November 23, 2011

Ivan Basso     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

7 in Puerto Doping Case to Stand Trial

Doctors, manager could face 2 years in jail

Seven people arrested in conjunction with the 2006 Operation Puerto doping scandal are likely to face charges in a Spanish court over claims that they helped cyclists blood dope. The seven include Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, a medical doctor who has advised dozens of professional cyclists, and former Pro Tour team manager Manolo Saiz. Operation Puerto, a years-long investigation into doping in professional cycling and other sports, resulted in a ban for cyclist Ivan Basso and implicated many of the sports most prominent riders, including Tyler Hamilton, Jan Ullrich, Alexandre Valverde, and Alberto Contador. Contador is this week defending himself against a 2010 positive test for the banned steroid clenbuterol.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Puma sailboat     Photo: Briles Takes Pictures/Flickr

Puma Boat Breaks Mast in Volvo Race

Mishap is latest in race's first leg

A third boat in the Volvo Ocean Race is facing a potentially devastating setback only weeks after the around-the-world event began in Spain. The Puma boat, captained by American Ken Read, broke its mast in three places on Monday some 2,000 miles from the ship's destination in Cape Town, South Africa. Teams from Abu Dhabi and China have already been forced to take a points penalty and ship their vessels to South Africa. The Puma team took a fuel resupply on Wednesday that will allow it to reach shore. They must arrive in Cape Town by December 10 or face withdraw from the race.

Read more at AFP

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University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit     Photo: mira66/Flickr

New Climategate Emails Released

Documents appear before Durban talks

The hacker behind the 2009 release of emails between climate researchers has made public another batch one week before this year’s greenhouse gas negotiations in Durban, South Africa. The emails, stolen from the University of East Anglia, purport to show scientists conspiring to misrepresent the intensity of climate change. An investigation into the 2009 emails found no instances of scientific misconduct.

Read more at The New York Times

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K2     Photo: sjorford/flickr

Russians Will Tackle K2 This Winter

Mountain has never seen winter ascent

A team of highly experienced Russian mountaineers is planning to become the first climbers ever to summit K2 in winter. The 16-man team will be led by Russian Viktor Kozlov. Known for groundbreaking climbs, Kozlov made the first ascent of K2's Western face in 2007. With a one-in-four fatality rate, K2 is the second deadliest mountain in the world. All previous winter summit attempts have ended in failure.

Read more at Explorers Web

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