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WADA TO PROBE CLAIMS OF RUSSIAN PED USE

MONTREAL — The World-Anti Doping Agency is expanding its investigation into doping inside the Russian sports system after a whistleblower alleged four of the country's gold medalists from the Sochi Olympics were on steroids. WADA announced the long-called-for expansion Tuesday, two days after Vitaly Stepanov told CBS's 60 Minutes that he had conversations with the former director of the Moscow antidoping lab who told him there was a "Sochi List" that included four champions from the 2014 Games.

SOCCER

Host bidding pushed back

The 2026 World Cup hosts will be decided in a FIFA vote in 2020 after bidding countries will undergo stringent new checks on their suitability to stage the soccer showpiece, the sport's governing body said. FIFA pledged to beef up the rules after the tainted dual votes in 2010 for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups set off years of scandals that culminated in Sepp Blatter being forced out of the presidency.

HOCKEY

Danish player hospitalized

Denmark defenseman Jesper Jensen was taken to the hospital with a concussion after being knocked unconscious during a game at the world championship in St. Petersburg, Russia. Germany beat Slovakia 5-1 to move into fourth place in Group B, ahead of the United States in the eight-team standings.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, both unbeaten 140-pound champions, will meet in a title unification fight July 23 in Las Vegas.

GREYHOUNDS: Husker Magic of Abernathy kennel attempts to become the first Derby Lane greyhound to reach 100 career wins tonight in Race 10 at 9:47 in St. Petersburg. She drew the No. 1 box.

HORSES: NBC's ratings for Saturday's Kentucky Derby dropped 3.1 percent from last year, when American Pharoah won to begin his Triple Crown run.

OLYMPICS: Marathon world record-holder Dennis Kimetto won't run at the Rio de Janeiro Games after making himself unavailable for Kenya's team.

TENNIS: Serena Williams got her claycourt season off to a strong start with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 51st-ranked Anna-Lena Friedsam in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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