Australian anti-doping probe lands first big scalp

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A seven-month probe into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports Down Under has scalped one of the country's most powerful franchises in the Essendon Bombers, but the Australian Rules football club may be only the first domino to fall.

The investigation came to a dramatic head late on Tuesday when stone-faced administrators slapped the Melbourne team with the harshest punishment in the Australian Football League's (AFL) 116-years, for using their players as guinea pigs in an experimental and possibly illegal supplements regime in 2011-12.

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