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AIGLE---Olympic bronze medalist
and three-time world time trial
champion Michael Rogers of Australia
has tested positive for clenbuterol
after racing in China.
The International Cycling Union said
yesterday that Rogers is provisionally
suspended while his national
federation investigates the case.
Rogers tested positive for
clenbuterol, which helps build muscle
and burn fat, at the Japan Cup on
The previous week Rogers rode to
an 11th-place finish at the five-day
Tour of Beijing. Widespread use of
clenbuterol in livestock farming in
China and Mexico has made those
countries a well-known risk for
athletes as it is easier to ingest the
Rogers told his employer, Team
Saxo-Tinkoff, that "he never ingested
the substance knowingly nor
deliberately and fears that the adverse
analytical finding origins from a
contaminated food source," the team
said in a statement. (AP)
There have been times in Mitchell John-
son s past as an erratic Ashes bowler when
his emotions might have got the better of
him, but not like they did on the final day
at the WACA.
Johnson was on the verge of tears as he
shook the hands of England s batsmen and
umpires in the moments immediately following
his Ashes-sealing wicket of James Anderson.
It was a cathartic day for several Australians,
none more so than Johnson.
The subject of Barmy Army taunts in pre-
vious Ashes campaigns, Johnson had always
struggled to live up to expectations against
England, remembered more for his wayward
spells than his challenging ones. But at 32,
now a husband and father with a greater per-
spective on life and cricket, Johnson entered
this series in a different state of mind. He has
been, without question, Australia s most influ-
ential player in the series.
It is not just the wickets, although his tally
of 23 at 15.47 and a strike-rate of a wicket
every 33 balls is remarkable. It has been his
pace, accuracy and consistency that has trou-
bled England over the first three Tests. If Eng-
land were metaphorically on the back foot
coming to Perth, it was largely because Johnson
had literally forced them on to the back foot
in the first two Tests. It was fitting that he
took the wicket that confirmed the triumph.
It might easily have ended differently for
Johnson, for one of the ugliest sights of the
whole series came on the final day at the
WACA when Johnson tried to do the team
thing and cut off a boundary at deep square
leg. His awkward slide was vividly reminiscent
of Simon Jones slide at the Gabba in 2002-
03, which resulted in a ruptured cruciate lig-
ament. Johnson s right knee jolted with such
force in the WACA turf that viewers turned
away from replays.
Johnson was fortunate that a dirty set of
whites was the worst that resulted of it and
after a few stretches he returned to the top
of his mark to bowl the next over. After a
change of trousers at the lunch break, Johnson
was back on the field to wrap up Australia s
"I think Mitch has known his role from the
start of this series," Michael Clarke, the captain,
said. "He s known what I ve expected of him
in this team at the moment with other bowlers
around him. And credit to the other guys,
because I think they ve played a big part to
allow Mitch to bowl the way he has bowled.
"But this game was a really good example.
Mitch s pace probably wasn t as high as it
was in the first two Test matches, but he exe-
cuted with skill, and he s got natural variation.
You saw there he got a wicket with the slower
ball as well. He was able to bowl good areas.
That s the class of Mitchell Johnson. Through
his career he s been used in different situations.
He s bowled long spells. He s opened the bowl-
ing. He s bowled first change. He can do all
"It s just about what is best for the team.
It s just another example of players putting
the team first. He s been happy to bowl in
short spells and maximise his pace, and then
throughout this Test match at times he s had
to bowl longer spells and be more consistent,
and he s able to do that, which is very pleas-
Johnson finished with match figures of 6
for 140 at the WACA to give him 23 for the
series. England s two main strike bowlers,
Anderson and Stuart Broad, haven t even
taken that many between them. England s
captain, Alastair Cook, said his men had always
known that Johnson could provide a serious
threat when in form, but they had been sur-
prised by his control and lack of loose balls
this time around.
"We ve known that when Mitch gets it
right, he s a very good bowler," Cook said.
"Even when he was having that tough series
in 2010-11, when he got it right here in Perth
he [proved he] was a tough bowler to face.
He bowls quickly and swings it, and that s a
pretty good combination. 230-odd wickets
suggests he s done it for a fair period of time.
When he gets it right he s dangerous.
"It hasn t surprised that he s taken wickets,
but I think it s surprised us the control he s
had. He s managed to improve his control a
lot since the last time we saw him." (ESPN-
Johnson comes full
circle with Ashes win
Mitchell Johnson leads the Australians off after taking 7 for 40 against England on the third day of the second Test, Adelaide, on December 7.
Kapil Dev, the former India captain, will
receive the BCCI s CK Nayudu Lifetime
Achievement Award for 2013, marking a full
return to the official fold after several years
out in the cold.
He will become the 21st recipient of the
award, which was first conferred on Lala Amar-
nath in 1994.
Kapil s India career spanned 16 years between
1978 and 1994, and included 131 Tests and 225
ODIs. While his high point was leading India
to their first World Cup win in 1983, he notched
up several other records. He was the first crick-
eter to complete the double of 5,000 runs and
400 wickets in Tests, and his final Test-wicket
tally of 434 remained a world record for years.
Following his retirement, Kapil coached the
Indian team in 1999-00 and was chairman of
the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in
Kapil, however, was involved in a long and
bitter battle with the BCCI that began in 2007
with the birth of the now defunct ICL in the
aftermath of India s disastrous show in the
World Cup in West Indies. The ICL, which
preempted BCCI s IPL, was soon declared
unofficial and unlawful, and the players asso-
ciated with it barred from taking part in any
cricket locally and, eventually, globally. Kapil,
the head of the ICL, was sacked from his posi-
tion as the NCA chairman and there followed
a series of events, court cases and failed nego-
tiations that led to the ICL s closure.
Kapil spent the next five years on the margins
of the game as a television talking head and
newspaper columnist. However, he held centre
stage at the official silver jubilee celebration
of India s 1983 World Cup win and, two years
later, was inducted into the ICC s Hall of Fame.
In April 2008 the BCCI announced an
amnesty scheme for all involved with the ICL,
with a May 31 deadline to cut off all ties with
the rebel league. In June 2009, it announced
an amnesty for 79 players, 11 former players
and 11 officials. Kapil Dev was left out of that
list.In May 2012, the BCCI announced a one-
time benefit payment for former national and
domestic cricketers but added that Kapil was
not eligible because of his association with the
ICL. "Not all cricketers are answerable to the
board," Kapil had said after his name was
excluded from the list.
However, once Kapil cut off his ties with
the ICL in July 2012, he was welcomed back
into the BCCI fold and became eligible for the
Rs 1.5 crore (approximately $242,000) benefit.
"The BCCI is like a parent and we are like its
children," Kapil had said then. "I have con-
tributed to the welfare of cricket and cricketers
during my earlier association [with the BCCI]
and aim to do so even now."
Kapil to get
Olympic medalist Michael Rogers tests positive
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