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By Times wires

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ANTI-DOPING AGENCY GETS TROVE OF DATA FROM RUSSIAN LAB

The World Anti-Doping Agency has obtained a digital trove of data that is believed to contain information that will greatly expand the already massive scope of Russia’s doping program, which has corrupted the results of several Olympics and imperiled the country’s eligibility for the next year’s Winter Games.

The agency said Friday that it was in possession of an electronic file that has long been considered a final piece of the puzzle revealing the contours of a state-sponsored doping scheme. The agency said it was confident that the file contained "all testing data" from January 2012 to August 2015 — thousands of drug tests run on Russian athletes.

The database, fiercely protected by Russian authorities who have been unwilling to share the information with anti-doping investigators, came from a whistle-blower, reports said. Information in the database is expected to provide a new level of evidence just as the International Olympic Committee weighs how to penalize Russia ahead of the Games in South Korea.

"This confirms the schemes and provides more definitive evidence about disappearing positives at the Moscow lab," said Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer whose independent investigation conducted last year illuminated the breadth and depth of the doping program. "If the information provides what we think it will provide, it should confirm doping rule violations. "

Russian officials did not respond to a request for comment from the New York Times.

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Autos: Ryan Blaney won the pole in his final chance to qualify for NASCAR’s Cup series title race. Blaney turned a lap at 137.942 mph around Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. to take the top starting spot for Sunday’s Can-Am 500, the playoffs’ penultimate race. One slot is available in the field of four that will race for the title next week, and Blaney is one of five drivers chasing that spot. … Top Fuel title contender Brittany Force ran the quickest pass in Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.) history in qualifying for the season-ending NHRA Finals. Force had a 3.667-second pass at 330.31 mph to take over the Top Fuel lead. Jack Beckman led Funny Car, Greg Anderson topped Pro Stock and Chip Ellis led Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Soccer: Senegal seized the second chance it was given by FIFA to qualify for next year’s World Cup, beating host South Africa 2-0 in a replay of a game it lost last year. FIFA ordered the qualifier to be played again because of match-fixing by the referee.

Times wires