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Triple jumper Sands suspended for positive test

3/17/2006

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Triple jumper Leevan Sands, who
starred at Auburn and won a bronze medal at the 2003 world
championships, has been suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.

Bahamas team leader Bernard Livingstone-Bostwick, speaking at
the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, said the 24-year-old Sands was
"suspended from IAAF competitions until he's been exonerated."

Livingstone-Bostwick said Sands tested positive Feb. 11 at the NCAA indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The team leader did
not say what drug had been detected.

Sands finished fourth in the triple jump at the world
championships in Helsinki last August. He initially was named as
part of the Bahamas team for the Commonwealth Games, but didn't
travel to Melbourne.