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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The head of Jamaican track and field said Saturday that one of the sprinting powerhouse's athletes has failed a doping test and officials are awaiting the result of the backup sample.

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Warren Blake told The Associated Press he wouldn't disclose a name until the B sample result was known.

"We have not been informed of any positive B test so I am not in a position to confirm the athlete's name," Blake said in the island's capital of Kingston.

Blake, who managed the Jamaican association's anti-doping efforts before becoming president, said he expects the association to provide more information in a few days.

The positive test was apparently returned at the Jamaica Invitational in May. The competition at the island's national stadium was part of the International Association of Athletics Federations' World Challenge events.

Jamaican sprinters had a banner run at the London Olympics, winning a record haul of 12 medals, surpassing the 11 they won in Beijing in 2008. The island's talent-deep team was led by Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man.


Canadian men out-volley South Korea


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Canada's men's volleyball team completed a two-game sweep of South Korea with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 victory Saturday.

The victory came one day after Canada downed South Korea in three sets.

Canada improved to 4-2 and moved atop Group C in the World League standings, three points clear of Finland and the Netherlands.

"Our goal is to be number one in our pool and to do that we need to have weekends where we get two wins in a row," said Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., who was Canada's top scorer with 16 points.

"It's really tight in the standings and it is huge for us to get these wins."

Canada now heads to Finland for two matches before finishing the preliminary round with two matches in Japan.


Rays pitcher takes line drive in head


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A scary moment involving Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb overshadowed the Rays victory.

Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of the Rays' 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.

Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion. Cobb was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he will spent the night.

Cobb tweeted Saturday night: "Can't thank everyone enough for the prayers. Was the only way for me to make it out of there ok. Look forward to getting back out there."

He put a hand on his head after being struck. Trainers from both teams and other medical staff immediately ran onto the field. Cobb could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound.

The team said Cobb remained conscious the whole time. Players on both teams had hands on their heads as a stunned silence overtook Tropicana Field after the crowd gasped when Cobb was struck. Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and Dr. Michael Reilly went with Cobb to the hospital.


Brazilians protest soccer costs


BRASILIA, Brazil -- Hundreds of protesters complaining against the high cost of staging the World Cup rallied in front of the National Stadium in Brasilia just hours before Brazil beat Japan 3-0 in the opening match of the Confederations Cup.

Riot police were called up to keep demonstrators from getting too close to the stadium as thousands of fans arrived for the inaugural match in the nation's capital on Saturday.

There was no confrontation, but a few tear gas bombs were thrown by the police to try to control the protesters as they moved near the venue.

Nearly 500 protesters participated in the demonstration, shouting against the local government and carrying banners saying that too much money was being spent on the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup while the majority of the population continued to struggle.

"We are demanding more respect to the population," said 21-year-old Vinicius de Assis, one of the protesters. "They are building these overpriced stadiums and are not worrying about the situation of their own people."

The demonstrators also shouted against FIFA, saying that football's governing body doesn't have the right to make demands on the Brazilian government. Ö


-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 16, 2013 B13

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