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SPRINTER ACCEPTS DOPING SUSPENSION

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alvin Harrison accepted a four-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for drug violations uncovered in the BALCO case.

The 30-year-old sprinter, who won gold medals as part of U.S. relay teams at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, was charged with violations of anti-doping rules based in part on evidence presented in the Senate in May.

"It's a bittersweet day," USADA Chief Executive Officer Terry Madden said. "It's good that another athlete in the BALCO drug conspiracy has been brought to justice. It's a sad day because we now know a conspiracy is out there. Athletes have admitted to it, and people are using prohibited substances."

Harrison's attorney, Robert Harris, said his client was going to retire soon so accepting the penalty made sense.

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