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UCI recommends Astana team be stripped of licence PARIS: The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Friday that it wants the licencing commission to strip the Astana team of their elite status after an investigation into doping.Astana, whose team includes Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, were only granted their World Tour licence for 2015 "under probation".But on Friday, the UCI released a statement saying it wanted the licence withdrawn after finishing a review of an audit on the Astana team that was produced by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL)."After careful review of this extensive report, the UCI strongly believes that it contains compelling grounds to refer the matter to the Licence Commission and request the Astana Pro Team licence be withdrawn," the statement said.The World Tour licence guarantees its holder direct participation in the top races, including the Tour de France, the Paris-Roubaix classic and the Giro d'Italia.Several Astana riders failed ...

England make two changes for Ireland clash LONDON: England have made two changes to their starting XV for the Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.Alex Goode takes over at full-back after Mike Brown was ruled out of the potentially title-clinching game due to a bout of concussion he sustained during the 47-17 rout of Italy a fortnight ago.Jack Nowell meanwhile replaces Jonny May on the left wing for his first cap since making his five previous Test appearances during ...
Panathinaikos punished for violence by supporters ATHENS: Panathinaikos have been deducted three points by the Greek Super League for fan violence during Sunday's 2-1 win over league leaders Olympiakos which led to the postponement of league matches this weekend by the government.In addition, the Athens club were fined 100,000 euros and must play their next two home matches behind closed doors.The deduction, which was annoynced late Thursday,means that Panathinaikos are now six points behind Olympiakos with nine matches remaining in the ...
Highlanders heap more misery on Reds DUNEDIN: The Otago Highlanders defeated the Queensland Reds 20-13 on Friday, adding to the Australian side's woes and crashing ex-Wallaby James O'Connor's return to Super 15 rugby.O'Connor had a strong game in a match dominated by defence that featured just one try from either side, with a high penalty count proving costly for the Queenslanders.It was the Reds' second loss in three matches, placing more pressure on a club still reeling after Australian police charged ...
Rollers plan to rock Chiefs out of Africa JOHANNESBURG: Botswanans Township Rollers are predicting the downfall of South Africans Kaizer Chiefs this weekend even though they have never won a CAF Champions League tie.Favoured Chiefs snatched a 2-1 preliminary-round, first-leg victory two weeks ago thanks to a stoppage-time header from centre-back Tefu Mashamaite following a corner.It was not a result that justified the pre-match boast of Chiefs official Bobby Motaung that his club "can compete against anybody in the world".Rollers have played in ...
Chinese fans laud departing coach Lippi BEIJING: Chinese football fans and media heaped praise on Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi Friday, after he resigned from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande following three trophy-laden years.Evergrande, one of Asia's richest clubs, have taken the last four Chinese Super League titles, three of them under Lippi, and won the Asian Champions League in 2013.Lippi had already stepped aside as team coach in November, to be replaced by Fabio Cannavaro, his captain for the 2006 ...
'King' James and Cavs rule Warriors CLEVELAND: LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists on Thursday to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State.In a game touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers weren't out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless.Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win ...


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