Rugby League - NRL players accept doping bans

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- Most of the 17 past and present Australian rugby league players implicated in a long-running probe into a supplements scandal have accepted backdated bans as part of a plea deal, reports said on Friday.

The cases relate to the use of banned substances CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 during the struggling Cronulla Sharks' 2011 National Rugby League season.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority gave the players until Friday morning to either accept a deal offered to them, or prepare a case.

The Australian newspaper and other media said most of the players agreed to accept the compromise proposal, which will see them receive back-dated one-year suspensions from November last year.