Tennis Hingis tested positive for cocaine: Switzerland's Martina Hingis, who retired in November, was banned for two years by the International...
Hingis tested positive for cocaine: Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, who retired in November, was banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation on Friday when it was announced she was found guilty of testing positive for cocaine in late June in Wimbledon, England.
A three-person tribunal rejected Hingis’ defense, calling it “a simple and straightforward case.” Her manager, Mario Widmer, said she won’t appeal.
Hingis, 27, won five singles titles at Grand Slam tournaments. The failed drug test after Hingis’ loss to Laura Granville on June 29 at Wimbledon came to light Nov. 1.
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The suspension runs from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2009, and Hingis’ results at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and three smaller tournaments last year were wiped out, meaning she must forfeit $129,481 in prize money.
U.S. wins fifth Hopman Cup title: Serena Williams and Mardy Fish beat Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in mixed doubles to give the United States its fifth title in the eight-nation Hopman Cup mixed-team tournament in Perth, Australia.
Davenport triumphs: Lindsay Davenport of Laguna Beach, Calif., won her third title in four events since returning to play after the birth of her first child, beating France’s Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-2 in the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
Nadal to meet Moya in semis: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in the Chennai Open in India to set up a semifinal match against two-time champion Carlos Moya of Spain.
Sharapova to play Venus Williams in Hong Kong: Maria Sharapova beat Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final of the JB Group Classic exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. Sharapova will face American Venus Williams, who beat Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
Li defeats Azarenka: China’s Li Na, returning from a six-month layoff because of a rib injury, beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Australian women’s hardcourt championships in Gold Coast.
Li, 25, has won two WTA Tour events.
Canada beats U.S. in semifinal: Three-time defending champion Canada beat the United States 4-1 and will face Sweden in today’s final of the world junior championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Sweden defeated Russia 2-1 in the first semifinal.
Beasley injury report: DaMarcus Beasley, who is recovering from a knee injury, won’t be back on the field until at least the spring.
U.S. team officials said they aren’t sure whether the midfielder, a member of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams, will be available when the team starts World Cup qualifying in June.
Track and field
Judge considers punishing Jones twice: Judge Kenneth Karas, who will sentence ex-Olympic champion Marion Jones, is considering punishing her twice — once for lying about her steroid use and once for lying about her role in a check-fraud scheme.
Karas indicated he might go beyond the six-month maximum prison term suggested in Jones’ plea deal, saying he “is not bound by that agreement.” The sentencing is to be Friday in White Plains, N.Y.
London event canceled: The World Cup triathlon scheduled for London’s Hyde Park in September was canceled, partly because organizers couldn’t get sponsors in time.
Curlin heads finalists: Curlin, who won the Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic, is among the 2007 Eclipse Award finalists in the 3-year-old male category.
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Derby runner-up Hard Spun are the other finalists for champion 3-year-old male. Curlin is favored to be named North America’s 2007 Horse of the Year at the Jan. 21 Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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