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Russian medallist denies doping after positive test

Russian medallist denies doping after positive test PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian Olympic medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky could not have taken a banned drug deliberately, Russia’s sports minister said on Tuesday after anti-doping authorities confirmed a violation that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, and is set to face a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in the near future after he tested positive for a banned substance, meldonium. “It’s obvious that in this particular case, the…

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Lions boost as Wales make three changes to team

Lions boost as Wales make three changes to team (Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland has named the following team to play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday in the Six Nations:  15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Liam Williams, 13-Scott Williams, 12-Hadleigh Parkes, 11-Steff Evans, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth Davies, 8-Ross Moriarty, 7-Josh Navidi, 6-Aaron Shingler, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4-Cory Hill, 3-Samson Lee, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Rob Evans  Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Bradley Davies, 20-Justin Tipuric, 21-Aled Davies, 22-Gareth Anscombe, 23-George North. Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge Our Standards:The…

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Russian could not have taken drug deliberately – minister

Russian could not have taken drug deliberately – minister PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky could not have taken a banned drug deliberately, Russia’s sports minister said on Tuesday after anti-doping authorities confirmed a violation that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, and is set to face a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in the near future after he tested positive for a banned substance, meldonium. “It’s obvious that in this particular…

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Olympics – Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games – CAS

Olympics – Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games – CAS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday. Jeglic, who tested positive for fenoterol, has accepted the anti-doping rule violation and will leave the Olympics within 24 hours, CAS said. Fenoterol can be taken for asthma as it facilitates breathing by opening up the airways….

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Russian curler's second sample tests positive for meldonium

Russian curler's second sample tests positive for meldonium PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky’s second sample has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Russian Olympic delegation said in a statement on Tuesday. Slideshow (3 Images) Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, had been under investigation over a suspected anti-doping violation. The delegation said it could not explain how the substance had ended up in Krushelnitsky’s body and it was launching an investigation into the case. Reporting by Gabrielle…

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Tottenham can fulfil Champions League dream, says Moura

Tottenham can fulfil Champions League dream, says Moura (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have the right mix to win their first ever Champions League title this campaign, the Premier League club’s winger Lucas Moura has said. The north London outfit are unbeaten in Europe this season, finishing top of their group, and earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Italian champions Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Turin last week. Brazilian midfielder Moura, who joined Spurs from Paris St Germain last month, urged his team mates to maintain…

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Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS

Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Slovenia men’s ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday. It added that Jeglic, who tested positive for fenoterol, had accepted the anti-doping rule violation and would leave the Olympics within 24 hours. Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Source: Reuters Sport

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Chelsea's Hazard dismisses comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo

Chelsea's Hazard dismisses comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo (Reuters) – Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has played down comparisons with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he is a completely different player. The Belgium international, who has scored 15 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea this season, has been among the most consistent performers in the Premier League and across Europe since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2012. His impressive performances have led some to suggest that the 27-year-old has the potential to be as…

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Figure skating – Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record

Figure skating – Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday, edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record. Skating last to “Moulin Rouge,” the pair embraced and grinned on the ice after their dynamic performance that had the audience roaring. They won with a total score of 206.07, eclipsing the world record…

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Freestyle skiing – Canada at the Sharpe end of ski slopestyle gold

Freestyle skiing – Canada at the Sharpe end of ski slopestyle gold PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Cassie Sharpe dominated her rivals with the two best runs of the final as the 25-year-old Canadian soared to Olympic gold in the women’s ski halfpipe on Tuesday. Sharpe’s second run score of 95.80 was more than enough to defeat France’s Marie Martinod and American Brita Sigourney of the United States, who completed the podium places of an event that went pretty much to form. Slideshow (3 Images) All three skiers had recorded…

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