Friday, December 15, 2017
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Olympics

AntiDoping leader: no tainting probe

Suggestions that the release of draft letters urging Russia's total ban from the Olympics compromised the investigation into Russian doping are nonsense, an international antidoping leader said Sunday.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Agencies is one of a handful of antidoping and athletes' groups to write calling for the ban. They plan to send the letters to the International Olympic Committee only if the investigative report, due today, reveals evidence of state-sponsored doping throughout Russian sports.

A group of Olympic leaders, including IOC members and swimming's governing body, released statements suggesting that the letters undermined the credibility of investigator Richard McLaren's report.

"It is very disappointing to see prominent Olympic stakeholders attempting to get another family member banned from the Olympic Games in this rather underhanded way," said Spyros Capralos, president of Greece's Olympic committee.

But CEO Joseph de Pencier said iNADO neither communicated with McLaren nor tried to influence his work.

Antidoping leaders and groups of athletes seek a full Russian ban from the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, if McLaren's report substantiates and expands on preliminary findings. The Russian track team already has been suspended from the Games, which start Aug. 5, for evidence of widespread doping.

Tennis

United States falls in Davis Cup quarterfinal

Borna Coric defeated Jack Sock 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to cap Croatia's 3-2 comeback win over the United States in a Davis Cup quarterfinal in Portland, Ore. Marin Cilic set up the deciding fifth match by beating John Isner 7-6 (11-9), 6-3, 6-4 on hardcourt. All four road teams won their quarterfinals — Croatia hosts France in the World Group semifinals Sept. 16-18 after France beat the Czech Republic. Defending champion Britain beat Serbia 3-2 and next faces Argentina, which won at Italy.

Hall of Fame tourney: Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP Tour winner in 37 years, beating Gilles Muller 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (14-12) on grass in Newport, R.I. It was the longest deciding tiebreaker in the Open era. Karlovic is 37 years, 4 months; Marty Riessen won in Lafayette, La., at 37 years, 9 months in 1979.

WNBA

Sparks' hot streak halted with loss in Atlanta

The Sparks fell short of the fastest start in league history losing to host Atlanta 91-74. Los Angeles (20-2) had tied the 1998 Houston Comets, who went 27-3, for the fastest start. Layshia Clarendon had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Atlanta.

ET CETERA

Tour de France: Jarlinson Pantano won Stage 15 of cycling's biggest race, a 99.4-mile mountain ride. Chris Froome kept the overall lead by 1:47.

Colleges: Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor was arrested on a drunk driving charge, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said. His bond was set at $1,000.

Soccer: Diego Valeri scored twice to help lead host Portland past archrival Seattle 3-1 in Major League Soccer.

Times wires

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