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Originally published Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Track coach Trevor Graham gets banned for life

Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday for his role in helping his athletes obtain...

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Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday for his role in helping his athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs.

Graham has been banned from participating in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track & Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program.

He was convicted in May of one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to an admitted steroids dealer. He is awaiting sentencing and has asked a judge to toss out his conviction.

"As greater progress is being made in the fight against doping in sport, accountability is extending beyond athletes to include coaches, agents and others who are complicit," USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel told The Associated Press in an e-mail.

Graham already was banned from all USOC-sponsored facilities and had essentially become a pariah in his sport, connected with many athletes involved in doping — Marion Jones and former 100-meter world-record holders Justin Gatlin and Tim Montgomery, to name a few.

It was Graham who anonymously provided a vial of "the clear," a then-undetectable steroid, to USADA, blowing the whistle on what became known as the BALCO case.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Graham acknowledged mailing the drug and said, "I was just a coach doing the right thing at the time."

Notes

• Radioactive material was found at the main site to be used for the 2012 London Games, requiring 1 million tons of soil to be decontaminated.

The announcement by Tessa Jowell, Olympics minister, came less than a week after the discovery of asbestos temporarily halted construction at the Olympic stadium. Jowell said the Olympic Delivery Authority's contractors had not been "unnecessarily" exposed to radium at the East London area being turned into the Olympic Park.

• The site of next month's Olympic sailing competition is clear of the bright-green algae that until recently had covered the sea off the city of Qingdao, a Chinese official said.

Luis Yanez, 19, has reached an agreement to be reinstated to the U.S. Olympic boxing team, sources told The Dallas Morning News.

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Yanez was kicked off the team July 1 after missing three weeks of training camp and a tour to Argentina without permission. The sources said Yanez will have to apologize and admit wrongdoing.

Lloy Ball, seeking to compete in his fourth Olympics, was among those chosen for the U.S. men's indoor volleyball roster for the Beijing Games. The roster must be confirmed by the USOC.

Others on the roster are Reid Priddy, Tom Hoff, Gabe Gardner, Kevin Hansen, Rich Lambourne, David Lee, Ryan Millar, Sean Rooney, Riley Salmon, Clay Stanley and Scott Touzinsky. Hugh McCutcheon is the coach.

Gyorgy Kolonics, a canoeing gold medalist for Hungary at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, died after collapsing in his canoe while training for Beijing. He was 36. Hungarian officials said heart failure was the probable cause of death.

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