July 23, 2014

IAAF: Powell, Gay cases enhance credibility of anti-doping program in athletics

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — LONDON — The credibility of track and field’s anti-doping program has been “enhanced, not diminished” after sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell tested positive for banned substances, the IAAF said Monday. Gay, a former world champion who won the 100- and 200-meters at U.S. nationals last month, said he would pull [...]

Soccer Recap: FIFA defends Tahiti’s right to play at Confederations Cup

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(Tahiti players thank Brazil after their last match at the Confederations Cup. Eugene Hoshiko/AP) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — World football’s governing body has defended Tahiti’s right to play at the Confederations Cup despite the Pacific Islanders scoring just once and conceding 24 goals in three losses. The 138th-ranked Tahiti is one of the eight [...]

Cycling: Italian rider Mauro Santambrogio tests positive for EPO

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(PhatzRadio / BBC Sports) — The International Cycling Union (UCI) has provisionally suspended Mauro Santambrogio after the 28-year-old rider tested positive for blood-boosting hormone EPO. The Italian was tested on the first day of the Giro d’Italia on 4 May before he went on to win stage 14 of the race. He is the second [...]

Soccer: Costa Rican snowstorm protest thrown out by FIFA / U.S., Mexico draw in World Cup qualifier

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(Reuters) – Costa Rica’s protest at being forced to play their World Cup qualifier away to the United States in a snowstorm last week has been thrown out by FIFA on a technicality. The U.S. won Friday’s match 1-0 in Denver but Costa Rica were furious about the conditions, saying the pitch markings were not [...]

Soccer: FIFA analyzing protest over U.S. World Cup qualifying win

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(What snow: Clint Dempsey wore short sleeves despite the blizzard Photo: GETTY IMAGES) Story Highlights U.S. won World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Colorado Costa Rica asks that FIFA punish officials who allowed game to be played They argue that ball movement was ‘impossible’ ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is studying a protest from the Costa Rica [...]

Soccer: FIFA studies Costa Rica’s protest over loss to U.S.

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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is studying a protest from the Costa Rica soccer federation, which wants a World Cup qualifier against the United States replayed after losing 1-0 in a snowstorm. “FIFA will now analyze the content of the letter and next steps will be determined in due course,” the governing body said Monday in [...]

College Basketball: NCAA investigating Syracuse men’s basketball for major violations

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports. CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. The Post-Standard reported [...]

College Sports: NCAA investigator wrote letter on Shapiro’s behalf

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Coral Gables (AP) — One of the investigators who worked the NCAA’s inquiry of Miami athletics wrote a letter on former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro’s behalf just days before he was sentenced two years ago. In the same letter, dated June 3, 2011, Ameen Najjar even suggested that the NCAA could eventually hire [...]

Tennis: Doping-Tennis to introduce biological passports

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(Reuters) – Tennis will introduce biological passports for players and increase the number of blood tests done each year, the sport’s anti-doping agency said on Thursday. A number of players, including 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer, had called for the sport to up its anti-doping measures in the wake of high-profile cases in other [...]

Olympics: Marathon Majors imposes tougher anti-doping penalties

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(Reuters) – Stricter anti-doping penalties will be applied to elite athletes in the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the series that brings together six of the world’s top races, organizers said on Friday. Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York have collectively revised their elite athlete contracts to include new provisions that include the right [...]