BRITAIN'S LIFETIME Olympic ban for doping offenders was overturned by sport's highest court, clearing the way for sprinter

Dwain Chambers

and cyclist

David Millar

to try to qualify for the London Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a ruling published Monday that the British Olympic Association's bylaw was invalid because it fails to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

A three-man CAS panel said a lifetime ban from the Olympics amounts to a second sanction after an initial doping ban. The BOA had argued that it was an eligibility issue rather than a sanction.

The CAS decision was in line with its ruling in October, when it threw out the International Olympic Committee rule that would have barred athletes who had received drug bans of more than 6 months from competing in the next games.

The ruling means that Chambers and Millar are eligible to compete for Britain at the July 27-Aug. 12 London Olympics.

Chambers, who won a bronze medal in the 60 meters at the world indoor championships in March, served a 2-year ban after testing positive for the steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003 but can now try to make the British team at the Olympic trials in July.

Millar was suspended in 2004 for 2 years after testing positive for the blood-boosting agent Erythropoietin (EPO).

Colleges * 

Former University of Kentucky basketball star

Richie Farmer

has been accused of using state workers to run his personal errands during his time as agriculture commissioner. Farmer played on the 1992 Kentucky team that lost to Duke at the Spectrum in the East Regional finals.

* Virginia Tech has chosen assistant James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg as its men's basketball coach, a source told the Associated Press.

* Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin has entered the NBA draft after receiving a 1-year suspension from the school. Stoglin averaged 21.6 points per game as a sophomore last season, tops in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Philly File * 

La Salle's

Meghan McGlinchey

was named the Atlantic 10 women's track Co-Performer of the Week. She shares the honor with Richmond's

Meaghan McGovern.

McGlinchey also was voted La Salle's Student-Athlete of the Week. McGlinchey clocked a 16:20.76 in the 5K at the Penn Relays, bettering her personal best by more than 7 seconds and coming within a second of the school record. She finished fourth.

Sport Stops * 

Record-setting University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum said he will sign as an undrafted free agent with the NFL Texans.

* Former poker champion Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston Jr., whose brash style helped broaden the professional game's appeal, has died in Texas. He was 83.