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US baseball player gets 100-game ban

»Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has been suspended 100 games after a second positive doping test, Major League Baseball (MLB) said.

The league said Alfonzo tested positive for a performance enhancing substance in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Alfonzo, who was also banned 50 games in 2008 after a positive test while with the San Francisco Giants, is effective immediately.

The 32-year-old Venezuelan signed a minor league contract in January with Colorado, his fourth team in six years.

Alfonzo, who last played for the Rockies on Tuesday, was batting .267 with one home run and nine RBIs in 25 games this season.

Bittersweet visit to Chelsea for Ballack
»Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack cheered when his team were drawn with his former club Chelsea in Group E of the Champions League this season.

His return to Stamford Bridge last Tuesday, however, left the former Germany captain with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Ballack, who will be 35 later this month and had spent four seasons at Chelsea, winning three FA Cups and a league title, was honoured by the London club prior to the game.
But that was the last bit of good news he would have for the evening, missing a huge chance for the lead in the 57th minute and being taken off a little later, 37 seconds before his team conceded the first goal. They went on to lose 2-0.

"I keep thinking about that missed chance because had I scored it could have been completely different for us," the midfielder said. "Unfortunately it did not go in and nothing can change that."

Makau sets Berlin date with Gebrselassie
»Last year's winner Patrick Makau of Kenya will run this month's Berlin marathon, setting up a mouth-watering showdown with world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, organisers said.

Makau, who ran the fastest marathon in 2010, said he expected Ethiopian Gebrselassie, who has twice broken the world record in Berlin, to be extremely fast in the September 25 race as both athletes seek to qualify for next year's London Olympics.

"I trust he will again be very quick here but I will try to focus on my own race," said the 26-year-old, who last year clocked a time of two hours five minutes and eight seconds to win in the German capital. "If towards the end we are still together then the strongest one will win," he said.

The 38-year-old Gebrselassie won the Berlin race, a flat inner-city course, four times in a row from 2006 to 2009, setting two world records in 2007 and again in 2008 with a time of two hours three minutes 59 seconds.

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