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  1. Crosby leads Canada in World Cup of Hockey

    Crosby leads Canada in World Cup of Hockey

    Los Angeles (AFP) - Sidney Crosby will captain Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, it was confirmed Thursday.

  2. Irish Olympic ticket probe extends to previous Games

    Irish Olympic ticket probe extends to previous Games

    London (AFP) - Former High Court Judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to head the investigation into the Irish Olympic ticket scandal in Rio and will also probe sales for the 2012 Games in London.

  3. Russian Paralympics ban upheld, Moscow cries foul

    Russian Paralympics ban upheld, Moscow cries foul

    Geneva (AFP) - A ban on Russian athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics was upheld Tuesday, triggering anger in Moscow after the country lost an appeal against their exclusion over a vast, state-run doping programme.

  4. Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

    Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's powerful Investigative Committee on Tuesday suggested the World Anti-Doping Agency could have ordered the destruction of test samples at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory as the country tries to deflect blame over a string of doping scandals.

  5. Rugby, golf eye Olympics halo but face Tokyo 2020 challengers

    Rugby, golf eye Olympics halo but face Tokyo 2020 challengers

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Rugby and golf thrived on their return to the Olympics after a century away, but will face new challengers in the battle to retain a place beyond the Toyko 2020 Games.

  6. European Olympics chief arrested in Rio over tickets scandal

    European Olympics chief arrested in Rio over tickets scandal

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazilian police arrested Europe's top Olympic official Patrick Hickey on Wednesday over black market sales of Rio Games tickets forcing the sports baron to 'temporarily' leave his posts.

  7. Russia files Rio paralympics ban appeal

    Russia files Rio paralympics ban appeal

    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's Paralympic Committee on Monday announced it has filed an appeal against the decision to ban the country from the Rio Paralympic Games over evidence of state-sponsored doping.

  8. Some sports 'impossible without doping', says Arshavin

    Some sports 'impossible without doping', says Arshavin

    Almaty (Kazakhstan) (AFP) - Comments by former Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin suggesting all athletes competing in certain Olympic sports use banned performance-enhancing drugs rattled Russia's media on Wednesday as the country remains embroiled in doping scandals.

  9. European Olympics chief's sharp fall from grace

    European Olympics chief's sharp fall from grace

    London (AFP) - Just over a year ago Pat Hickey celebrated his 70th birthday in lavish style at the first European Games in Baku which was a brainchild of the Irish sports powerbroker.

  10. No 'mouse hole' sample-switching in Rio, says science chief

    No 'mouse hole' sample-switching in Rio, says science chief

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Round-the-clock security will help prevent any "mousehole" incidents at the Rio Olympics after the sample-switching doping scandal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, a senior official said on Monday.

  11. Klishina sample bottles tampered with: journalist

    Klishina sample bottles tampered with: journalist

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A German journalist behind many revelations on doping in Russia said Sunday that Russian long jumper Darya Klishina had been prevented from competing at the Rio Olympics after two of her sample bottles were found to have been tampered with.

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