Guillermo Canas, No. 10 in the current rankings, was suspended for two years by the ATP yesterday after testing positive for a banned substance that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.
Canas failed a doping test at a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, on Feb. 21. He was told in May, and his appeal was heard by an independent tribunal July 20-21. It was turned down, and he won't be eligible to compete on tour until June 2007.
Canas said he had taken medicine for a sore throat and flu symptoms in Acapulco.
He tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, also known as HCT, a diuretic that can be used to treat hypertension.
* COURTS: Brian Brownlee and Woodly Telfort, two ex-South Carolina football players facing charges for stealing computers from Williams-Brice Stadium last November, claim in court documents that Coach Steve Spurrier told the team no one would face criminal charges if the items were returned.
Brownlee and Telfort both were charged with felony grand larceny last January. Brownlee confessed to taking two laptop computers and two computer projectors, according to an arrest warrant. Telfort admitted taking a laptop from the stadium, according to an arrest warrant.
The players' cases are scheduled to go to trial Aug. 29.
* COLLEGES: Florida A&M was cited for a lack of institutional control after an NCAA investigation found rampant violations regarding student-athlete eligibility and a failure by former football coach Billy Joe to adequately monitor his program.
The allegations listed 184 instances between 1998-99 and 2004-05 in which students throughout the athletic program were allowed to participate without meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.
* HORSE RACING: Trainer Nick Zito was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Zito won the Kentucky Derby with Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go for Gin in 1994, and won the 1996 Preakness with Louis Quatorze and the 2004 Belmont Stakes with Birdstone.
Three steeplechase standouts, jockey Thomas Walsh, trainer Sidney Watters Jr. and five-time champion Lonesome Glory, also were inducted.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Centreville offensive lineman Beau Warren, who will be a senior this fall, has committed to play football for Virginia Tech. Warren's brothers are linebackers for the Hokies -- Blake Warren will be a senior and Brett Warren will be a sophomore this fall. Their father is former Redskins tight end Don Warren.
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