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News Briefs: the good doctor returns to lock-up; Some depressing stats

French cycling coach Bernard Sainz, refused bail last week amid fresh dopingallegations, and then released on appeal, has been jailed again for non-compliancewith his bail conditions, Belgian judicial sources said Monday.Sainz, physiotherapist to Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, was arrested10 days ago after police found amphetamines and syringes in his car whenhe was stopped for a speeding offence. He was taken into custody last Thursday. A court in Termonde, northernBelgium, on Tuesday ruled Sainz would remain behind bars because of theseriousness of the allegations, and because of

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French cycling coach Bernard Sainz, refused bail last week amid fresh dopingallegations, and then released on appeal, has been jailed again for non-compliancewith his bail conditions, Belgian judicial sources said Monday.Sainz, physiotherapist to Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, was arrested10 days ago after police found amphetamines and syringes in his car whenhe was stopped for a speeding offence.
 
He was taken into custody last Thursday. A court in Termonde, northernBelgium, on Tuesday ruled Sainz would remain behind bars because of theseriousness of the allegations, and because of fears he may re-offend.
 
Sainz’s lawyers lodged an appeal against the ruling.
 
Following Sainz’s original, police raided Vandenbroucke’s home andseized banned substances — the blood-boosting drug EPO, morphine, andsteroid clenbuterol.
 
Sainz, known as ‘Dr Mabuse’ after the 1922 film depicting a fake doctor,was charged in 1999 with breaking the law relating to toxic substancesand doping products and imprisoned for two months last May.From chain links to golf links?Bib shorts fitting a little snugly all of a sudden? Brushed titaniumlost its luster? Knees making unpleasant crunching sounds reminiscent ofwild animals gnawing on bones? Whatever the cause, the effect is a dramaticdecrease in bicycle imports that coincides with an increase in golf-clubsales and rounds played.According to U.S. Department of Commerce figures cited in the March11 issue of the National Sporting Goods Association Newsletter, bicycleimports through November 2001 plummeted 20 percent — almost 4.2 millionunits — compared to the same period in 2000, which the NSGA concedes wasa record year for imports.Meanwhile, the NSGA continues, sales of golf clubs in sets increasedat the two lowest and two highest price points in 2001. And the first GolfDatatech National Golf Rounds Played report for 2002 shows a 5.8 percentincrease in rounds played in January 2002, compared to the same month in2001.Please … tell us you’re at least shunning the electric cart for walkingthe course.