two-run single that made it 4-1. That hit chased Feldman, who threw balls on 49 of his 102 pitches. Michael Bowden ended the inning on rookie Evan Gattis groundout. Bowden faced the minimum over the next 2 1-3 innings. Hector Rondon faced four batters in the eighth. Feldman, who spent his first eight seasons with Texas, is 0-6 with a 6.85 ERA over his last nine starts. NOTES: New centre fielder B.J. Upton reached base for the first time with the Braves when Feldman hit him with a pitch in the fifth. B.J. Upton, who is 0 for 14 with nine strikeouts this season, advanced to second on his first steal for Atlanta and scored on Franciscos single. ... Gattis went 3 for 4 and was the only player on either team with more than one hit. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro appeared in his 200th consecutive game, the NLs longest active streak. ... Before the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Braves GM Frank Wren came to his office and asked that he keep Chicago players off the field while Atlanta was still taking batting practice. Some of the Cubs relievers were loosening up in left field with a few minutes left in the Braves allotted practice time. Sveum said he quickly obliged. "Realistically, two teams cant be on the field at the same time, but obviously we all know at the end of (batting practice) that everybody always goes and throws and pretty much everybodys work is done," Sveum said. "The BP times got all goofed up, thats part of it. Why all that happened, anyway." ' ' '

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