Brazilian volleyballer suspended for doping
SAO PAULO (AP):
Brazil's sports tribunal has suspended volleyball national team player Natalia for 60 days for failing a doping test. Natalia allegedly tested positive for high levels of the banned substance prednisolone during a national league match in March. The substance is usually found in asthma medicine.
The Brazil outside hitter had been initially cleared in July, but the tribunal found her guilty on appeal on Tuesday, saying there were irregularities in the first trial.
"I know that I've done nothing wrong," Natalia said. "Hopefully, one day we can find out what happened to prompt this positive test."
Former Iceland int'l can play for US
Aron Johannsson is eligible to play for the United States after FIFA approved his request to switch national teams. Johannsson was born in Mobile, Alabama, but moved to his parents' native Iceland when he was three years old. Because he played for Iceland at the Under-21 level, appearing in eight qualifiers for the 2012 UEFA Under-21 Championship, he needed FIFA's approval to switch national teams.
Johannsson says he didn't expect to be eligible when he was called into this week's training camp, and is "super happy" the switch was approved. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann says there's a chance the forward, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in The Netherlands, could get his US debut in Tuesday night's game in Sarajevo.
Suarez expects to stay at Liverpool
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP):
Luis Suarez is suggesting that he expects to stay at Liverpool, which is refusing to let him move to English rivals Arsenal. Speaking to the Uruguayan newspaper El Observador from Tokyo, where the Uruguayans were preparing to play a friendly match against Japan, Suarez indicated he would remain in northwest England.
Suarez told the newspaper: "For now, because of all the affection of the people, I would be staying."
heart of speculation
Suarez has been at the heart of transfer speculation over the English summer. He scored 30 times last season for Liverpool, but has indicated that he wants to move to a club competing in the Champions League.