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Bezuidenhout seeks Portrush 'revenge' after beta-blocker ban

Jul. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — From developing a stutter and anxiety issues after drinking rat poison as a toddler to getting banned from golf for taking beta blockers, Christiaan Bezuidenhout has overcome plenty on the way to his first major championship. It has been quite the journey to this week's...

Rakhimov resigns from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jul. 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organize the Olympic boxing events. The Uzbekistani became interim...

Column: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

Jul. 11, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don't know the reason why. Then again, it might be that they're just not looking hard enough. Unlike the players, the ball still looks the same. Commissioner Rob Manfred said it tests much the...

Russian deputy PM Mutko wins Olympic doping appeal

Jul. 11, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia's Sports Minister during the doping-tainted Winter Olympics in Sochi, has won an appeal against his lifetime ban from the games. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled the International Olympic Committee didn't have the power to sanction Mutko...

Buccaneers' Ryan Smith suspended 4 games by NFL

Jul. 10, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers. Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after Tampa...

Massive police effort leads to steroid busts across Europe

Jul. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

A massive law-enforcement bust across Europe has resulted in the seizure of 24 tons of raw steroid powder and the closure of nine underground labs that produced performance-enhancing drugs and other illegal substances. Europol said Monday that the operation, which included 33 countries and was led by national...

Anti-doping advocate Beckie Scott receives Order of Canada

Jul. 5, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Olympic champion Beckie Scott has received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping. The 2002 Olympic champion in cross-country skiing received the honor on Thursday. Scott received her gold medal after two Russians ahead of her were disqualified for doping....

WADA delivers batch of Russian doping data for possible bans

Jul. 2, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

The World Anti-Doping Agency has turned over evidence from 43 Russian doping cases to international sports federations, all based on the trove of data received from the Moscow laboratory that WADA scientists gained access to earlier this year. International federations will analyze the data and decide whether to...

Redemption for South African in his return to Royal Portrush

Jul. 2, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

Christiaan Bezuidenhout returns to Royal Portrush with a large measure of redemption. Bezuidenhout, a 25-year-old South African, captured his first European Tour event last week in the Andalucía Masters at Valderrama when he outplayed Jon Rahm in the final round and turned a five-shot lead into a six-shot...

Russian Olympic gold medalist rower banned for doping

Jun. 27, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian rower and Olympic gold medalist Sergei Fedorovtsev has been banned for four years for doping. Fedorovtsev won Olympic gold in quadruple sculls in 2004. He tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine shortly before an Olympic qualifying regatta in 2016, and his crew was...