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Winner of 'dirtiest race in history' gets lifetime ban

Winner of 'dirtiest race in history' gets lifetime ban

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Former Olympic 1500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been banned for life after a third doping offence.In 2015, the 32-year-old was stripped of her 2012 Olympic and European titles and suspended for eight years by the Turkish Athletics Federation.She returned this year after the ban was halved and its start date backdated to 2013, but has since reoffended."We are never, ever going to allow doping," said Turkish Athletics Federation chief Fatih Cintimar.Six of the first nine finishers in the women's 1500m final at the 2012 Olympics have been given drugs bans, leading some to refer to it as the "dirtiest race in history". Straight after the race, Britain's Lisa Dobriskey, who finished 10th, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field."Cakir Alptekin previo...
'This is his season to be fit' – Andy Carroll faces a make-or-break season at West Ham according to Slaven Bilic

'This is his season to be fit' – Andy Carroll faces a make-or-break season at West Ham according to Slaven Bilic

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Injury-plagued striker Andy Carroll faces a make-or-break season at West Ham.The 28-year-old has two years left on his current contract, but he needs to stay fit to stand a chance of earning a new one.Otherwise West Ham may cut their losses on their one-time record signing next summer, rather than risk him leaving for nothing 12 months later.Carroll, who cost £15million from Liverpool, has missed 114 matches through a catalogue of injuries since he signed for the Hammers in 2012.He is currently fit, however, and poised to lead the line in Saturday's lunchtime London derby against Tottenham.Manager Slaven Bilic said: "He's got two years and this is, to be fair, his season to be fit, to stay fit."Because if we are talking about his contract, the question mark about him is his fitness, about
Jared Goff, Todd Gurley help lift Los Angeles Rams to wild win over San Francisco 49ers

Jared Goff, Todd Gurley help lift Los Angeles Rams to wild win over San Francisco 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jared Goff passed for 292 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley II scored three TDs as the Los Angeles Rams held on for a wild 41-39 victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night at Levi's Stadium. The Rams (2-1) ended a three-game losing streak to the 49ers (0-3), who remained winless under new coach Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco trailed 41-26 late in the fourth quarter, but two touchdowns cut the deficit. Running back Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run pulled the 49ers within 41-39 with 2:13 to go, but the two-point try failed when nose tackle Michael Brockers intercepted Hoyer's deflected pass intended for wide receiver Trent Taylor. Gurley rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and he caught five passes for 36 yards and ...
Diego Costa: Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid to sell striker

Diego Costa: Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid to sell striker

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Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club.The move, which will be completed in January, is subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.Atletico said the 28-year-old, who left the club to join Chelsea in 2014, would have a medical in the next few days.Spain international Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil.He cannot be registered as a player for the La Liga outfit until January, when the club's transfer window ban comes to an end. The two teams play each other next Wednesday in the Champions League.Brazil-born Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico for a reported £32m three years ago.He scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues, including 20 in the
Tampa Bay Rays halt Chicago Cubs' seven-game win streak

Tampa Bay Rays halt Chicago Cubs' seven-game win streak

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- For almost half the season, Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell couldn't find a way to earn a victory. Now he can't lose. Snell threw seven innings of two-hit shutout baseball, and Tampa Bay ended the Chicago Cubs' seven-game win streak, bouncing back with an 8-1 win on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Snell, who didn't earn a win in any of his first 15 starts this season, has now won four straight decisions and hasn't taken a loss in his last 10 starts. "I just learned I have to keep going -- you have to adapt, keep learning and keep making the adjustments you need to," Snell said after Wednesday's win. "I like the confidence that I had and kept believing in myself." The Rays (74-78) kept alive their slim hopes of an American League wild card, moving within four g...