February 6, 2012
Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

CAS Gives Contador Two-Year Ban

Rider stripped of '10 Tour de France title

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday banned Alberto Contador from professional cycling for two years and stripped him of his 2010 Tour de France title. Contador tested positive for the steroid clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, and, the court found, failed to provide sufficient evidence that the drug entered his system from tainted beef. "Unlike certain other countries," the court ruled, "Spain is not known to have a contamination problem with clenbuterol in meat." The Spanish cycling federation had cleared Contador in early 2011, a decision that the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union appealed to the CAS. The case faced numerous delays and was clouded by accusations in January that the three-man CAS panel was not impartial. The ban was backdated to August 2010 and will expire in August, after the London Olympic Games. Contador will be stripped of all competitive results since January 2011, including his 2011 Giro d'Italia title. Luxembourg's Andy Schleck will become the 2010 Tour de France champion

Read more at the Associated Press



An iguana in Curacao.     Photo: queulat00/Flickr

Puerto Rico to Export Iguana Meat

Iguana population out of control

Officials in Puerto Rico have announced a plan to control an out-of-control population of iguanas on the island: kill the lizards and export the meat to the United States. Although iguanas are endangered in many Latin American countries, they are non-native to Puerto Rico and outnumber people. They are blamed causing infrastructure problems as they burrow under buildings and overrun airport runways. The government plans to sell the iguana meat, which can fetch $6 per pound, to the U.S. The Department of Natural Resources hopes to finalize the plan by May.

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K2     Photo: reurinkjan/Flickr

Russians Abandon K2 After Climber Dies

Moro, Urubko also wating on Nanga Parbat

A Russian team has abandoned plans to become the first team ever attempt to ascend K2 in winter after one of its members died in base camp on Monday. Climber Vitaly Gorelik had sustained severe frostbite on his hands two weeks ago while fixing ropes high on the mountain. He was waiting to be evacuated by helicopter when he suffered a heart attack. High avalanche danger has also forced alpinists Simone Moro and Denis Urubko to put their planned summit attempt of Nanga Parbat on hold.

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn     Photo: (c) 2010 U.S. Ski Team

Lindsey Vonn Takes 50th World Cup Win

Julia Mancuso wins super-G

On Saturday, Linsey Vonn notched her 50th-career World Cup victory with a win in downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Vonn, 27, edged Nadja Kamer of Switzerland by .41 seconds and extended her lead in overall world cup standings. Vonn is now one of only six skiers in history, male or female, to have won 50 World Cup races. "Alberto Tomba has 50 ski wins, and he is one of the best skiers of all time. I don't see myself in that way, but to know that I have accomplished so much to this point is amazing," she said. On Sunday, fellow U.S. skier Julia Mancuso took her first victory of the season in super-G. It was the first time since 2006 that two different American women have won consecutive World Cup races. Vonn and Mancuso were also the last pair.

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