Thursday, January 18, 2018
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TENNIS

SHARAPOVA RULING COULD COME SOON

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A disciplinary hearing has been scheduled in Maria Sharapova's doping case, with a ruling possible before Wimbledon starts.

International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said Wednesday that its doping cases typically take "two to three months" to process. That could deliver a verdict in June.

Haggerty said he has not been told details by the federation's anti-doping tribunal.

Sharapova, a four-time major champion, was provisionally suspended after announcing March 8 that she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

BARCELONA OPEN: Rafael Nadal rebounded from an early break to beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-2 and advance to the third round in Spain.

PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Angelique Kerber came from behind to defeat Annika Beck 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in Stuttgart, Germany.

SOCCER

Barcelona romps to snap skid

Barcelona sent a strong message to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, demolishing Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 to end a four-game winless streak and keep its lead in the Spanish league. Luis Suarez scored four goals and set up three. Later, Barcelona announced that striker Neymar will play for Brazil at the Rio Olympics but will skip the Copa America.

ENGLAND: Manchester United prepared for the FA Cup semifinals by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 to enhance its bid to break into the top four places and qualify for the Champions League. Also, Liverpool striker Divock Origi scored before being carried off on a stretcher as Everton was overwhelmed 4-0 in the Merseyside derby.

FRANCE: Crisis-ridden Marseille will get the chance to salvage its season against bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup final May 21 after beating Sochaux 1-0.

GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 to set up a German Cup final showdown with Bayern Munich on May 21.

ITALY: Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus closed in on a fifth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over 10-man Lazio.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: NASCAR suspended the Xfinity series crew chief for Ty Dillon for a penalty at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nick Harrison was hit with a P3 penalty because his Richard Childress Racing entry did not use a proper spoiler assembly and extension.

CYCLING: The 2024 Olympics can boost track racing's reputation, International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson hopes, with more medal events and better-suited venues.

MARATHON: Defending the integrity of athletics ahead of Sunday's London Marathon, Kenyan runners insisted they run clean and don't need to resort to doping. "It's a noble sport," defending champion Eliud Kipchoge said.

SAILING: Paige Railey of Clearwater won the silver medal in women's Laser Radial at the world championships in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Railey, a U.S. Olympian, will be a medal favorite this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

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