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NEW YORK---Real Madrid tops
Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports
teams, with Manchester United and
Barcelona holding the next two spots.
Forbes says Real Madrid is worth
$3.3 billion. The Spanish power moved
up a spot from No 2 last year.
Man United, which was No 1 last
year, is worth $3.17 billion. Barcelona,
Real Madrid's fierce rival and Spanish
League champions last season, is
worth $2.6 billion.
The New York Yankees are fourth
with a value of $2.3 billion and the
Dallas Cowboys are fifth at $2.1 billion.
Thirty of the 32 NFL teams made
the list (http://onforb.es/15HuUAm ),
along with seven baseball teams and
seven football teams.
Real Madrid tops Forbes' most valuable teams list
LONDON---International officials are looking
at the bright side of the latest doping scandals
to jolt track and field.
The positive tests that nabbed top-name
sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone
Simpson are disappointing but also proof that
global drug-testing efforts are working, the
IOC and IAAF said yesterday.
The cases, which were disclosed Sunday,
come less than a month before the World
Championships in Moscow and cast another
drug shadow over what is considered the mar-
quee sport of the Olympics.
"I am naturally disappointed, and I would
like to reiterate our zero-tolerance policy against
doping," IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
"Clearly, the fight against doping can never
be totally won, but these cases do once again
show the effectiveness of the strong, sophis-
ticated and continually evolving battle against
doping in sport being waged by the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee and its partners
in the Olympic Movement."
Gay, the American-record holder in the 100
and the fastest man at the distance this year,
said he tested positive for a banned substance
in an out-of-competition doping control on
May 16. He hasn t identified the substance
and is awaiting the testing of his backup "B"
Powell, the former world-record holder in
the 100 and second-fastest man this year,
tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at
Jamaica s national championships last month.
Jamaican team-mate Simpson, a three-time
Olympic medalist, tested positive for the same
Yesterday, Adidas suspended its sponsorship
of Gay, who has endorsed the German shoe
and sports manufacturer since 2005. The com-
pany invoked a clause in Gay s contract relating
"We are shocked by these recent allegations,
and even if we presume his innocence until
proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is
currently suspended," Adidas said in a state-
Also yesterday, Italian police confiscated
unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel
where Powell and Simpson were staying.
Rooms of the athletes and physical trainer
Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched
and drugs and supplements were seized, Udine
police captain Antonio Pisapia said.
Pisapia said it was unclear if the substances
were illegal, and that they were being analysed.
"We are examining the substances now,"
Pisapia said. "No arrests have been made and
nobody has been placed under investigation."
The raid took place at the Fra i Pini hotel
in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy.
In recent years, the IOC and International
Association of Athletics Federations have
focused on increased out-of-competition test-
ing and storage of samples for retesting and
retroactive sanctions. The IAAF and some
other sports now use the blood passport sys-
tem, which monitors an athlete s biological
profile over time for signs of cheating.
The news about Gay, Powell and Simpson
came a month after another top sprinter---
Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Veronica
Campbell-Brown---tested positive for a banned
"While not perfect, the methods are ever
improving, with blood passports and the ability
to test athletes 24/7 in and out of competition
proving to be effective in catching cheats and
acting as deterrents," Rogge said. "We also
keep samples for eight years now so that
improvements in testing can catch cheats long
after the games are over."
IOC vice president Thomas Bach, who leads
the committee s investigations into Olympic
doping cases, said the latest news is "disap-
pointing and encouraging at the same time."
"Should all the information be confirmed
at the end of the day it would be a great dis-
appointment that some athletes obviously
haven t yet understood that there is zero tol-
erance in the fight against doping," the German
said. "Catching the cheats is important but
only a means to the end of protecting the
"At the same time Sunday s news is encour-
aging because it proves that the system of
testing is working and no cheat is on the safe
side. The fight against doping takes time and
will never be ending but we are fighting it
with all the necessary consequences."
The IAAF, which carries out more tests than
any other international federation, also sought
to emphasise the positive from the latest body
blow to the sport.
"The IAAF s commitment to anti-doping
in athletics is unwavering because we have
an ethical obligation to the majority of athletes
who believe in clean sport," IAAF spokesman
Nick Davies said. "It is for them that we have
built a programme that is well resourced, far
reaching and sophisticated.
"The fact that we are able to detect and
remove from the sport athletes who have
breached our anti-doping rules should be seen
in this context. The credibility of our anti-
doping program, and the sport of athletics, is
enhanced, not diminished, each time we are
able to uncover a new case and we have the
committed support of every athlete, coach or
official who believes in clean sport."
The spate of high-profile drug cases has
again focused attention on the issue of doping
A two-year ban is the standard penalty for
a first serious offence, though the punishment
can be lighter for stimulants and in cases
where athletes can prove there was no intention
to enhance performance.
Under the proposed new World Anti-Doping
Code, the standard penalty will be doubled
to four years, still short of the automatic life-
time ban espoused by some officials. (AP)
IOC, IAAF put...
Tyson Gay, left, of the United States and Asafa Powell from Jamaica compete in men's 100 metres during an IAAF World Athletics Final at
Thessaloniki's Kaftanzoglio stadium, Greece in 2009. Former 100-metre world-record holder Powell and Jamaican team-mate Sherone Simpson
have each tested positive for banned stimulants, according to their agent. Adidas yesterday suspended its sponsorship of Gay after the
American sprinter returned a positive doping test. AP PHOTO
Positive spin to new doping cases
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