Sharapova has doping ban reduced
Maria Sharapova, the Russian tennis star and five-time Grand Slam champion, won a partial victory in the world's top sports court Tuesday after appealing her two-year suspension for a doping violation.
Her punishment will be reduced by nine months, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced, ruling the original penalty was disproportionately harsh for an unintentional infraction.
Sharapova, 29, tested positive for meldonium, a heart medication newly banned by anti-doping regulators, at the Australian Open in January. She publicly disclosed the violation in March, days after she was privately notified of the lab results.
She now is eligible to return to international competition on April 25, a week after her 30th birthday and in time for the French Open and Wimbledon.
"I've gone from one of the toughest days of my career," Sharapova said in a statement Tuesday, alluding to her initial suspension in March, "to, now, one of the happiest days."
Nadal, Murray move on
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray reached the second round of the China Open in Beijing. Nadal beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, fending off two break points in the first set, and Murray defeated Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5.
Pitino: Self-imposed penalties sufficient
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said the school's self-imposed sanctions should be enough as the NCAA continues investigating an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers to entertain recruits and players. The school in February announced a postseason ban from the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Soccer: FIFA president Gianni Infantino proposed that the World Cup should expand from 32 to 48 teams.
WNBA: Candace Parker had 29 points as visiting Los Angeles beat Chicago 95-75 to advance to the Finals against Minnesota.