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WADA chief Reedie says meldonium found in 47 of 49 failed Russian dope tests LONDON: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie has disclosed that most of the Russian sportsmen and women who have failed drug tests in the last six months did so because meldonium was detected in their system. Reedie said the drug, which Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova told a news conference she had used for health reasons after she failed a drugs test earlier this year, was responsible for 47 of the 49 adverse analytical findings in Russia between November 2015 and May 2016. Meldonium, a Latvian drug which helps to adjust the body's use of energy and can boost stamina and aid endurance, was added to WADA's list of banned substances at the start of this year. Since then, Russians from several sports, including rugby sevens, biathlon, speed skating, volleyball and athletics, have returned positive tests for the drug. "This drug is not licensed for Europe, not licensed for ...

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French Open results - 1st update PARIS: French Open results on Sunday (x denotes seeded player): Men1st rdAndrey Kuznetsov (RUS) bt Benjamin Becker (GER) 6-2, 6-2, 6-4Nick Kyrgios (AUS x17) bt Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 6-4Igor Sijsling (NED) bt Adrian Ungur (ROM) 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Donald Young (USA) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-3Benont Paire (FRA x19) bt Radu Albot (MDA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4Women1st rdSu-Wei Hsieh (TPE) bt Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3Petra ...

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Murray and Wawrinka face Czech threats PARIS: Wily Czech Radek Stepanek, the oldest player in the men's singles, will take his bag of tricks out on Philippe Chatrier Court against world number two Andy Murray as the French Open plays catch-up on Monday. After a damp squib of an opening Sunday, Murray is joined on the order of play by defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who also faces a Czech challenge in the form of Lukas Rosol -- the man best known ...

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Semenya continues Olympic preparation in style RABAT: South African Caster Semenya continued her impressive build-up to the Olympics Games with a comfortable success in the women's 800m to mark her out as a strong favourite for gold in Rio de Janeiro as Africa hosted its first-ever Diamond League meeting on Sunday. The 25-year-old, who had to undergo gender testing before being cleared to compete as a woman after winning the world championship in 2009, powered through a strong field, including two ...

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Kvitova survives scare at French Open PARIS: Czech 10th seed Petra Kvitova survived a French Open scare to beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and make the second round on Sunday.The two-time Wimbledon champion was two points away from defeat when she trailed the world number 57 at 4-5 in the decider.But she claimed the next three games to wrap up the win and goes on to face Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh for a place in the last 32.Kvitova committed ...

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Kyrgios lights up damp opening day at French Open PARIS: Australian Nick Kyrgios did his best to enliven a damp and dismal Parisian day with some eye-catching play and colourful language as the French Open began without part of the usual furniture on Sunday.The volatile 17th seed mainly let his racket do the talking during an impressive 7-6(6) 7-6(6) 6-4 defeat of Italian debutant Marco Cecchinato, although he did receive a code violation for his language in the first set.Women's 10th seed Petra Kvitova ...

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Australian NRL results SYDNEY: Results of Australian National Rugby League matches on Sunday:Penrith Panthers 24 Gold Coast Titans 28Canterbury Bulldogs 32 Sydney Roosters 20Saturday:Wests Tigers 20 Newcastle Knights 12New Zealand Warriors 12 Canberra Raiders 38Cronulla Sharks 20 Manly Sea Eagles 12Friday:North Queensland Cowboys 19 Brisbane Broncos 18Thursday:South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 St George Illawarra Dragons 24Monday:Parramatta Eels v Melbourne StormStandings (played, won, drawn, lost, bye, points for, points against, points differential, points):Cronulla 11 9 0 2 0 301 170 ...