Sport Digest, December 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 3:43am


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Spain's anti-doping body mixed samples

Spain's Anti-Doping Agency (AEA) says the mixing of two urine samples led to its laboratory being suspended for three months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). AEA director Ana Munoz said that in August "one urine sample was contaminated by a sample from a different athlete that contained a high concentration of a banned substance", according to a statement, which added that the laboratory's head of quality control had resigned. The blow comes weeks before Madrid must submit its final bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. AP


Quick-fire South China leave Pegasus reeling

South China scored three goals inside 20 minutes to earn an emphatic 3-0 victory over Sun Pegasus yesterday in the RedMR First Division. The win extended South China's lead at the top to four points over champions Kitchee, who can close the gap by beating BC Rangers at Mong Kok Stadium today. Kwok Kin-pong broke the deadlock in the 65th minute, Michael Cheng Lai-hin made it 2-0 in the 79th minute and Lee Wai-lim rounded off a good afternoon for South China by hitting the third in the 85th. Elsewhere , Southern held fellow newcomers Yokohama FC to a goalless draw. Unus Alladin


Heskey scores again to pile misery on Sydney

Former England striker Emile Heskey scored his sixth goal of the A-League season as the Newcastle Jets bounced back from a losing run to beat struggling Sydney FC 2-1. Sydney's marquee star Alessandro Del Piero barely featured in the match as his side remained at the bottom of the league with just three wins and a draw in 12 games. AFP


Brazil unveils second stadium for World Cup

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the second stadium designated to stage 2014 World Cup matches. The Mineirao venue at Belo Horizonte, which has undergone a US$1.75 billion renovation, was given the presidential seal of approval five days after the first arena at Fortaleza. "Brazilians are showing the world we are good both on and off the pitch," said Rousseff. Both grounds will host Confederations Cup matches next year. AFP