Rodgers fails drugs test after having 'energy drink with a stimulant in it'
Another one bites the dust. After news on Thursday that the Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings had tested positive for a masking agent, it was announced yesterday that the former US champion Mike Rodgers had dome the same for a banned stimulant.
The pair had been standing in third (Mullings, with 9.80sec) and fourth (Rodgers, with 9.85sec) on the world ranking list for the 100m this year. At this rate, with Tyson Gay on the injured list, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell could be playing eeny, meeny, miny, mo when the World Championship title is on the line in Daegu, South Korea, on Sunday week.
Rodgers, runner-up to Britain's Dwain Chambers in the 60m final at the World Indoor Championships in Doha last year, tested positive after competing at a meeting in Lignano, Italy, on 19 July. "Mike made a mistake," his agent, Tony Campbell, said. "He went to a club with some friends in Italy and he thought he was drinking a Red Bull but he got one of those energy drinks that had a stimulant in it."
With Powell topping the world rankings with 9.78sec, Bolt has pushed down to equal sixth after Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson clocked a Trinidadian record of 9.85sec in Port of Spain on Saturday.
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie: Manchester United may have more joy if striker is dropped by David Moyes
England 29 Wales 18 match report: Stuart Lancaster's men enjoy their day in the sun at expense of weary Wales
Carl Froch v George Groves tickets for Wembley Stadium rematch reportedly sell-out within an hour of going on sale
England 29 Wales 18 player ratings: Who was the star man at Twickenham?
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pleads for 'fair chance' from referee in Champions League clash
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 3 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 4 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a leading digital agency bu...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Global leader in its respective ...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Do you have a qualificatio...
£6720 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Nottingham: The school is much la...