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WADA opens way for athletes to avoid sanctions for meldonium

Posted by on 13/04/2016
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WADA opens way for athletes to avoid sanctions for meldonium

WADA opens way for athletes to avoid sanctions for meldonium

LONDON: In a dramatic change that could lead to numerous doping cases being thrown out, athletes who tested positive for meldonium may be able to avoid sanctions because of a lack of scientific evidence on how long the recently banned drug stays in the system. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday provisional suspensions can be […]

Vesely stuns Djokovic in opening-round clay upset

Posted by on 13/04/2016
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Vesely stuns Djokovic in opening-round clay upset

Vesely stuns Djokovic in opening-round clay upset

MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic lost only his second match of the season as he fell to Czech Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to exit the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. “This is a proof that nobody’s unbeatable. It happens so many times in my career that I lose a match. It’s not a first time,” Djokovic […]

Federer dominant, Murray struggles at Monte Carlo

Posted by on 12/04/2016
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Federer dominant, Murray struggles at Monte Carlo

Federer dominant, Murray struggles at Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO: Roger Federer made a flawless comeback after two and a half months away, as the Swiss advanced over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to power into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. The Swiss third seed showed no signs of a layoff after undergoing a knee operation on February 3 and […]

Serena, Murray ousted in Miami shockers

Posted by on 29/03/2016
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Serena, Murray ousted in Miami shockers

Serena, Murray ousted in Miami shockers

MIAMI: World number one and three-time defending champion Serena Williams and second-ranked Andy Murray both crashed out of the ATP and WTA Miami Open on a Monday filled with upsets. Russian 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned 21-time Grand Slam champion Williams 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-2 while British world number two Murray dropped a third-round match […]

Serena Williams sets up Halep showdown

Posted by on 16/03/2016
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Serena Williams sets up Halep showdown

Serena Williams sets up Halep showdown

CALIFORNIA: Serena Williams sent down seven aces on her way to a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, setting up a mouth-watering quarter-final against defending champion Simona Halep. “It’ll be a really good match I think for both of us to kind of see where we want […]

Serena finds inner tiger to advance

Posted by on 14/03/2016
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Serena finds inner tiger to advance

Serena finds inner tiger to advance

INDIAN WELLS: World number one Serena Williams stepped up her bid for her first Indian Wells title in 15 years with a straight set victory over Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 on Sunday. The two-time Indian Wells champion Williams had a difficult time with Putintseva in the opening set but then steamrolled through the second […]

Salwa Cup kicks off on Wednesday

Posted by on 13/03/2016
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Salwa Cup kicks off on Wednesday

Salwa Cup kicks off on Wednesday

KUWAIT: Kuwait International Table Tennis Federation 12th Professional Tournament “Salwa Cup”, will kick off under the patronage of HH the Amir on Wednesday March 16th with the participation of 34 countries, 100 men and 85 women, at the late Khalid Yousuf Khalid Al-Marzouq hall at Salwa Sports Club in Qurain area. The Higher Organizing Committee […]

Racket firm gives Maria benefit of doubt

Posted by on 10/03/2016
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Racket firm gives Maria benefit of doubt

Racket firm gives Maria benefit of doubt

LONDON: Racket firm Head intends to extend its contract with five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova despite her failing a drugs test at this year’s Australian Open, CEO Johan Eliasch said yesterday. The 28-year-old Russian will be provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) from this weekend after she admitted at a news conference […]

Sharapova drug prevalent in tennis: Ex WADA chief

Posted by on 09/03/2016
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Sharapova drug prevalent in tennis: Ex WADA chief

Sharapova drug prevalent in tennis: Ex WADA chief

LONDON: The use of meldonium, the drug taken by Maria Sharapova, was common in tennis before it was banned, Dick Pound, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into Russian athletics, said yesterday. Five-times grand slam champion Sharapova tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open and faces a ban of up to […]

Sharapova failed drug test, penalty unknown

Posted by on 08/03/2016
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Sharapova failed drug test, penalty unknown

Sharapova failed drug test, penalty unknown

LOS ANGELES: Maria Sharapova’s tennis career and Olympic hopes are in jeopardy, and she claims it’s all because she failed to click on a link in an email that would have told her to stop taking meldonium. The five-time major champion says she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for the […]

Djokovic, Murray shine in tense Davis Cup

Posted by on 05/03/2016
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Djokovic, Murray shine in tense Davis Cup

Djokovic, Murray shine in tense Davis Cup

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray sprinted through their Davis Cup openers to edge Serbia and defending champions Great Britain closer to a dream quarter-final showdown. But their teams are still facing a weekend long battle to set-up that July duel after Kazakhstan and Japan fought back to level their respective first round ties on […]

Retired Hewitt on standby as Kyrgios out of US clash

Posted by on 03/03/2016
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Retired Hewitt on standby as Kyrgios out of US clash

Retired Hewitt on standby as Kyrgios out of US clash

MELBOURNE: Veteran Lleyton Hewitt is on standby to break his short-lived retirement if Australia need their new captain against the United States in this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group tie in Melbourne. World number 27 Nick Kyrgios withdrew before yesterday’s draw with a virus and back trouble, with Hewitt, in charge as Australia captain for […]