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Olympics: FINA swift to act as IOC 'passes buck' on Russia MOSCOW: The legal battle to compete in next month's Olympics began Monday as Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova was the first to appeal her exclusion from the Rio Games by swimming body FINA, acting on criteria set out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The IOC on Sunday declined to impose a blanket ban on Russian competitors over state-run doping, a decision which was met with fierce criticism elsewhere with Olympic chiefs branded "spineless".In one of the most momentous moves in its long, chequered history, the IOC said it was up to each international sports federation to decide if Russians could take part in Rio.Swimming governing body FINA on Monday announced a ban on seven Russian swimmers, making it the first international federation to impose sanctions in light of Sunday's IOC decision.Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, both 4x100m freestyle bronze-medal winners with the Russian team at the 2012 Olympics, and Efimova, another ...

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England World Cup hopes boosted by deal with clubs LONDON: England's hopes of dominating world rugby under Eddie Jones were given a boost on Monday with a new eight-year agreement between the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL).English clubs will take £2million ($2.6m, 2.4m euros) per year -- double the amount compared to the previous eight-year agreement -- from the £200million sum agreed between the two parties.In return, England coach Jones will gain greater access to players, who will also be ...

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Hamilton on top, surrounded by controversies BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton departed Budapest on Monday as the beaming new leader of this year's world championship and at the centre of a trio of controversies in the wake of his record fifth victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.The defending world champion was involved in a a row over yellow flags with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, accused of 'backing him up' in the race and also of showing a lack of respect to a ...

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Froome to warm up in London for Rio Olympics LONDON: Britain's newly-crowned three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is to return to the saddle next Sunday with a final warm-up for the Olympics in Rio.The 31-year-old Kenyan-born cyclist -- who eased to a remarkable third win in the world's greatest and toughest professional cycling race in Paris on Sunday -- will take part in next weekend's RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the organisers announced on Monday.Froome will ride in the road race and the time-trial in ...

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Indian wrestler fails in dope test just ahead of Rio Olympics Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has failed in doping test conducted by Indian national anti-doping agency just before the Rio Games about to start in less than two weeks.Yadav, who won gold medal in commonwealth Games, was selected for next month’s Olympic in the 74-kilogram freestyle category, but tested positive for a banned steroid during routine testing. A subsequent sample known as a B sample was also found to be positive.“Narsingh was personally present when his ...

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National Women Hockey Championship after three years LAHORE: The National Women Hockey Championship will be played from August 5 at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad as the event has been revived after three years. "Girls belonging to various departments and the four provinces will be seen in action in the national premier hockey activity which has been re-launched by the present regime of the Pakistan Hockey Federation", said Tanzeela Amir Cheema, Secretary, Women Wing, PHF while talking to APP here on Monday. ...

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Golf: US captures LPGA International Crown team title CHICAGO: Cristie Kerr birdied the par-5 16th hole to give the United States the title-clinching victory Sunday at the LPGA International Crown team matches, edging South Korea by a point.The Americans, who failed to even qualify for the decisive last-day singles matches in the 2014 inaugural edition of the event, captured the trophy with 13 points over the four-day event to 12 for South Korea and 11 for England and Taiwan.Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina ...