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IOC bans 11 Russian winter athletes for life for Sochi 2014 doping

ZURICH (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games. Among them are speed skaters Ivan Skobrev, a two-time medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Games, and Artem Kuznetcov. Along with lugers ...

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Warriors rolling along despite loss of key players

(Reuters) – The loss of one leading player to injury would be cause for panic for most NBA teams but the reigning champion Golden State Warriors have such impressive depth that they have cruised along despite missing a handful of regulars. The Warriors own the league’s longest active winning streak ...

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Seahawks fined $100,000 for violating concussion protocol

(The Sports Xchange) – The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the NFL for failure to follow concussion protocol during a game last month against the Arizona Cardinals, the league and the NFLPA announced Thursday. The $100,000 fine represents the maximum punishment for a first offense under the protocol. In ...

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Olympics: Speelman keeps Pyeongchang dream alive

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sive Speelman is more determined than ever to become South Africa’s first black alpine skier at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next year having been prevented from competing in Sochi by his own Games Committee. A teenage Speelman was invited by the International Olympic Committee to compete ...

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Birmingham confirmed as 2022 Commonwealth Games host

(Reuters) – Birmingham has been chosen as the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, organizers announced on Thursday with the Midlands city being the only bidder. Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announced the decision at a press conference in the city. “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on ...

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Major League Baseball roundup | Reuters

(The Sports Xchange) – The San Francisco Giants acquired three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The Rays, in turn, receive top infielder prospect Christian Arroyo and minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods. Tampa Bay also must take on the last year ...

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Man United knocked out by Bristol City in League Cup shock

LONDON (Reuters) – Bristol City, from English soccer’s second-tier, pulled off a sensation in the League Cup quarter-finals as they knocked out the holders Manchester United 2-1 amid late and wholly improbable drama at their Ashton Gate home on Wednesday. On one of the great nights in the Championship club’s ...

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Olympics: IOC sanctions Slovenian from Vancouver Games re-tests

BERLIN (Reuters) – Slovenian biathlete Teja Gregorin was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday after re-tests of samples showed she had used banned substances during the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics. The IOC said the athlete, who did not win a medal, was disqualified from those Games and all ...

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