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1,406 Drug Tests, Zero Violations by NHL Players

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

All drug tests given to NHL players were clean during the first season of the league's anti-doping program, adopted last year in the labor agreement that ended the year-long lockout.

"I suppose it's safe to say that the results confirmed what we knew already, which is the use of performance-enhancing drugs is not prevalent in our sport," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday in an e-mail.

There were 1,406 tests conducted in the program, which began in January. Daly said he was informed of the results two weeks ago. The findings were first reported by the Canadian Press.

· OLYMPICS: Beijing sought to shield the 2008 Olympics from an unfolding corruption scandal, quietly reviewing Olympic projects while issuing public reassurances that a disgraced vice mayor's misdeeds will not affect the Games.

Officials with the city government and the committee organizing the Olympics went into damage control following Sunday's abrupt dismissal of Vice Mayor Liu Zhihua on unspecified corruption charges. In public statements and calls to the International Olympic Committee, the Beijing committee said Liu was not a member of the organizing committee.

Liu oversaw a city government office in charge of monitoring all Olympic construction, an official in the office said on condition of anonymity.

· TENNIS: Andre Agassi played his first match in more than three months, and it showed.

The 36-year-old Agassi lost, 6-4, 6-4, to Tim Henman in the first round of the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club in London, a tuneup for Wimbledon. . . .

Roger Federer strengthened his hold on the No. 1 ranking despite losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, while women's champion Justine Henin-Hardenne moved up two spots to No. 3 on the WTA Tour.

Federer picked up extra points because he fared better this year than last at Roland Garros, when he lost to Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal won the title both years.

Amelie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters stayed at Nos. 1 and 2 on the women's side.

· AUTO RACING: NASCAR champion Tony Stewart said his broken right shoulder blade felt fine, a day after he completed all 500 miles and finished third at Pocono Raceway.

· PRO FOOTBALL: Green Bay Packers President John Jones underwent open-heart surgery and was in stable condition.

· SOCCER: Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane retired because of a nagging hip injury that plagued him the past year.

-- From News Services


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