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    Nigel Levine charged with doping as British double European champion sprinter faces uncertain future

    British sprinter Nigel Levine faces an uncertain future in the sport after being charged with a doping offence.Sportsmail revealed on December 22 that the double European gold winner and three-time world medalist had tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.UK Athletics has now confirmed he has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation and UK Anti-Doping has issued a provisional suspension. Nigel Levine (left) faces an uncertain future in athletics after being charged with doping The 28-year-old, who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in January 2017, will have the right to a hearing to present his case, but if ...

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    Team Sky's Chris Froome will begin his season at the Ruta del Sol next week despite ongoing controversy

    Chris Froome will begin his season at the Ruta del Sol.The Tour de France champion will head to the five-day stage race in Andalusia on February 14, Team Sky have announced.It will be Froome's first appearance since his third-place finish in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Norway on September 20. Chris Froome will begin his season at the Ruta del Sol, the five-stage race, on February 14 That was the day he learned he had returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol two weeks before, on his way to victory at the Vuelta a ...

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    IOC president Thomas Bach criticises Court of Arbitration for Sport after 28 Russians see lifetime bans overturned

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has criticised the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it overturned lifetime doping bans for 28 Russians.The IOC plans to appeal after CAS, sport's highest court, ruled last Thursday there was 'insufficient evidence' to uphold the suspensions issued by the IOC following an investigation into state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.In a further 11 cases anti-doping violations were confirmed, but their lifetime bans have been reduced just to cover the 2018 Winter Games, which open in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the appeals ...

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    Greg Rutherford hungry for Glasgow return in Muller Indoor Grand Prix: 'I'm excited to get out there'

    Just when rivals thought he was finished for good, Greg Rutherford very much remains the fierce competitor who has sealed glory across the world.Not even two major surgeries on his groin and ankle will stop the 31-year-old long jumper – an old man, as he puts it – from striving to continue to be the best on the planet.It is an attitude that helped him deliver Olympic gold on ‘Super Saturday’ at London 2012 and bag bronze in Rio in 2016. Not forgetting Commonwealth gold at an unforgettable Games in Glasgow in 2014. Greg Rutherford is raring to go for ...

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    Greg Rutherford to make competitive return at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow after recovering from injury

    Greg Rutherford will make his competitive return to action at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on February 25.The 31-year-old Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medalist is fit again after an ankle injury forced him to withdraw from the World Championships in London last year.Rutherford last week announced he had pulled out of the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April due to a lack of preparation. Greg Rutherford will return to action at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on February 25 The Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medalist is fit again after ankle ...

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    Chris Froome denies report he is looking to negotiate short ban rather than fight to prove his innocence

    Chris Froome has denied a report that he is looking to negotiate a short ban rather than fight to prove his innocence after returning an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol during last year's La Vuelta.Froome, who won that race, has not automatically tested positive but must provide a satisfactory explanation for having twice the permitted level of the substance in a urine test, or the Team Sky rider could face a lengthy ban and would lose his Vuelta title and the bronze he took in the time trial at the world championships in September.The four-time Tour de ...

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    Government pledges extra £6million to help UK Anti-Doping in the fight against drug cheats

    The Government have backed UK Anti-Doping in their fight against drugs cheats by giving them a 50 per cent increase in funding to the tune of £6.1million over the next two years.An announcement by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport due on Tuesday amounts to recognition, after a full-scale review, that the agency is woefully underfunded.A list of recommendations also includes encouraging ‘greater collaboration from law enforcement agencies and to ensure whistleblowers have confidence to come forward’. The Government's Sports Minster Tracey Crouch has backed plans to help UK Anti-Doping Sports minister Tracey Crouch said: ‘This funding for UKAD ...

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    Jason Kenny pleased with progress after winning team sprint gold at the National Track Championships

    Jason Kenny declared himself right where he wants to be after taking gold in the team sprint at the National Track Championships on Sunday.Six-time Olympic champion Kenny, who returned to racing at the start of the year following an extended break since Rio 2016, teamed up with Jack Carlin, Phil Hindes and Ryan Owens to deliver gold with a time of 43.593 seconds at the velodrome in Manchester.Kenny said it was a 'stretch' to think he might race at the world championships at the end of February, but he is nevertheless pleased with his progress. Jason Kenny (second left) took ...

