By Jack StubbsMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.“It raises a lot of questions,” Putin said. “It seems as if healthy athletes are taking drugs legally that are prohibited for others, and people who are clearly suffering from serious illnesses, major disabilities, are suspected of taking some kind of substances and banned from the Paralympic Games.”“What they did, cannot fail to be interesting to the international community, the sporting community first of all,” Putin said.His comments came just hours before hackers released a third batch of drugs test data involving 11 more athletes.As recently as Wednesday WADA had confirmed athlete data had been leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group with hackers releasing information on 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting medical data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.The group yesterday posted further doping test results of athletes from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and Denmark.Among them were several Rio Games champions including Britain’s cycling gold medallist Laura Trott and boxing champion Nicola Adams as well as Australian rowers Kimberly Brennan, who won gold, and silver medallist Alexander Belonogoff.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) called the release of the data an “outrageous” breach of confidentiality and offered to assist WADA in communicating with Russian authorities over the matter.“This is an unacceptable and outrageous breach of medical confidentiality that attempts to smear innocent athletes who have not committed any doping offence,” IOC president Thomas Bach said yesterday.“In some cases, it is also a breach of confidentiality for athletes whose cases have not yet been finalised.”WADA considers the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency’s investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia and led to virtually the entire track and field team being banned from last month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Russia was also banned from sending a team to the Paralympic Games.“The IOC fully supports the actions taken by WADA to deal with the leak, including the measures that are being taken to bring this activity to an end with the help of IT experts and in requesting assistance from the Russian authorities,” Bach said in his statement.“I have informed the WADA president Sir Craig Reedie that the IOC will also assist WADA in any way required, including communicating with the Russian authorities, to underline the seriousness of the issue and request all possible assistance to stop the hackers.”WADA has said it believes the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.According to WADA, the account includes confidential medical data such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organisations to allow athletes to take certain substances.The agency’s independent McLaren report, released in July, said that Russians had swapped positive doping samples for clean ones during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the support of the Russian secret service.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO-FLAME ARRIVAL-DOWNSIZETokyo organizers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torchTOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday said organizers are downsizing the arrival ceremony in Japan for the Olympic torch on March 20 because of the spreading coronavirus. Abuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in MichiganYPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — More men have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan in lawsuits and personal statements.The new allegations include three former athletes who filed lawsuits against the school alleging that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s. At a separate news conference, two men said Anderson sexually assaulted them during medical exams. — Jamal Murray capped his 18-point performance by draining a running, off-balance 13-footer from the baseline with 5.1 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 114-112 win over the Hornets. Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver, which trailed by eight in the fourth quarter before winning for the fourth time in eight games. The outcome keeps the Nuggets one game behind the Clippers for the second seed in the NBA’s Western Conference.— Los Angeles won its sixth in a row as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points in a 120-105 romp over the Rockets. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Clippers, who built a 67-44 halftime lead while the Rockets made just 2 of 22 3-point attempts. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but James Harden added just 16 while shooting 4-for-17, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range.— The 76ers’ nine-game road losing streak is over after Tobias Harris provided 28 point and 14 rebounds to lead them to a 125-108 win at Sacramento. Shake Milton scored 20 points and Al Horford added 18 points to help Philadelphia win without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons.NBA-CELTICS-SMARTSmart fined for abusing officials Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has forcefully objected to charges that its storied men’s basketball and its football programs had committed significant violations tied primarily to recruiting.The school let its objections be known in nearly 300 pages of documents it issued as a formal response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations Thursday night.Kansas claims several facts involving Bill Self’s basketball program are in dispute, including charges that Kansas lacked institutional control and its Hall of Fame coach and his assistant, Kurtis Townsend, had committed a series of high-level violations.The NCAA issued last September its original notice of allegations which included five violations for men’s basketball and two lesser ones for football. The basketball violations are all Level 1, the most severe.NHL-SCHEDULE Nuggets, Clippers winUNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry returned to action Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, but the Golden State Warriors couldn’t win a matchup of last year’s NBA Finals.Curry finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Warriors fell to the Raptors, 121-113. The two-time NBA MVP missed Golden State’s previous 58 games after breaking his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.Norman Powell poured in 37 points for the Raptors, who expanded their lead in the Atlantic Division to 1 ½ games over Boston. Kyle Lowry chipped in 26 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Toronto.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: NFL-49ERS-SIGNINGSNiners pick up options on Juszczyk, WilliamsUNDATED. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers exercised contract options Thursday to keep fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOO’-chehk) and slot cornerback K’Waun Williams on the team for the 2020 season.Juszczyk is a valuable part of San Francisco’s offense as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield. He will earn more than $5 million in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2017.Williams will be paid more than $2 million next season as a key part of the defense that helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl this year. NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has hit Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart with a $35,000 fine for confronting and verbally abusing the game officials at the end of Tuesday’s 129-120 overtime loss to the Nets.The league said the punishment reflected his history of misconduct on the court.The Celtics blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter of that game and were outscored, 11-2 in overtime.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs reach MWC semis March 6, 2020 The Flyers picked up their eighth straight win as Carter Hart turned back 28 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Hurricanes. Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv), Michael Raffl (RA’-ful), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored for the Flyers, who are 24-5-4 at home.Patric Hornqvist scored twice and the Penguins inched closer to the Metropolitan lead with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Sidney Crosby and Marcus Pettersson also scored as Pittsburgh won its second straight since a six-game slide.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Bruins continue to pace the Atlantic Division by nine points over the Lightning after Torey Krug (kroog) scored 4:08 into overtime to send Boston past the Panthers, 2-1. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 32 shots in the Bruins’ fourth straight win.— Tampa Bay won for just the second time in seven games as Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) posted his 21st career shutout by stopping 32 shots in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Victor Hedman scored twice and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) added a goal and an assist for the Lightning. NHL-HURRICANES-PESCEPesce has surgeryRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) has had surgery on his right shoulder with a recovery time estimated at 4-6 months.The 25-year-old Pesce had four goals and 18 points in 61 games this season. He was hurt in the second period of the Hurricanes’ win at Toronto on Feb. 22.MLB-NEWS Flyers grab share of 1st when Caps lose in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have moved into a first-place tie with Washington in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, with the Pittsburgh Penguins climbing within three points of the lead.The Caps lost their division lead when Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zioh-BAN’-eh-jad) scored his career-high fifth goal of the night, beating Ilya Samsonov (sam-DOH’-nahv) at 33 seconds of overtime to send the Rangers past Washington, 6-5. Zibanejad is the first Ranger to score five times in a game since Mark Pavelich in February 1983.Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) had three assists for the Blueshirts, who are just a point behind the Islanders for the second Eastern Conference wild-card.The Capitals lost for the ninth time in 13 games despite Alex Ovechkin’s (oh-VEHCH’-kihnz) two goals. ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every owns the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one shot ahead of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.The 309th-ranked Every played in the tough afternoon wind while firing a 7-under 65. Not only was it Every’s lowest round at Bay Hill, it was 20 shots better than his last round six days ago in the Honda Classic.McIlroy’s 66 came during morning play. He hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in any tournament since September.Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler share third at minus-5.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR Update on the latest sports — Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the game gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead late in the second period of a 4-3 victory against Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) had two more assists to run his league-leading point total to 110, but the Oilers failed to pull into a first-place tie with Vegas in the Pacific Division.— Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) shootout goal gave the Kings a 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots in his first shutout of the season and 52nd of his career.— Craig Anderson turned back 37 shots as the Senators handed the Islanders their fifth consecutive loss, 4-3. Anthony Duclair’s 23rd goal of the season broke a 2-2 deadlock late in the second period.— Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) and Ryan Suter (SOO’-tur) each had a goal and assist in the Wild’s sixth consecutive road win, 3-2 against the Sharks. Minnesota moved ahead of Vancouver for the second wild card in the West.— Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) each scored power-play goals as the Predators blanked the Stars, 2-0 to end a three-game losing streak. Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) made 32 saves for his third shutout this season and the 10th of his career. In other MLB news:— The White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with Yoán Moncada, a deal that includes a $25 million club option for 2025 that would make the agreement worth $90 million for six seasons. The White Sox acquired the 24-year-old Moncada in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox. The third baseman broke out last season by setting career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs.— Aaron Judge hasn’t given up on being ready for the Yankees’ opener at Baltimore on March 26, but still doesn’t know the cause of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder. The star right fielder has undergone more than half a dozen tests, and more are scheduled. Judge stopped workouts about a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Then he felt soreness on Feb. 28 while hitting in an indoor cage for the second consecutive day.— The Cubs have scratched pitcher Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis because of illness. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough yesterday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. He posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but said it was his understanding Darvish had a daily illness and should be fine by tomorrow.— Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team. Koosman will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington. Koosman was runner-up for the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year and won 21 games for the 1976 Mets. His five-hitter beat Baltimore in the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title. — No. 19 Ohio State prevented Illinois from moving into a four-way tie for the Big Ten lead by downing the 23rd-rated Illini, 71-63. Kaleb Wesson furnished 19 points in the Buckeyes’ fourth straight win, while teammate E.J. Liddell tied a career high with 17 points and had 11 rebounds.— Christian Vital had 26 points and James Bouknight had 17 as UConn notched its fourth straight win, 77-71 against No. 21 Houston.— No. 25 Michigan blew out Nebraska, 82-58 as Jon Teske scored 12 points and Zavier Simpson added 11 in their home finale. Isaiah Livers had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.COLLEGE ATHLETICS-KANSAS-NCAAKansas denies NCAA accusations Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori also said that 140 children will not be sent to Greece to give the flame a send-off on March 19. The Olympic torch will be lighted on March 12 in a ceremony in Greece and then flown to Japan to arrive on March 20. It is to arrive in Miyagi in northern Japan at a Japan Air Self-Defense base.The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have repeated over and over that the Olympics will open as scheduled, and the Paralympics are set to begin on Aug. 25. Virologists, however, say it’s impossible to tell if the spreading virus will allow that to happen, and a cancellation or a postponement are possible. Twelve deaths in Japan have been attributed to the virus. China is reporting more than 3,000 deaths from the virus. Outbreaks are surging in Italy, Iran, and South Korea.Despite the spreading virus, Tokyo Olympic organizers finally held a test event Friday, after postponing several. A sport climbing event was allowed to go ahead, with a few restrictions: no fans and no top athletes. Instead they used amateurs to test the climbing facility.Almost all sports events and large gatherings have been shut down in Japan.NBA-SCHEDULE UNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State has reached the Mountain West Conference semifinals by surviving a tough test from Air Force.Jordan Schakel scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the Aztecs rallied for a 73-60 win over the Falcons. Air Force led 44-39 until Schakel hit back-to-back 3s to give San Diego State its first lead since early in the first half. The long-range buckets ignited a 21-3 run that sent the Aztecs to their 13th consecutive victory.Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn had 16 points each as San Diego State improved to 29-1 overall this season.In other top-25 finals:— Payton Pritchard furnished 20 points and 13th-ranked Oregon used an early scoring outburst to coast past California, 90-56. Anthony Matthis added 17 points on 5 for 6 shooting from 3-point range to help the Ducks move back into a first-place tie with UCLA in the Pac-12 with one game remaining. In other NFL news:— The NFL Players Association has sent ballots to members for voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement. The NFLPA announced that votes would be accepted through March 12 at one minute before midnight. The more than 2,000 members will have a window of about 7 1/2 days to examine the 439-page document and cast a yes or no vote. Ratification requires a simple majority based on the number of returned ballots.— Police say New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon when he attempted to board a plane at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Police say the first-round draft pick last season has a permit in his home state of Alabama for the handgun. It was not immediately known whether the gun was loaded.PGA-PALMER INVITATIONALEvery leads Palmer by 1 over McIlroy Sale has a flexor strain, leading Bosox to get McHughUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery — for now.The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and elbow specialists.Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last Aug. 19 and did not sustain additional damage.With Sale’s season in doubt, the Red Sox and right-hander Collin McHugh have worked out a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $600,000, a deal that allows him to earn up to $4.25 million. The 32-year-old McHugh was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 35 appearances for the Astros last season, working primarily out of the bullpen. He was a 19-game winner in 2015, but he’s won just 15 games over the last three seasons.
STORRS, Conn. — Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes have lifted Syracuse all season. The two leading scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference have been co-alphas in the Orange attack, and the two main pieces opposing coaches focus on.The triangle-and-two defense that Iowa State runs is designed to put an extra defender on the opposing team’s two best players. The SU guards had fewer driving lanes, but there was space open on the wings. So they fed Gabby Cooper.She made the first shot for SU, a 3-pointer from the corner. Three possessions later, she made another one. And then another one two possessions after that.“The shots that Cooper was getting early, that was part of the plan,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said.“The plan was not to go 2-for-18 in the first quarter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Quentin Hillsman set a clear goal from the beginning of the season. He wanted his team to prove that last year’s run to the national championship game was no fluke. Eighth-seeded Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) took the first step in doing that, using a massive first quarter to set the tone in an 85-65 drubbing over ninth-seeded Iowa State (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. SU will play top-seeded and undefeated Connecticut on Monday in a rematch of last year’s national championship.The first quarter ended with SU up 25 on the Cyclones. While the scoreboard was close the rest of the way, the damage had already been done.“We weren’t knocked out,” Fennelly said about the team’s outlook after first quarter, “but we were wobbling pretty bad.”Cooper’s hot 3-point shooting forced the Iowa State defense to adjust and start covering her. That meant new scoring opportunities for Sykes.She began by hitting a 3-pointer from the wing. The next possession she drove right, crossed over left and pulled up for a flailing jumper, drawing a foul for an and-1.All the while, Iowa State struggled to break the Orange pressure. On some possessions, 20 seconds were used trying to get the ball past midcourt before running a weave at the top of the key to search for a crack in the defense.The Cyclones averaged just 12 turnovers per game, one of the best marks in the country. They committed that many in the first half alone.“Our defense feeds our offense,” Sykes said. “Our defense is ultimately going to carry us through this Tournament.”ISU’s adjustments were enough to win the second quarter by four, limiting the Orange to just 12 points. Ten of those came from Sykes, and SU still entered halftime with a 21-point advantage.In the third quarter, ISU managed to cut its deficit as low as 17 on five different occasions. Each time was met with a counterstrike from either Peterson (25 points), Cooper (24) or Sykes (28), who combined to score nearly all of the Orange’s points.It came as a surprise when Syracuse was selected as a No. 8 seed to begin with, something Fennelly alluded to. The team that had been ranked inside the Top 25 for much of the season showed why that spot seemed low on Saturday.Now, the Orange gets a national championship game rematch against UConn, winners of 108 straight games. Syracuse will be a major underdog, but it’s not a position the team seems to mind.Just like it always has — at the start of the season and even when it was up 22 late in the fourth against ISU — the Orange will pressure the ball and shoot 3s. It’s the formula that’s fueled it up to this point and that isn’t going to change.“We always talk about … the lifetime of the opportunity,” Hillsman said. “And the lifetime of the opportunity is 40 minutes. So there’s no sense for you to go out there now and start pulling the reigns back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was unhappy Chelsea striker Diego Costa got away with what looked like two stamps on his players during last night’s League Cup semi-final second leg.Chelsea won the match 1-nil after extra time to go through to the final 2-1 on aggregate.Although Rodgers concedes the referee probably didn’t see the incidents, he’s frustrated Costa went unpunished. In tonight’s semi final second leg Spurs take a 1-0 lead to Sheffield United.