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JACOBS BECOMES FOURTH TO RECEIVE SUSPENSION

Regina Jacobs, who announced her retirement earlier this week, has become the fourth U.S. track and field athlete to receive a multiyear suspension after a positive test for the steroid THG.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Saturday that Jacobs, whose long and remarkably successful middle-distance running career ended in disgrace because of the positive test, has been suspended for four years.

Jacobs, 40, accepted the ban and agreed to forfeit all of her results starting with her 12th national title in the 1,500 -- which she won at last year's U.S. championships on the same day she tested positive for THG.

An arbitration hearing in Jacobs' case had been scheduled for today.

"I have notified USADA that I will no longer object to their imposition of sanctions because I have already retired and want to avoid being subjected to what I believe would be an unfair hearing," Jacobs said in a statement released by her lawyer, Edward Williams.

Shot putter Kevin Toth and hammer throwers John McEwen and Melissa Price all also tested positive for THG at the 2003 national championships and were suspended for two years. Toth and Price forfeited the titles they won at that meet.

European 100-meter champion Dwain Chambers of Britain flunked an out-of-competition test for THG last year and was suspended for two years. Kelli White forfeited her 100 and 200 world titles and accepted a two-year ban after admitting use of THG and other banned drugs.

Breaux Greer could have been a stud of a baseball player. He once threw a fastball 98 mph, drawing scouts to ogle him while he was in high school.

Instead, Greer decided to focus on throwing a different object: the javelin. Now he is one of the best in the world and headed to his second Olympics with a shot at getting a medal. Greer won the trials on his first throw of 270 feet, 4 inches, despite competing with a torn ligament in his left knee.

As usual, Greer sported the signature war paint on his face and showed his trademark wacky personality during interviews after his victory.

When asked about how he got into the javelin, Greer started talking about how he used to raise pigs in Louisiana and saw someone throwing sticks outside a barn. Ha ha. Just kidding.

The real story: Greer used to play baseball but took some time off.

He saw a classmate throwing a javelin after baseball practice one afternoon during his senior year, and decided to try it, too.

Twelve years later, Greer has five U.S. titles in the event.

Bryan Clay won the decathlon with 8,660 points, and world champion Tom Pappas was second with 8,517. Paul Terek won the third spot on the U.S. squad for Athens.

Former Olympic champion Allen Johnson had the fastest time of 13.25 in the quarterfinals of the men's 110 hurdles.

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