UEFA dismisses doping suspicions
UEFA has dismissed the notion that drug use may be common among top footballers after a study it commissioned showed a high number of suspicious testosterone levels.
The study, which was published in a monthly science journal this month, said high testosterone levels were found in urine samples of 7.7 per cent of the 879 players tested by researchers. Those levels could indicate the use of anabolic steroids.
UEFA never publicised the research, which came to light Sunday in a report by German broadcaster ARD, but announced this month that steroid use by players was being added to its biological passport programme this season.
"The study simply shows that the introduction of steroidal biological passport in football would be beneficial by offering further analysis possibilities in case of atypical test results," UEFA said. "UEFA has had a very thorough anti-doping programme for many years with over 2,000 tests a year and only two occurrence of positive tests, both for recreational drugs, which proves that doping in football is extremely rare."
Petrojam top GraceKennedy in shoot-out
Petrojam are this season's champions of the Western Sports-sponsored Kingston and St Andrew Business House football Division One competition.
Last Saturday Petrojam beat GraceKennedy 3-2 on penalties in the final. The teams had played to a 1-1 scoreline after extra time. Jarron Richards had given GraceKennedy a 74th minute lead but this was cancelled out by Petrojam's Adrian Coley in the 83rd.
It was Petrojam's fifth Division One title in six years.
In Division Two Peak Bottling blanked Sagicor 2-0. The goalscorers were Maurice Ricketts (41st) and Andrew Morrison (77th). First time entrants Peak Bottling and Sagicor Group are now promoted to Division One after ending the season undefeated.
US women rout Haiti 8-0
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, (AP):
Carli Lloyd is still delivering hat-tricks, just on smaller stages than the World Cup final.
Lloyd had her second straight three-goal game to lead the United States to an 8-0 victory over Haiti yesterday in a friendly.
Lloyd scored all three goals in the first half for her fifth hat-trick and second in three days, then sat out the second half.
Lloyd has 14 goals in her last eight matches as the Americans continue their Women's World Cup victory tour that so far has been a series of routs.