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Medal hope suspended.

Athletics: Commonwealth 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has claimed changes to her training schedule led to her missing three out-of-competition drugs tests. UK Athletics announced the 22-year-old had been provisionally suspended for missing the three tests in the last 18 months. But Ohuruogu, one of Britain's best medal hopes said: "I am fortunate enough to be considered one of Britain's elite athletes and I take this responsibility very seriously. One of these is to adhere to the regulations imposed on competing athletes, including (the rule) to make my whereabouts known for one hour every day, 365 days a year. Due to changes in my training schedule I was unable to fulfil this obligation on three occasions, hence, my current suspension. What I want to do at this stage is to apologise for the distress and concern I have caused the people closest to me and UK Athletics."

Troy's in charge

SUPERBIKES: World Superbike championship chaser Troy Bayliss won the first race and finished runner-up in the second at Brands Hatch yesterday. He had enjoyed a 73-point advantage over closest rival Noriyuki Haga before the races and his 45-point haul boosted his lead to 77 points. Britain's James Toseland is third a further 11 points back. Bayliss had claimed victory in the first race ahead of Toseland, who brought home his Winston Ten Kate Honda Fireblade in second place, with Haga, riding the Motor Italia Yamaha, third.

Harrison to fight

BOXING: Scott Harrison's comeback fight looks likely to be against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez after the Mexican became interim WBO featherweight champion in Nevada. Marquez has been in line to challenge the Scot for some time but strengthened his position by beating Thailand's Terdsak Jandaeng with a seventh-round stoppage. Harrison has not fought this year as he battles an alcohol addiction and depression out of the ring. The 28-year-old from Cambuslang has started training behind closed doors in Belfast in a bid to revive his career after he pulled out of his title defence against Gairy St Clair in Belfast on May 20.

Changes afoot

RUGBY UNION: Changes could be made to Durham Rugby's Senior Cup competition after Blaydon were awarded last year's prize by default following Westoe's withdrawl from a start-of-season replay. When officials meet later this month to make the draw for this year's cup, they will discuss overhauling the competition to take into account the number of games played.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2006
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