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Winner of 'dirtiest race in history' gets lifetime ban

Winner of 'dirtiest race in history' gets lifetime ban

Sports
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...
Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle

Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle

Business
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Logos Technologies is receiving a second Phase 2 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the development of the SilentHawk hybrid electric motorcycle.The motorcycle combines a RedShift MX racing bike produced by Alta Motors with a front-wheel drive system and range extender developed by Logos. It is designed to produce minimum engine noise for use by soldiers behind enemy lines."In 'silent' mode, when the range-extension genset is off, SilentHawk is about as loud as a normal office conversation," said Dale Turner, SilentHawk program manager."When the rider is out of harm's way, and the range-extension system is engaged to charge the motorcycle's propulsion battery and to provide auxiliary power for equipment, it's still only as loud a vacuum cleane...
Badger culling gets go ahead in 11 new areas of England

Badger culling gets go ahead in 11 new areas of England

Science
Licences have been issued for badger culling in 11 new areas in Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Cheshire.Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.A badger vaccination programme to stop the spread of TB is restarting.The Badger Trust condemned the policy as "politically motivated' and an "insult to the nation's intelligence".The new licences have been granted by Natural England.It follows a decision to extend culling in areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset.The government said it will launch a new advisory service for farmers in high risk areas this autumn advising them how to limit the spread of the disease.Farming Minister George Eustice said: "Bovine TB not only has a devastating impact on o...
MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

Entertainment
The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are always a big night for pop music, but were also dominated by political statements at a fiery show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.Artists spoke out against white supremacy and urged suicide awareness.Transgender military personnel attended days after US President Donald Trump signed a directive to ban them.The mother of Heather Heyer, killed during a protest against a far-right march, presented an award.Susan Bro handed out the Fight Against the System Award, just 15 days after Ms Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Virginia. Paying tribute to her daughter, she said: "I miss her, but I know she's here tonight."She was introduced by the stage by Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of the controversial general on the Confederate side of the US Civil...
Mayweather vs. McGregor: 'Money' gets $100M purse, 'Notorious' claims $30M

Mayweather vs. McGregor: 'Money' gets $100M purse, 'Notorious' claims $30M

Sports
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Irish UFC star Conor McGregor won't make as much as Floyd Mayweather from Saturday's showdown, but he will nearly double his net worth.McGregor is worth about $ 34 million, according to Forbes. The Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Friday that Mayweather will earn a guaranteed purse of $ 100 million, while McGregor's minimum purse is $ 30 million.ESPN and MMAFighting.com obtained the document from the commission revealing the purses.But the fighters will cash in for even more than the purses. Each has a share of the promotion. McGregor is set to rake in more than $ 100 million from that. Mayweather should make double or triple the amount of McGregor from the promotion.The other purses on the fight card include Gervonta Davis ($ 600,000), Francisco Fonseca ($ 35,000...