Fagan banned for two years
ATHLETICS: Irish marathon runner Martin Fagan has received a two-year ban from his sport.
The Irish Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel last night confirmed that Fagan, 28, tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) in a sample collected on behalf of the Irish Sports Council during a test in Arizona on December 10.
Fagan's decision to confess to the offence was looked upon favourably, and the Sports Council and Athletics Ireland jointly said: "Because of the prompt admission of the violation by Mr Fagan, the appropriate commencement for the period of ineligibility is December 10, 2011, the date the sample was collected".
That means Fagan will be eligible to compete in athletics again on December 11, 2013.
Khan drops his appeal with IBF
BOXING: Amir Khan has dropped his appeal with the International Boxing Federation as the Briton seeks a rematch to avenge his defeat by Lamont Peterson last month, his US promoters said.
Golden Boy Promotions attributed the late withdrawal, barely 24 hours before the scheduled hearing, to the fact that "there was only to be partial representation of fight officials involved with the December 10, 2011 bout...".
CRICKET: England endured a tough first hour on day two of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
The world's number one Test team needed to play catch-up quickly after being bowled out for only 192 yesterday as Pakistan, 42-0 overnight, moved to 288-7 by the close.
CYCLING: Unheralded Australian William Clarke won the second stage of cycling's Tour Down Under today, defying the peleton in one of the boldest individual breakaways in the history of the World Tour event.
Clarke, 26, led on his own for half of the 148km (92 mile) stage from Lobethal to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills and was able to hold off the peleton by more than a minute at the finish.
BMC Racing's Martin Kohler is the new overall leader.
NBA: Cleveland 95 Golden State 105, Orlando 96 Charlotte 89, Milwaukee 95 Denver 105, Chicago 118 Phoenix 97, Houston 97 Detroit 80, Utah 108 LA Clippers 79, Miami 120 San Antonio 98.