Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief

TENNIS

Related News/Archive

SHARAPOVA FAILS DRUG TEST IN AUSTRALIA

Maria Sharapova said Monday she had been notified by the International Tennis Federation that she tested positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open in January.

A five-time Grand Slam champion, Sharapova, 28, is one of tennis' biggest stars and has been the highest-paid female athlete for 11 straight years. She is provisionally suspended from the tour pending further action.

The usual penalty for first-time offenders is two years.

Sharapova said she had been taking Mildronate since 2006 for health issues. Mildronate, a heart medication, is also known as Meldonium, which was added to the prohibited list this year.

Sharapova said she received an email from the World Anti-Doping Agency in December that noted changes to tennis' program for 2016. She said the email including a link to a list of banned substances, but she did not look at it.

"I have to take full responsibility for it," Sharapova said at a news conference in Los Angeles. "It's my body, and I'm responsible for what I put into it."

Last fall, the agency said Meldonium was included on the prohibited list because of evidence athletes were using it to enhance performance.

SOCCER

King to FIFA head: Hire more women

Tennis great Billie Jean King served new FIFA president Gianni Infantino with a challenge: Hire more women for top jobs. After years of scandals, the male-dominated soccer world body has a chance to transform itself, King said in a keynote speech at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Infantino took over a FIFA with no women in top management having responsibility for soccer, commercial, legal or financial issues after more than 17 years under Sepp Blatter.

SCANDAL: Former Venezuela soccer federation president Rafael Esquivel was extradited to face bribery charges in the United States in the widening FIFA case.

SKIING

Brem on verge of slalom crown

Eva-Maria Brem took another step toward her first crystal globe by winning the next-to-last giant slalom of the women's World Cup season in Jasna, Slovakia, and Swiss skier Lara Gut finished fourth to go to the top of the overall standings.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Jim Freeman, a former media relations official for Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, died Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 73.

COLLEGES: A lawsuit accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women's sports administrator during a decade-long tenure stained by gender bias.

CYCLING: French rider Arnaud Demare produced a late sprint to clinch the first stage of the Paris-Nice race and claim his biggest victory since winning the national championships two years ago.

FIGURE SKATING: Former European ice dancing champion Ekaterina Bobrova told Russian media that she failed a doping test, ruling her and partner Dmitry Soloviev out of the world championships in Boston this month.

OLYMPICS: U.S. Olympic Committee leaders say athletes have to decide for themselves about competing at the Rio Games in Brazil, where the outbreak of the Zika virus has made some question the wisdom of traveling there.

Times wires

Sports in brief 03/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 8:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. FSU-Bama 'almost feels like a national championship game Week 1'

    Blogs

    The buzz is continuing to build for next Saturday's blockbuster showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

  2. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

  3. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, activate Alex Cobb

    Blogs

    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  4. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    The Austin Pruitt experiment might be over, or at least put on pause. After allowing six runs over seven innings to Seattle on Friday, the rookie didn't get through the fourth Wednesday, giving up five runs on four homers. His ERA for past six starts: 5.29.