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    Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter in Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal doping disqualification that cost Usain Bolt 'triple triple' of Olympic golds

    Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport appealing his doping disqualification from the 2008 Olympics that cost Usain Bolt a historic 'triple triple'.Carter shielded his face from media on arriving at sport's highest court on Wednesday for a closed-doors hearing expected to last all day. A verdict is expected within weeks.The 32-year-old Carter is challenging his disqualification imposed by the International Olympic Committee for a positive test for a banned stimulant. Nesta Carter attempted to hide his face from cameras upon arrival in Lausanne  Carter's disqualification meant that Usain Bolt missed out on the 'triple ...

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    British Gymnastics' chief executive Jane Allen denies 'win at any cost' mentality amid claims of crisis

    British Gymnastics' chief executive Jane Allen has denied the governing body has a 'win at any cost' mentality and said athletes' welfare has 'the highest priority'.The Australian, who has run the sport since 2010, was responding to a report in Monday's Guardian newspaper that said British Gymnastics was 'in crisis' with athletes and coaches in open revolt against the Lilleshall-based governing body.The paper claimed most of Great Britain's most successful gymnasts were being threatened with losing their funding because they have refused to sign new contracts, while several grassroots coaches believe Allen should resign over a series of bullying and ...

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    Shaun Murphy holds off Ronnie O'Sullivan fightback to be crowned Champion of Champions

    Shaun Murphy held off a strong comeback from Ronnie O'Sullivan to be crowned snooker's Champion of Champions.O'Sullivan trailed 8-4 and 9-5 before coming back to 9-8, and looked on course to take it to a decider until he missed a tricky green.Murphy's win adds to a trophy cabinet which already includes the sport's 'Triple Crown' - the World and UK Championships and the Masters, while his Gibraltar Open win in March was his seventh ranking title. Shaun Murphy claimed victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan to become Champion of Champions The victory was joined by his young son as he celebrated his ...

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    Four more Russian cross-country skiers handed life bans by IOC for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has disqualified four more Russian cross-country skiers for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.The quartet - Yuliia Ivanova, Alexey Petukhov, Evgeniya Shapovalova and Maxim Vylegzhanin - have also been given life bans.Of these, Vylegzhanin is the most significant as the 35-year-old claimed three silver medals at the Games, in the 50 kilometres freestyle, 4x10 kilometres relay and team sprint. Maxim Vylegzhanin claimed three silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2014These sanctions are the product of forensic analysis conducted by a special commission into Russia's state-sponsored doping at Sochi led by IOC ...

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    British Athletics suspend javelin coach David Parker over allegations of an inappropriate relationship

    British Athletics javelin coach David Parker has been suspended following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female athlete.The 37-year-old is the lead throws coach at Loughborough University and has a part-time contract with British Athletics, where he works under the national governing body's throws and jumps coach Peter Stanley.The relationship is understood to have taken place with an athlete at the university. Javelin coach David Parker (pictured in 2009) has been suspended by British Athletics In a statement, British Athletics said: 'British Athletics and Loughborough University can confirm that a coach has been suspended pending an investigation.'Both organisations are working ...

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    Mark Selby reaches the International Championship final after sweeping aside Martin Gould

    World champion Mark Selby swept aside Martin Gould 9-3 to reach the final of the International Championship in Daqing.The world number one reached the 22nd ranking final of his career after a devastating first session put paid to Gould's hopes.Gould took the first frame of the match before Selby - helped by breaks of 119, 127, 59, and 72 - surged into an almost unassailable 7-1 interval lead. Mark Selby beat Martin Gould 9-3 to reach the final of the International Championship Selby then produced a 97 clearance and, although Gould rallied to win two consecutive frames, the defending champion closed out victory.He ...

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    Houston Astros spark wild celebrations after winning baseball's World Series for first time in history

    The Houston Astros have won baseball's World Series for the first time after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in a winner-takes-all game seven.The Astros, who entered Major League Baseball in 1962 and previously reached just one World Series, defeated the Dodgers in front of their home crowd after the series was forced into a decider.Houston had arrived in California leading the competition 3-2 after a 10-inning thriller in game five before the Dodgers levelled up on Tuesday, leaving it all to play for. The Houston Astros have won baseball's World Series for the first time in their history The ...

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    Tanni Grey-Thompson questions if Paralympic classification system is 'fit for purpose'

    The classification system which underpins Paralympic sport cannot be said to be 'fit for purpose', Baroness Grey-Thompson has told a panel of MPs.The 11-time Paralympic champion was speaking as a witness at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee hearing into claims British athletes have manipulated the process which ensures fair competition in Paralympic sport.When asked by Giles Watling MP if the current system is fit for purpose, Grey-Thompson said: 'We need to ask the question whether classification is fair and transparent and whether athletes can make an appeal or complaint in an open and fair process. Multiple Paralympic ...

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    Houston Astros star Yuli Gurriel banned for five games next season after racist gesture towards Japanese-born pitcher Yu Darvish

    Yuli Gurriel has been banned for making a racist gesture toward Yu Darvish - but the punishment will not be implemented during the World Series.Major League Baseball suspended the Houston Astros first baseman on Saturday for the first five games next season. The punishment came a day after Gurriel's actions toward the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher during Game 3.'I understand that people may have different views,' Commissioner Rob Manfred said. 'But it was my best judgement that this timing was appropriate.' Yuli Gurriel has been punished for making this racist gesture towards a Japanese-born player The Houston Astros star has ...

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    Winter Olympic Games chief Lee Hee-beom confirms that Pyeongchang venues are ready... as the torch relay is set to begin in Greece

    Organisers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have completed construction of all competition and non-competition venues, Games chief Lee Hee-beom said ahead of the start of the Olympic torch relay.Pyeongchang had been rushing to finish work on a number of projects including hotels and event venues after falling behind in the first few years of preparations.Lee said the completion of work was good news for organisers who can now focus on the delivery of what he said were going to be the biggest Winter Olympics in history. Winter Olympic Games chief Lee Hee-beom confirms construction is complete for 2018  Lee is ...

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan produced an expert display against Kyren Wilson to power to the English Open title

    Ronnie O'Sullivan produced a sensational display of snooker to completely outclass Kyren Wilson and claim the English Open title 9-2.It was one of O'Sullivan's greatest performances in his 25-year trophy-laden career and such was his mastery that he missed just six balls in 11 frames for a 98 per cent pot success rate.He took the £70,000 first prize and will pocket a £1million bonus if he wins the Welsh Open, Scottish Open and Northern Ireland Open as well. Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson comfortably to claim the English Open 9-2  However, he suffered a scare when he forgot his cue and ...

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    Marc Marquez moves within touching distance of fourth MotoGP world title with victory at Australian Grand Prix

    Marc Marquez moved to within touching distance of a fourth MotoGP world title with victory at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, his sixth win of the season giving him a 33-point lead over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso with two races remaining.The 24-year-old Honda rider prevailed after another Phillip Island thriller with the top eight riders duking it out over 27 laps and the lead changing hands on almost every corner at some stages.Marquez, clipped by French rookie Johann Zarco early in the race, bided his time and hit the front six laps from the end before racing away to ...

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan sees off spirited Anthony McGill to set up English Open final against Kyren Wilson

    Ronnie O'Sullivan will meet Kyren Wilson in the final of the English Open in Barnsley after battling to a 6-4 semi-final victory against Anthony McGill.O'Sullivan, who has seen his tournament disrupted by a stage invader on Thursday and a nagging ankle injury which has led him to play in trainers, found the going far from easy against Scotland's McGill who fought back from 3-0 down.McGill claimed the fourth frame but O'Sullivan bounced back with a break of 139, his first century of the contest, to lead 4-1. McGill took the next two frames, including a break of 113 in the ...

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan breezes into the semi-finals of the English Open

    Ronnie O'Sullivan eased into the English Open semi-finals with a 5-2 win over Jack Lisowski in Barnsley.A 125 break in frame three was the highlight as O'Sullivan - after a tournament disrupted by a stage invader on Thursday and a nagging ankle injury which has led him to play in trainers - enjoyed a quieter night.He next faces Anthony McGill, who gave a reminder of his quality by beating Neil Robertson 5-3 in a match featuring breaks of 60-plus in every frame but one. Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Jack Lisowski to set up a semi-final against Anthony McGill Kyren Wilson will face Alexander ...

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    Usain Bolt swaps 100m sprinting for middle distance as he takes part in 5km race for charity in Jamaica

    Usain Bolt may have hung up his sprinting spikes after the World Championships in London two months ago, but the athletics legend appears in no rush to give up running in retirement.The eight-time Olympic champion still holds world records in 100 metres, 200m and 4X100m and may have now set his sights on middle distance racing as he completed a 5km race in his native Jamaica.Bolt shared a snap of himself crossing the finish line at the Heroes in Action 5km race in Kingston and asked his followers to guess how quickly he managed to complete the course. Usain Bolt ...

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