Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Track and field

Report: IAAF knew of Russian doping

Six years before the IAAF banned Russia, the sport's governing body knew of doping so out of control it feared Russian athletes could die from abuse of blood-boosting drugs and transfusions, and officials considered collaborating with Russians to hide the full extent of the cheating before the 2012 London Olympics, according to internal documents obtained by the Associated Press.

When the massive scandal of state-sponsored doping and coverups in Russia erupted in 2015, IAAF leaders acted as though blindsided. "This has been a shameful wakeup call," said Sebastian Coe, the British Olympian and newly elected International Association of Athletics Federations president.

A six-year span of reports indicate an early warning of the crisis and raise questions about the IAAF and Russia, whose athletes could miss this summer's Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile, Russia is trying to reform, according to the head of the IAAF task force set up to determine whether the country's ban should be lifted. "The Russians have recognized that there is an issue (and) are trying to fix it," Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen said.

Soccer

World Cup champion U.S. women to play in Tampa

The Women's World Cup champion U.S. national team will play at Raymond James Stadium as part of a four-team tournament in March. Tampa will host a doubleheader March 3, with second-ranked Germany facing No. 3 France at 5 p.m. followed by the top-ranked Americans against No. 5 England at 7:30. Nashville, Tenn., and Boca Raton also will host games in the SheBelieves Cup, named after the U.S. federation's SheBelieves initiative which seeks to inspire young girls. According to U.S. Soccer, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through ussoccer.com or toll-free at 1-800-745-3000; tickets won't be available at Raymond James Stadium until gameday.

England: Wayne Rooney scored twice but Manchester United conceded a goal in the 90th minute as host Newcastle United earned a 3-3 tie in the Premier League.

Tennis

Kerber latest to pull out of Australian Open warmup

Angelique Kerber withdrew from the Sydney International with a stomach illness. The tournament already lost fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska to a leg injury and defending champ Petra Kvitova, ranked No. 6, to a stomach virus.

Et cetera

Bowling: David Sewesky, a 27-year-old from Dearborn, Mich., who bowls two-handed, recorded the 28th sanctioned 900 series in United States Bowling Congress history Sunday in Plymouth, Mich., the Detroit Free Press reported.

Skiing: Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova overcame snowfall and a softened course to win a women's slalom in Flachau, Austria, ending a three-year wait for her third World Cup win.

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Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 23

TODAYArena FootballAlbany at Baltimore7:30 p.m.CBSSNAutosF1: French Grand Prix10 a.m.ESPN2Monster Energy Cup: Toyota/Save Mart 350 qualifying2:30 p.m.FS1IndyCar: Kohler Grand Prix qualifying6:30 p.m.NBCSNTrucks: Eaton 2008:30 p.m.FS1BaseballRangers a...
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Rowdies fall to Penn FC

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By Darek SharpTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For the second time this season, Penn FC got two goals from a former Rowdie that led the way to a win over Tampa Bay.Lucky Mkosana doubled his season total Friday in a comeback 2-1 win before an...
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Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

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Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

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Published: 06/22/18