Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency has voted unanimously to ban Russia from international sport for four years for doping offences. Russia now have 21 days to appeal against the sentence, which would see the country banned from participating at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo and the Qatar 2022 World Cup. They will, however, still be able compete in next year’s European football championships, where they will also be one of the host countries. Individual Russian athletes will furthermore be able to compete under a neutral banner at the Olympics, providing they…

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IOC calls for “toughest sanctions” due to deleted doping tests in Russia

IOC calls for “toughest sanctions” due to deleted doping tests in Russia

The International Olympic Committee has demanded the “toughest sanctions” against those responsible for deleting Russian doping tests in data handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency – calling it “an attack on the credibility of sport and an insult to the sporting movement worldwide”. However, the IOC left the door open for Russian athletes to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics – provided they can show that they are clean. That provoked a hostile reaction from the US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart, who urged Wada to ban all…

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Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

Diego Maradona has left his latest club after three months in charge. The former Argentina forward and World Cup winner, who became the manager of Gimnasia in September, said he would continue only if the club’s president, Gabriel Pellegrino, stayed on following club elections but he withdrew when an electoral pact fell apart. Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986, took over the club from La Plata, just outside Buenos Aires, charged with helping them avoid relegation. He lost his first three Primera Division games and, although he has…

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Rafael Nadal pushes off the edge of the abyss to defeat Medvedev in thrilling style

Rafael Nadal pushes off the edge of the abyss to defeat Medvedev in thrilling style

Rafael Nadal arrived in London with a new wife and an old abdominal injury, his mood turning angry and dark when he had to deny that either were in any way linked to each other or his form on the court, a suggestion that hovered on the outer edges of good taste and credulity. He was not a happy Spaniard. However, the boyish smile returned with interest when he came from 5-1 down in the third set to defeat the languid young Russian Daniil Medvedev in one of the great…

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Johnny Barstow and Chris Jordan are in line for the return of early England to New Zealand

Johnny Barstow and Chris Jordan are in line for the return of early England to New Zealand

It was in Napier, the art deco-styled coastal city on the North Island playing host to Friday evening’s fourth T20 between New Zealand and England, that Alan Mullally once left a dead shark in Mike Atherton’s bed as a prank. On his first tour with England in the winter of 1996-97, the left-armer was ribbing his captain for a lack of fishing success and was then left out of the next match. Even if there were chiefly cricketing reasons at play, a bloodied 90kg mako with a note attached to…

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Dolphins discipline Bobby McCain after confrontation with 13-year-old fan

Dolphins discipline Bobby McCain after confrontation with 13-year-old fan

Miami Dolphins safety Bobby McCain will be disciplined by the team for his verbal confrontation with a 13-year-old boy who was rooting for the Buffalo Bills. According to the Buffalo News, the incident occurred before the Dolphins’ loss at the Bills on Sunday. The publication says the boy had been heckling McCain and called him “irrelevant”. The player then allegedly threatened to spit at the teenager “It’s a serious allegation,” Undersheriff Mark Wipperman, the incident commander for Bills home games, told the newspaper. Another Bills fan, Dylan Wentland, said McCain…

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UEFA EURO 2020 tournament in Sofia stopped twice because of racist insults

UEFA EURO 2020 tournament in Sofia stopped twice because of racist insults

England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned on Monday night after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black players on what the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, described as “one of the most appalling nights I’ve seen in football”. The referee, Ivan Bebek, first stopped play at the Vasil Levski stadium in the 27th minute when the visitors were already 2-0 up, after Gareth Southgate alerted Uefa officials to what appeared to be monkey chants coming from the far side of…

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NBA postpones media sessions in China due to disagreement over riders on Twitter in Hong Kong

NBA postpones media sessions in China due to disagreement over riders on Twitter in Hong Kong

The NBA has postponed Wednesday’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were training in Shanghai on Wednesday, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Morey’s…

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Kenes Rakishev to lead the Kazakhstan boxing

Kenes Rakishev to lead the Kazakhstan boxing

«I vote for Kenes Rakishev as a president of the Boxing Federation of Kazakhstan. He is widely known as a philanthropist who contributes to the development of sport in Kazakhstan. He already was the vice president of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation a year long. He is well known entrepreneur and innovator. He will definitely find new approaches to the job and be a successful leader» – said Timur Kulibaev in his farewell speech as a president of Boxing Federation of Kazakhstan. Timur Kulibaev asked for other opinions. None followed and…

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Dario Gradi leaves the role of Crew three years after the removal of the FA

Dario Gradi leaves the role of Crew three years after the removal of the FA

Dario Gradi has officially ended his long and chequered career in football after nearly three years of being suspended from his role at Crewe Alexandra, amid continuing questions about his conduct as a work colleague of two of the sport’s worst paedophiles. Gradi, 78, was suspended by the Football Association in December 2016 after the Guardian’s interview with a former Crewe player, Andy Woodward, enveloped the fourth-tier club in scandal and led to Barry Bennell, one of their former coaches, being jailed for 31 years. Gradi had always denied any…

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