Sports briefs: 9 track athletes suspended from Olympics for doping
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Olympics • Nine track athletes were suspended ahead of the London Olympics for doping, including three who were caught in retests of samples from last year's world championships, the IAAF said Wednesday.

The governing body said six were caught in biological passport tests, which measure changes in an athlete's blood profile. The others were sanctioned after retroactive testing of blood and urine samples from the worlds in Daegu, South Korea.

• Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off Greece's Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right political party.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee said Papachristou is "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

Liverpool falls to Roma at Fenway

Soccer • Michael Bradley and Alessandro Florenzi scored second-half goals, lifting Italy's Roma to a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in an exhibition game at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

Bradley sent a right-footed kick by keeper Brad Jones that caromed into the goal off the left post in the 63rd minute, drawing chants of "USA! USA!" from the crowd of 37,169. He's the son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

Florenzi scored off a rebound from directly in front in the 69th minute.

From wire reports