Contador is given a two-year ban, backdated to Jan 25 2011. It also covers the five months 19 days he spent under provisional suspension, meaning he is excluded from cycling until Aug 5 2012.
"I dared to dream of becoming the best player. Now I have this special award and I think everything is possible," said Serbian tennis giant Novak Djokovic, who was just acclaimed the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year on Monday.
England manager Fabio Capello disagrees with the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the national team captaincy.
The Los Angeles Clippers signed Kenyon Martin on Friday, the free agent forward returning to the NBA after a stint with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the CBA.
Top tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Argentina's charismatic football star Lionel Messi set paces for the the Laureus World Sports Awards, dubbed the Oscar of sports.
The retired Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming has been looking for business opportunities in the film industry.
South Korean footballer Ahn Jung-hwan announced his retirement on Tuesday after a 14-year career that saw him claim 67 international caps.
Ronaldinho flew off with the Flamengo squad to Bolivia on Monday for a Libertadores Cup match in one of the world's highest stadiums.
Chinese Olympian Zhou Yang has not yet been excluded from the squad for March's world short track speedskating championships.
Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt's first confirmed appearance over 100 metres this year will be at the Bislett Games in Oslo on June 7, organisers said on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi still needs to produce his best at the World Cup to be remembered as one of the truly great players, former France captain Michel Platini said on Monday.
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, still only 24, won the World Player of the Year award for the third time in a row on Monday.