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New drug test finds 260 positive steroid cases

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A new test for steroids has revealed at least 260 new positive cases in the last year, according to a German doping lab official.

“It was surprising for us, we didn’t expect that many,” Hans Geyer told reporters at a FIFA anti-doping conference in Zurich, according to The Associated press. “Most of them were from the first half of this year.”

The German lab found 184 cases involving stanozolol and 82 using oral turinabol, and many of them were in track and field, weightlifting and wrestling, according to the AP. It is finding other positives in retesting old samples, too.

Canadian Ben Johnson used stanozolol and was stripped of the 1988 Olympic 100m title after testing positive for the banned substance. East German athletes had been known to use oral turinabol.

“We don’t know exactly where the samples come from,” Geyer said, according to Agence France-Presse. “We know the sports, but we do not know the countries. But WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) knows everything.”

The new drug test will be used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

MORE: Fiji wins nation’s first Olympic medal