Discus thrower Traves Smikle has become the latest Jamaican athlete to test positive for a banned substance.Smikle, who competed at London 2012, returned a positive result after the Jamaican trials in June.Compatriots Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and fellow discus thrower Allison Randall have also recently failed dope tests.“I must take responsibility for whatever is found in my body,” Smikle, 21, said in a statement.“However, I didn’t knowingly or wilfully ingest any banned substance. I have requested analysis of the B sample.”Smikle failed to reach the final of the discus competition at London 2012 after recording a best throw of 61.85m.Former 100m world record holder Powell tested positive for banned stimulant oxilofrine, as did Simpson, a 4x100m relay silver medallist at last year’s London Olympics. World 200m champion Campbell-Brown and Randall have both tested positive for a banned diuretic.Jamaica’s team for the World Championships in Moscow next month has also been affected by the withdrawal of world 100m champion Yohan Blake because of a hamstring injury.
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Kershaw allowed two hits in six innings, throwing 72 pitches before being replaced by a pinch hitter. The left-hander walked one batter and struck out five, and hasn’t allowed an earned run in the postseason since Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.Matt Carpenter hit a triple to right field on Kershaw’s first pitch of the game. But the left-hander retired the next three Cardinals batters in order, and faced the minimum number of batters until David Freese doubled to lead off the fifth inning.Freese went to third base on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis, a fastball down the middle of the plate that inexplicably glanced off his glove to the backstop. “Just a pitch right down the middle,” Ellis said. “I missed it.”“I missed my spot,” Kershaw said. “It was pretty close to a strike but I missed my spot and A.J. had to reach back.”A sacrifice fly to left field by Jon Jay was deep enough to score Freese, who wasn’t challenged when Carl Crawford threw wide of home plate.Relievers Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell didn’t allow a hit in relief of Kershaw. The pitching was there, as it’s been all season. The hitting was a flashback to the dog days of May and June, leaving the Dodgers to wonder where their bats went against Wacha and three relievers.“It’s one game. We have to remember that,” Howell said. “This is only going to last hopefully for about 30 minutes and we’ve got to move on to Monday.”Wacha threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one while striking out eight. Puig struck out three times against Wacha, four times in total, looking utterly confused by the Cardinals’ mix of speeds and pitches.With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Wacha struck out Puig and Juan Uribe back-to-back to escape his biggest jam of the afternoon.“I was just trying to get locked in with (catcher) Yadier (Molina) back there,” Wacha said. “We took some time in between batters, a lot of mound visits, just to make sure we were on the same page. I was pretty pumped up after I got a couple strikeouts there to end the inning.”Wacha received high-fives all around upon returning to the dugout.There were no high-fives awaiting the Dodgers on Saturday, only the question of how they could allow two hits and still lose. It wasn’t the fault of managerial strategy. The injuries to Ethier and Ramirez played a part. Mostly, it was the recurring nightmare of run support for their best starting pitcher.“It’s like our entire season in a microcosm,” Ellis said. “You’ve got a full 162-game look at the Dodgers.”Is winning all three home games in the series a necessity now?“Absolutely,” Gonzalez said. ST. LOUIS >> Eighteen teams, including the Dodgers, chose not to pick pitcher Michael Wacha in the 2012 draft. The Angels did too, in a sense, when they signed Albert Pujols as a free agent and surrendered the 19th overall draft pick to the St. Louis Cardinals as compensation.That pick, now 22 years old and hurling fastballs anywhere from 89 to 98 mph, matched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw zero-for-zero in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals won, 1-0, on an unearned run before an announced sellout crowd of 46,872 at Busch Stadium.Wacha and Game 1 starter Joe Kelly entered the weekend with one postseason start each in their careers. They flew to Los Angeles on Saturday night as heroes, having pitched the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.“They beat our aces,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “We’re going to have to beat theirs.” Forget for a moment that Game 3 starter Adam Wainwright has allowed one run in five of his last six playoff starts for the Cardinals. History says the Dodgers’ odds of coming back are longer than their faces in the visitors’ dugout Saturday afternoon.Since the League Championship Series expanded to a best-of-seven format in 1985, teams that won the first two games of the series are 20-2. Only the 1985 Cardinals (against the Dodgers) and 2004 Boston Red Sox have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win.“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “We don’t deny also what’s happened here the last two days.”With runners in scoring position, the Dodgers are 1 for 16. Their three through five hitters — Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe — went 0 for 11 Saturday. Hanley Ramirez missed the game with a bruised left ribcage, still feeling the effects of Kelly’s fastball that hit him in the first inning Friday. Andre Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duties in the ninth inning after playing 13 innings in center field the night before; he was one of Trevor Rosenthal’s three strikeout victims in a perfect ninth inning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error