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CYCLIST HAMILTON SUSPENDED

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was suspended from competitive cycling for two years for a blood-doping violation discovered at a race in September.

The suspension was handed down by the independent American Arbitration Association-North American Court of Arbitration for Sport. He can return to competition April 17, 2007, but he forfeits all competitive results since Sept. 11, 2004, the day of the positive test at the Spanish Vuelta.

The positive test occurred the month after Hamilton won the time trial at the Athens Olympics.