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TRACK AND FIELD

SPORT BANS RUSSIA OVER DOPING CHARGES

Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field by the sport's world governing body Friday in the wake of sweeping doping allegations against the country's athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and officials. The ban, which will keep Russian athletes out of all sanctioned international events worldwide and possibly next summer's Olympics, will remain in place while the case is considered more fully. The council for the IAAF, the governing body, chaired by new federation president Sebastian Coe, met via teleconference and voted 22-1 to suspend. "We discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world," Coe said. "This has been a shameful wake-up call, and we are clear that cheating at any level will not be tolerated." The World Anti-Doping Agency released a 323-page report Monday laying out a state-sponsored doping program in Russia. The report recommended that Russia be suspended from the Olympics if it did not impose radical improvements to its antidoping efforts. It also recommended that five athletes, including gold-medal winner Mariya Savinova, and five officials be barred for life. Russia has disputed much of the report, but Friday it promised to take steps to improve its doping controls. "We are prepared to recertify the laboratory, or to reform, or to create a new antidoping organization," sports minister Vitaly Mutko told Russia's R-Sport news agency.

Soccer

U.S. men romp

Jozy Altidore scored twice as the United States bounced back from a 1-0 deficit in the fifth minute and routed St. Vincent & the Grenadines 6-1 at St. Louis in the Americans' opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

ET CETERA

Baseball: Astros OF Colby Rasmus, Orioles C Matt Wieters and Dodgers LHP Brett Anderson are the first three players to accept qualifying offers from their teams rather than remain free agents, agreeing to the $15.8 million, one-year deals. They were among 20 players given the offers Nov. 6. Another in the group, Jays RHP Marco Estrada, agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract. Among those who turned down the offer: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy and Padres RHP Ian Kennedy. None of the 34 qualifying offers was accepted in the first three years of the current collective bargaining agreement.

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