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    Team GB star Zharnel Hughes reveals horror after coming under fire from an armed robber in Jamaica

    British sprinter Zharnel Hughes escaped unharmed on Tuesday night after coming under fire from an armed robber in an astonishing attack as he trained in Jamaica.The 22-year-old, who ran for Britain at the London World Championships last year, was left shocked by the incident, which took at place next to his car at the University West Indies Usain Bolt Track in Kingston. He was asked for his phone at gunpoint and was fired at as he ran away. Team GB star Zharnel Hughes escaped unharmed on Tuesday night after coming under fire He was quoted in the Jamaican Gleaner as saying: ‘I ...

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    Greg Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and targets summer season for possible return

    Greg Rutherford's plan to return from a seven-month injury lay-off has been scrapped after he ruled himself out of April’s Commonwealth Games on Monday.The former Olympic long jump champion has not competed since injuring his ankle in June – an absence that has already cost him the chance to defend his world title at London 2017.He then underwent hernia surgery in August before targeting the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast but his hopes of defending his title in Australia have now been shelved, with the 31-year-old deciding he has not had enough time to prepare.  Greg Rutherford will not ...

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    John Higgins races past Ryan Day to book Masters semi spot against Mark Allen after Judd Trump sees off Shaun Murphy to set up Kyren Wilson clash

    John Higgins raced into the semi-finals of the Masters by demolishing Ryan Day.The two-time Masters champion's 6-1 win over Day set up a last-four meeting with Mark Allen, who beat holder Ronnie O'Sullivan.Higgins hit breaks of 113 and 80 to complete victory, winning five straight frames after the opening two were shared. Two-time Masters champion John Higgins raced into this year's last four by beating Ryan Day Day remained in his chair for much of the final two frames, watching Higgins make big breaks Earlier, Judd Trump booked a semi-final spot against Kyren Wilson after surviving Shaun Murphy's comeback to win ...

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    UCI chief David Lappartient says Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until investigation into his failed drugs test for asthma medication is over

    Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, according to International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient.The four-time Tour de France winner, who denies breaking any rules, could potentially be stripped of his Vuelta a Espana title after a urine test he took during the race in September showed excessive levels of Salbutamol.Salbutamol is permitted as a legal asthma drug by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI said Froome's failed urine test did not necessitate a mandatory provisional suspension even if analysis of his urine sample showed ...

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan stages stunning Masters display against Marco Fu despite suffering a 'dizzy' spell

    Ronnie O'Sullivan overcame a dizzy spell to thrash Marco Fu 6-0 and reach the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace.O'Sullivan is seeking an eighth Masters title, and made three century breaks during the opening four frames, with Fu failing to pot a single ball before the interval.While the 42-year-old defending champion showed compelling form to clinch victory, he said afterwards that he was under the weather. Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Marco Fu to reach the Masters quarter-finals despite feeling ill  O'Sullivan said on BBC2: 'To be honest with you, I was really struggling. I don't know if I have got ...

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    North Korean Olympic committee to decide whether star ice skating duo can compete at 2018 Winter Olympics

    A minder in dark clothes is never more than a few yards away from the North Korean ice skating pair and their coach’s response to them qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics was downbeat, to say the least.‘It is up to the North Korean Olympic Committee to decide whether they will participate or not,’ Kim Hyon-son intervened to say, when Ryom Tae-ok, 18, and Kim Ju-sik, 25, talked at the side of the rink in Germany, minutes after qualifying for the Games which start in PyeongChang, South Korea, in three weeks.By the time the pair met reporters for a second ...

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    Kyrie Irving likens himself to Neymar as Boston Celtics star hopes to dazzle against the Philadelphia 76ers in London: 'There's nothing more exciting than taking the NBA globally'

    Kyrie Irving and Neymar are two extraordinary exponents at their respective sports and the former believes their skills are comparable.Irving is widely considered to have the best handles in the NBA, while Neymar is one of the most skillful footballers on the planet.And when asked who he would compare himself to from the Beautiful Game, Irving was unequivocal with his answer. Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving (left) has compared himself to Neymar if he was a footballer Irving was speaking to Sportsmail ahead of Boston vs Philadelphia 76ers in London'If I could compare myself to any footballer it would be ...

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