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BOBSLEDDER SUSPENDED: U.S. Olympic bobsledder John Kasper, a former assistant coach with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, was suspended from the sport for two years after failing a drug test.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Monday that Kasper tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone during an out-of-competition test in Lake Placid, N.Y., on March 8. Methandienone, known by the brand name Dianobol, is one of the most potent anabolic steroids and causes aggression, said Dr. Larry Bowers, USADA's senior managing director.

Kasper's suspension lasts two years from that date, the maximum punishment under International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation rules.


NEW TV PACKAGE: In deals driven in part by Tiger Woods' popularity, the PGA Tour agreed to new TV packages that increase its take by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The contracts with ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, USA and The Golf Channel run from 2003-06 and are worth about $850 million, according to two industry sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

That figure represents an increase of about 45 percent from the tour's four-year television packages negotiated in 1997 and running from 1999-02.

CORRECTION: The Associated Press reported erroneously that Allen Doyle's victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship was his first major championship on the Senior Tour. He also won the 1999 PGA Senior Championship.


WTA SANEX TROPHY: Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia was upset in the first round of the WTA Sanex Trophy, losing 6-4, 6-2 to Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic.

MERCEDES CUP: With Gustavo Kuerten and other seeded players drawing first-round byes, four Spaniards advanced at the Mercedes Cup. Kuerten's second-round opponent will be Andrew Ilie, who beat Germany's Lars Burgsmueller 6-1, 6-3.


FINAL RACING CLINIC: The final racing clinic for this year's Deseret News/Granite Furniture marathon and 10K races and 5K Fitness Walk will be held Thursday, July 19th at In Soles, 1356 S. Foothill Drive.

Dr. Russ Toronto, one of the area's most well-known sports medicine experts, will speak on how to prevent injuries when running in races. His presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a one-hour fun run scheduled for 7 p.m. This clinic will serve as a final tune-up for those planning to participate in the annual Pioneer Day events on July 24.

For those who failed to pre-register before last Saturday's deadline, there's still hope. Late registration and race packet pickups will be held July 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Park Marriott, 480 Wakara Way. Entry fees for late registration are $35 for the marathon, $25 for the 10K, and $12 for the 5K walk ($10 for 10-and-under).

Visit www.desnews.com/run for more information on the late registration.