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May 13, 2015

Doping-Six WADA non-compliant countries risk Olympic ban

MONTREAL, May 13 (Reuters) – Six countries could find themselves banned from the Olympics and other major sporting competitions, an impatient World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) warned on Wednesday after declaring the nations non-compliant.

North Korea, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Virgin Islands (U.S.) were all deemed to be out of step with the revised WADA code after failing to provide the agency with draft rules or information about their rules drafting process.

May 13, 2015

Backstrom should not have silver medal: former WADA chief

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency blasted the organization on Wednesday for being part a deal that allowed Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom to keep his silver medal despite testing positive at the Sochi Olympics.

Backstrom missed the final against Canada after a doping test showed an elevated level of the stimulant pseudoephedrine, but based on mitigating circumstances the International Olympic Committee determined he was entitled to receive the silver.

May 13, 2015

Doping-Backstrom should not have silver medal-former WADA chief

MONTREAL, May 13 (Reuters) – The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency blasted the organisation on Wednesday for being part a deal that allowed Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom to keep his silver medal despite testing positive at the Sochi Olympics.

Backstrom missed the final against Canada after a doping test showed an elevated level of the stimulant pseudoephedrine, but based on mitigating circumstances the International Olympic Committee determined he was entitled to receive the silver.

May 13, 2015

On road to recovery, NFL’s Goodell tested by delicate ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Keating and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Back in December, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft crafted the strongest of endorsements for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after his mishandling of punishment in players’ domestic abuse cases undermined his authority.

Goodell is “the one person that understands what’s important, long-term interests of the game,” Kraft said.

May 13, 2015

WADA lifts ban of Rio doping lab for 2016 Olympics

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The Brazilian lab stripped of its accreditation for not meeting standards had its credentials restored by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, clearing the way for it to conduct tests at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Laboratorio Brasileiro de Controle de Dopagem (LBCD) in Rio de Janeiro was dropped by WADA in 2013 after failing a number of blind tests to detect banned substances.

May 13, 2015

Doping-WADA lifts ban of Rio doping lab for 2016 Olympics

MONTREAL, May 13 (Reuters) – The Brazilian lab stripped of its accreditation for not meeting standards had its credentials restored by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, clearing the way for it to conduct tests at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Laboratorio Brasileiro de Controle de Dopagem (LBCD) in Rio de Janeiro was dropped by WADA in 2013 after failing a number of blind tests to detect banned substances.

May 12, 2015

Brady and NFL prepare to battle over ‘Deflategate’ suspension

By Steve Ginsburg and Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s hardline stance on Tom Brady and his role in “Deflategate” sparked predictions on Tuesday that the star quarterback could see his four-game suspension reduced through an appeal.

The severity of the punishment for the New England Patriots star combined with a spate of overturned NFL sanctions bode well for Brady in the appeals process, experts said.

May 3, 2015

Analysis – Back in spotlight, boxers fighting to stay there

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Boxing was back in the headlines on Sunday, basking in the buzz generated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s win over Manny Pacquiao in a title fight watched ringside by A-listers and high rollers and millions more around the world on pay-per-view.

A smiling Mayweather exited the MGM Grand Garden Arena late Saturday night flashing a $100 million (£66.05 million) cheque, the first instalment of perhaps a $200 million payday from what could be the top grossing prize fight of all-time.

May 3, 2015

Mayweather beats Pacquiao in megabout, remains undefeated

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up to its immense hype and price tag.

Mayweather weathered an early assault by the Filipino southpaw and then won the later rounds to finish ahead on all three judges’ scorecards in a welterweight showdown that is expected to be the top grossing prize fight of all-time.

May 2, 2015

Vegas ready to rumble as megafight enters final countdown

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – After a night of New Year’s Eve style partying, Las Vegas awoke ready to rumble on Saturday as the ‘Fight of the Century’ between unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao entered the final countdown.

As the sun rose over the desert gambling resort, high-rollers, entertainment moguls and business tycoons continued to flood into town for what is expected to be the top grossing prize fight of all-time.