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Mar 29, 2013

Doping-Darker side to glamour of global sport

LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) – Unprecedented levels of skill, intensity and endurance have transformed global sport into spectacular mass entertainment and handsomely rewarded its leading exponents.

Now that the euphoria of last year’s acclaimed London Olympics has dissipated, however, a spate of troubling stories in the first quarter of 2013 show an altogether darker and more disturbing side to a glamorous, multi-billion-dollar industry.

Mar 13, 2013

Lobby group urge Armstrong to make full confession

LONDON (Reuters) – Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has been personally urged to make a full confession of all his involvement in doping by the founder of the lobby group Change Cycling Now.

Jaimie Fuller, who formed the group which includes former Tour de France champion Greg Lemond, told Reuters on Wednesday he had talked to Armstrong for an hour on the telephone last month.

Mar 13, 2013

Seventeen athletes face bans after blood profile changes

LONDON (Reuters) – Seventeen athletes face doping bans after abnormalities were detected in the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) biological passports which track changes in their blood profiles.

“Seventeen cases are currently under proceedings,” Thomas Capdevielle, the results manager in the IAAF’s medical and anti-doping department, said on Wednesday.

Mar 13, 2013

Rugby-Wales brim with confidence ahead of title decider

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Wales, trailing by 20 points midway through the opening match of their Six Nations championship defence on Feb. 2, have rebounded to such effect that they are now convinced the title is within their grasp.

After winning three away matches in succession following a 30-22 loss to Ireland, the 2012 grand slam champions can retain the title if they beat England by eight points at the Millennium stadium on Saturday.

Mar 12, 2013

Wales captain Ryan Jones to miss Six Nations finale

LONDON (Reuters) – Wales captain Ryan Jones will miss Saturday’s Six Nations championship finale against England at the Millennium stadium after breaking a shoulder bone during last weekend’s win over Scotland.

Loose forward Jones underwent a scan on Monday after leaving the field in obvious pain during the match at Murrayfield on Saturday and his arm was in a sling as the team boarded their flight from Edinburgh.

Mar 12, 2013

Rugby-Wales captain Ryan Jones to miss Six Nations finale

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Wales captain Ryan Jones will miss Saturday’s Six Nations championship finale against England at the Millennium stadium after breaking a shoulder bone during last weekend’s win over Scotland.

Loose forward Jones underwent a scan on Monday after leaving the field in obvious pain during the match at Murrayfield on Saturday and his arm was in a sling as the team boarded their flight from Edinburgh.

Mar 6, 2013

Temporary coaches oversee transformed Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – An outspoken Australian and a former England number eight on temporary contracts have overseen a transformation in a Scotland rugby side who now have a chance of winning the Six Nations championship for the first time.

Scott Johnson, a coaching nomad who has worked in his native Australia and with Wales and the United States, was appointed interim head coach in succession to Andy Robinson after a humiliating loss to Tonga in November.

Mar 6, 2013

Rugby-Temporary coaches oversee transformed Scotland

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – An outspoken Australian and a former England number eight on temporary contracts have overseen a transformation in a Scotland rugby side who now have a chance of winning the Six Nations championship for the first time.

Scott Johnson, a coaching nomad who has worked in his native Australia and with Wales and the United States, was appointed interim head coach in succession to Andy Robinson after a humiliating loss to Tonga in November.

Feb 12, 2013

Fahey praises USADA exposure of Armstrong drug taking

LONDON (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey praised on Tuesday the U.S. investigation which led to cyclist Lance Armstrong losing his seven Tour de France titles based on evidence which did not include a positive dope test.

Armstrong finally confessed in a television interview last month that he had doped in each of the Tour victories after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence it said proved he was a drugs cheat.

Feb 12, 2013

Doping-Fahey praises USADA exposure of Armstrong drug taking

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey praised on Tuesday the U.S. investigation which led to cyclist Lance Armstrong losing his seven Tour de France titles based on evidence which did not include a positive dope test.

Armstrong finally confessed in a television interview last month that he had doped in each of the Tour victories after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence it said proved he was a drugs cheat.

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