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IOC head opens door for some banned Russian track athletes

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Some Russian track and field athletes could compete under their own flag at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after all.

Leaders of the International Olympic Committee and track's world governing body appeared split Tuesday over the terms of participation of any Russian athletes cleared to compete at the Aug. 5-21 games.

While upholding last week's IAAF decision to ban Russia's track team for systematic doping, Olympic leaders did not accept the federation's position on a key issue: That a neutral flag would represent the few athletes given dispensation to apply to compete if they live outside Russia and have undergone rigorous testing.

IOC president Thomas Bach said if any Russians are deemed eligible by the IAAF, they would compete under the Russian flag.

The IAAF appeared caught off guard by Bach's comments, insisting its position had been accepted by Olympic leaders and saying it will work with the IOC to make sure it is "respected and implemented in full."

Bach also lamented "deficiencies" in global drug testing and urged the World Anti-Doping Agency to hold a special conference next year to address the problems.

"It has to be more transparent," Bach said. "Everybody has to understand better who is doing what and who is responsible for what and this needs a full review." WADA is jointly funded by national governments and sports organizations, including the IOC.


Minnesota wins perfect duel

Renee Montgomery's 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left lifted visiting Minnesota past Los Angeles 72-69 in a matchup of unbeaten WNBA teams. The Lynx extended its league record for the best start to 13-0 and ended the Sparks' unbeaten run at 11. It was the first matchup of unbeatens from the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL with each squad perfect after at least 10 games, according to Elias.


Croatia shocks Spain at Euro

Spain's 12-year unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia stunned the two-time champions 2-1 in Bordeaux, France. La Roja finished second in Group D and set up a round of 16 game against Italy. Ivan Perisic's goal won it in the 87th minute for Croatia, which topped the group. Germany defeated Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris to clinch Group C and Poland finished second after beating Ukraine 1-0 in Marseille.

Et cetera

Tennis: No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova reached the third round of the Eastbourne (England) International by defeating Timea Babos 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on grass.

NFL: Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was voted the Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America for cooperating with the media.

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