weight lifting bans russia from games
BUDAPEST, Hungary — All of Russia's weight lifters were banned from next month's Olympics on Friday for doping for what the sport's international federation called "extremely shocking" results that brought the sport into "disrepute."
The International Weightlifting Federation said the "integrity of the weight lifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians." It said the punishment was an "appropriate sanction" to "preserve the status of the sport."
The federation said retests of samples from seven Russians who took part in the 2008 or 2012 Olympics resulted in positive tests and more were expected.
Weight lifting is the second sport after track and field to issue blanket bans of Russian athletes. Other sports have banned one or more Russians from competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
More village problems: About 100 Australian athletes and officials were forced to evacuate their Olympic Village lodgings in Rio after a small fire in a basement parking area caused smoke to fill the stairwells. No one was injured and the team members returned to their rooms after 30 minutes, team spokesman Mike Tancred said. Earlier in the week, the Australians refused to occupy their building, citing gas and plumbing leaks, electrical shorts, and general filth. At least a dozen other teams also complained of problems.
Basketball: Diana Taurasi had 14 points and Elena Delle Donne 12 as the U.S. women's team beat Canada 83-43 in a pre-Olympic exhibition at Bridgeport, Conn.
storm: Defensive back James Harrell was arrested early Friday in Tampa on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Harrell, 26, who played at Plant High, was released from jail after being held on $750 bail. He is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The Storm couldn't be reached for comment.
tennis: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 to advance to the Rogers Cup semifinals in Toronto. He faces No. 10 Gael Monfils, who beat No. 4 Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 Kei Nishikori beat unseeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to advance and faces No. 2 Stan Wawrinka, who topped unseeded Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3. … No. 2 Angelique Kerber advanced to the Rogers Cup semis in Montreal with a 6-2, 6-2 win over unseeded Daria Kasatkina. She faces No. 5 Simona Halep, a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 winner over No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova. No. 10 Madison Keys of the United States beat No. 16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-0 to advance and faces and qualifier Kristina Kucova, who topped No. 15 Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires