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Gaddafi junior tests positive

Rome: Al-Saadi Gaddafi, a son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who plays for Serie A side Perugia, has tested positive for norandrosterone, Italian sporting authorities said on Wednesday. Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI), the nation's sporting watchdog, said in a statement that Gaddafi had failed a regular doping test at a match between Perugia and Reggina on October 5. Norandrosterone is a metabolite of the steroid nandrolone.

Gaddafi signed for Perugia last June.

Lanka A to play 3 ‘Tests’

Colombo: Sri Lanka A will play three four-day unofficial Test matches against their Indian counterparts before a triangular one-day series during their tour of India, Sri Lanka Cricket officials said Wednesday.

The Sri Lanka A team is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai on November 15 with the first ‘Test’ in Ahmedabad starting November 23. The triangular series, which also includes Pakistan, will begin on December 13 with the final slated for December 21.

TRI-SERIES SCHEDULE: Dec. 13: India vs Sri Lanka; Dec. 14: India vs Pakistan; Dec. 15: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka; Dec. 17: India vs Sri Lanka; Dec. 18: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka; Dec. 19: India vs Pakistan; Dec. 21: Final.

Schumacher’s new rival

Rome: Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher will pit his speed against a supersonic jet fighter screaming down the runway at an Italian airbase next month, Italian Air Force officials said. Schumacher, at the wheel of the Ferrari 2003-GA in which he won the world championship for a record sixth time last month, will try to outstrip the new Eurofighter Typhoon Hunter-Bomber over a series of short courses.

“We expect to have three races, over 500, 1,000 and 1,500 metres,” lieutenant Alessio Della Volpe said from Grosseto military airport in Tuscany, where the race takes place on December 11.

Lancs may leave Old Trafford

Manchester: Lancashire are considering leaving Old Trafford, one of the most historic grounds in Test cricket. The English county are looking into proposals to move to a purpose-built site near the City of Manchester Stadium which was designed for the Commonwealth Games last year and is now occupied by Manchester City football club. Plans are believed to include a seating capacity of 30,000 for the new ground — a 30 percent increase on Old Trafford.

“It is a serious proposition and we’d be daft not to look at it seriously,” Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes told BBC.

Blatter’s fear

London: Fifa president Sepp Blatter fears anarchy in English soccer and has urged the FA to rule with a firm hand.

“The authority of the FA appears to be open to discussion in England these days,” Blatter wrote in a column in the Financial Times. “Its decisions are being questioned by the very people — players and managers — who are bound by its rulings and regulations,” he said.

Blatter referred specifically to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand’s missing a drugs test and the protest by his England teammates over his omission from their Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey last month.

Adams manager

Wycombe: Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has been appointed manager of the second division side Wycombe Wanderers, the club said on Wednesday.

n Cricket: Asian under-meet, India vs Sri Lanka final live from 9.30 am on TEN Sports n Cricket: Tri-series, India vs New Zealand, live from 1.30 pm on DD Sports n Cricket: Zimbabwe vs West Indies, first Test Day 3 live from 1.25 pm on ESPN


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