Global sports round-up

US goalie warned after positive drug test

NEW YORK SEnD Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the US Women’s National Soccer Team, has received a “public warning” from the USADA after testing positive for a banned substance.

Solo tested positive for Canrenone on June 15, before the US took on Sweden in an exhibition game. However, she was taking the drug as a part of prescribed medication, so she will not face any disciplinary action†beyond the warning.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”

Solo will still be eligible to play for the US Olympic team at the 2012 Summer Games, where the US women are expected to contend for a gold medal.†

Cyclist suspended

PARIS – The Cofidis team have suspended Remy Di Gregorio after the French rider was taken into custody by police for questioning over alleged doping offences.

Di Gregorio, who is currently competing in the Tour de France for Cofidis, has been taken to Marseille to help the police with their enquiries, according to reports.

The team have reacted quickly by suspending the 26-year-old “as a precaution” pending further investigation into the matter.

“We have at present very little information about the events which allegedly took place,” read a Cofidis team statement.

“Nevertheless, suspicions about the rider in question, Remy Di Gregorio, lead us to apply strict and immediate sanctions in force in our team regarding the violation of ethics rules.”

Remy di Gregorio is therefore suspended, now, as a precaution, pending further information concerning the facts alleged against him.

“If these facts are established, it will be dealt with as specified by the terms of the contract and the ethics policy of the team.”

Injured Boucher quits cricket

TAUNTON – Mark Boucher†has retired from international cricket after undergoing surgery on the severe eye injury he sustained on the opening day against Somerset.

Boucher had to leave the field at the end of the 46th over of Somerset’s innings yesterday when a googly from Imran Tahir hit the stumps and a dislodged bail struck Boucher in the left eye. He will return to South Africa as soon as he is able to travel.

“The extent of the eye injury can be described as severe. The eyeball (globe of the eye) was repaired during the operation,” Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa manager, said.

“The long-term prognosis at this stage remains unknown. He is definitely out of the series and will return home as soon as able to travel. The selectors will announce a replacement shortly.”†

Spain not football’s best

BRASILIA – Brazilian soccer icon Zico has hailed the South American country’s World Cup-winning team of 1958 as the best in the sport’s history, ahead of the reigning world and European champions Spain.

After a thumping 4-0 victory over Italy in the final of Euro 2012 last weekend, Spain became the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments – following on from triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship of 2008. The team has been touted as the best ever.

But former “selecao” star Zico, currently coach of the Iraq national team, selected the Brazil team which lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in Sweden 54 years ago as the finest in football history.

“Quite simply because it had, in my opinion, the best players in the world. Pele and Garrincha. They scored a bag full of goals and put in a show in almost every game.”

Pele rose to prominence as a 17-year-old at the 1958 tournament, scoring six goals including a brace in Brazil’s 5-2 defeat of hosts Sweden in the final.

Garrincha was a tricky winger who not only won the World Cup in 1958, but starred as Brazil retained the trophy in Chile four years later. His four goals made him joint top goal-scorer alongside teammate Vava.††

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