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Judge: Gatlin Should Be Allowed to Run at Olympic Trials

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Florida federal judge says barred sprinter Justin Gatlin should be allowed to compete at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier's temporary restraining order is only in effect for 10 days, and the trials don't begin until June 27 in Eugene, Ore.

Gatlin's attorney, Joe Zarzaur, says his client is "guardedly, cautiously optimistic."

A Monday hearing in Pensacola has been set to discuss the order.

"We respect and will participate in the process," USA Track and Field spokeswoman Jill Geer said. "Our general counsel [ Lamont] Jones will be in Florida on Monday to be part of the hearing."

Gatlin's complaint alleged that penalizing him for a 2001 doping violation, which involved medication he was taking for attention deficit disorder, violates the Americans with Disability Act.

Two weeks ago, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a four-year doping ban against the reigning Olympic 100-meter gold medalist. Gatlin asked CAS to rescind the 2001 doping violation -- his first of two -- which he had hoped would reduce his penalty to a two-year ban, allowing him to compete at trials.

ยท PRO FOOTBALL: The Washington Redskins have signed sixth-round draft pick Kareem Moore and released cornerback John Eubanks.

Moore was a standout safety at Nicholls State. He had arthroscopic knee surgery a few days after he was drafted in April and was not able to take part in any offseason practices. He also is expected to miss part of training camp, which begins July 20.

Eubanks played in six season games, primarily on special teams, with the Redskins last year. . . .

A foreclosure sale has been published involving the home of former Tennessee Titan Adam"Pacman" Jones.

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