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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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Nathan Chen holds off Yuzuru Hanyu to win first Grand Prix

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U.S. champion Nathan Chen opened the Grand Prix season by beating Olympic gold-medal favorite Yuzuru Hanyu.

Chen, 18, held off Hanyu at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, totaling 293.79 points to win by 3.02 over the Japanese megastar. Full scores are here.

Chen landed four quadruple jumps in a strong but imperfect free skate for his first Grand Prix title in his second senior international season.

Hanyu outscored Chen in the free skate, but the American benefited from his 5.69-point lead from Friday’s short program.

Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, has never won his opening Grand Prix start in eight tries.

He did three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate rather than the planned five, but did not fall as he did in the short program.

Chen has now outscored Hanyu in three of their last four head-to-head events dating to February.

The Rostelecom Cup free dance and pairs and women’s free skates are later Saturday.

A full Rostelecom Cup broadcast schedule is here.

The Grand Prix season continues next weekend with Skate Canada, headlined by three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.

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Olympic ski cross champion suffers serious knee injury

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Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.

Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.

Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.

“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.

Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.

Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.

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