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Published:Tuesday | August 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Banned for life

SAO PAULO (AP):The International Paralympic Committee has banned a Brazilian powerlifter for life after he failed a second doping test.

The committee says 40-year-old Emerson Barbosa failed an out-of-competition blood and urine test on April 4 ahead of the World Championships in Dubai. It said he tested positive for a banned type of anabolic steroid. The committee said yesterday that all of Barbosa's results after the test have been stripped and that he will have to forfeit any medals, points, records and prizes from those competitions.

He was also fined €1,500 for his second violation in five years. Barbosa's first violation happened in 2009, when he also tested positive for an anabolic steroid. He was given a two-year suspension at the time.


Zimbabwe recalls player who set fire to cricket HQ

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):Zimbabwe recalled batsman Mark Vermeulen to its cricket squad yesterday, six years after he was cleared of arson on psychiatric grounds after setting fire to the national union's headquarters and an academy building. Vermeulen was cleared in a court in 2008 despite admitting setting fire two years earlier to the union offices at the Harare Sports Club Test venue and an academy pavilion at another location. He successfully argued that at the time he set the fires at the two buildings he was suffering from problems related to epilepsy caused by being hit on the head by a ball during a game.