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Brooks Koepka wins back-to-back US Open titles

Brooks Koepka wins back-to-back US Open titles

(CNN) - Brooks Koepka became the first man to win back-to-back US Open titles for 29 years after overcoming a testing and controversial week at Shinnecock Hills.The 28-year-old Floridian triumphed ... Continue Reading
LeBron James triumphant in a new NBA All-Star Game format

LeBron James triumphant in a new NBA All-Star Game format

(CNN) - A team led by LeBron James prevailed against a squad headed by rival Stephen Curry on Sunday night, 148-145, in the league's first player-drafted NBA All-Star Game.Fans hoping for a more c ... Continue Reading
Japanese speed skater Kei Saito suspended from Winter Olympics for doping

Japanese speed skater Kei Saito suspended from Winter Olympics for doping

(CNN) - Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito has been suspended from the Winter Olympics after a positive doping test.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Saito voluntarily accepted his provisional suspension after an out-of-competition test turned up signs of a masking agent.

Saito had been due to compete Wednesday in the second heat of the Men's 5,000 Meter Relay, according to the official Games website.

Instead, the 21-year-old athlete will leave the Olympic Village Tuesday.

This is the first doping violation of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. However, CAS pointed out that no results from the Games have been affected by the violation.

In a statement, Saito said he was surprised by the result and had not knowingly taken any prohibited drugs.

"I have consulted with medical experts to treat any injuries or sickness in advance and I have paid attention to my daily consumption of drinks and food," he said. "I have no merit and motivation for using this drug. I cannot think of any other case than I accidentally and unintentionally took it in."

Doping bans

The build up to the 2018 Winter Olympics had been dominated by doping news, with Russia banned from taking part after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) found the country had engaged in "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules.

Russian athletes who could prove they were clean were "invited" to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). They wear a uniform with that name on it, and the Olympic anthem is played at medal ceremonies for Russian athletes.

Some 150 athletes were cleared to compete, dozens more had appealed to CAS in the hopes it would force the IOC to reverse their bans, but their hopes were dashed last week when the court ruled against them, hours before the Games officially kicked off.

One of the athletes' whose Olympic dream was ended Friday was another speed skater: Viktor Ahn, a highly decorated athlete who was born in South Korea and competed for the country before becoming a naturalized Russian citizen.

High winds keep Mikaela Shiffrin waiting for her first chance at gold

High winds keep Mikaela Shiffrin waiting for her first chance at gold

(CNN) - US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for a first gold of the Winter Olympics in South Korea was put on hold after high winds forced the women's giant slalom to be postponed. Shiffrin, 22, be ... Continue Reading
Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor by TKO

Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor by TKO

(CNN) - In a result that shocked few, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Conor McGregor by technical knockout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.McGregor, though, surprised many by going toe to ... Continue Reading
Why there are no NCAA tournament games in North Carolina

Why there are no NCAA tournament games in North Carolina

(CNN) - March Madness is in full swing and a multitude of men's NCAA tournament first-round games tip off Thursday and Friday across the country. Two of the title favorites come from North Carolina - ... Continue Reading
Sevens World Series: Vancouver victory caps stellar weekend for English rugby

Sevens World Series: Vancouver victory caps stellar weekend for English rugby

(CNN) - As weekends go, it was a pretty good one for English rugby.A record-equaling 18th consecutive win for the test side was followed by victory for the sevens team at the World Series tourname ... Continue Reading

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