‘Maria Sharapova can still make it to Rio Olympics’

first_imgMaria Sharapova will be returned to the national Olympic entry list for the 2016 Rio Games in case the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issues a positive ruling on her appeal, Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president Shamil Tarpishchev said.Two weeks ago Sharapova was reported to have filed an appeal with the CAS in Switzerland’s Lausanne against her two-year suspension, which was imposed on June 8 by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Tribunal over anti-doping violations, reports TASS. (Also Read: Maria Sharapova banned for two years for doping)”We are closely monitoring the news from CAS,” Tarpishchev said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday.”The decision must be made before July 18. In case of a positive appeal’s outcome Sharapova will replace (Ekaterina) Makarova.”Following the five-time Major champion’s suspension Tarpishchev had announced that Sharapova was substituted in the Olympic roster by Makarova, who at the moment had the better ranking in the Women Tennis Association (WTA).The RTF stated in late May that it decided to enter in the Olympic team Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavliuchenkova and Darya Kasatkina.In early March, Sharapova announced that her doping tests revealed the presence of performance enhancing drug meldonium in the body system. Following the announcement, the former World No.1 was provisionally suspended from all tennis-related activities.The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by WADA from January 1, 2016.The presence of the meldonium substance in the athlete’s blood during and between competitions is a violation of anti-doping rules. The substance belongs to S4 class on the WADA blacklist (hormones and metabolic modulators).advertisementWADA announced on April 13 that the concentration of less than one microgram of meldonium in the body system of an athlete, whose doping tests were conducted before March 1, was acceptable.last_img read more

FLAGSTAFF Ariz — Its got to be a little strange

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — It’s got to be a little strange when a rival withwhom you’ve butted heads for seven years is suddenly wearing thesame uniform you are.When the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent guard Adam Snyder,formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, that’s exactly what defensiveend Darnell Dockett had to be feeling. Dockett and Snyder hadbeen through the rigors of NFC West battles between the twoteams — and now they’re on the same side. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I don’t know how it differs, because he’s such an intense playerthat he goes hard all the time, so I’m kind of playing a game everypractice,” Snyder said on an interview with Burns and Gamboon Arizona Sports 620 Thursday. But despite his new surroundings, Snyder claims he feels totallycomfortable.“It’s been a very easy transition for me. The guys have been verywelcoming and I feel like I’ve been on this team for a long time,”Snyder said. “That says a lot about the guys that we have in thislocker room.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Fast forward four months — now the Dockett vs. Snyder battleshave shifted location.Instead of the two having tangles at University of Phoenix StadiumorCandlestick Park, they’re happening on the practice fields at NAU atCardinals Training Camp in Flagstaff.“We go at it pretty much,” Dockett said Thursday. “We don’t saymuch to each other going at it, then we’ll get off the field and we’llspeak and it’s like ‘what’s up? Hi. How you doing? I’m good.Alright. Bye.’ And then we walk away.”Dockett says the fact that they’re on the same team hasn’t changedthe nastiness between the two on the field.“We try to kill each other in 9-on-7, but that’s what I expect. If hewas to practice anything less than high-intensity, I’d probably saysomething to him,” Dockett said. “I don’t have to worry about him,he’s a veteran guy. Our biggest thing is trying to help each otherbetter and get ready for our first game of the season.”Snyder says, at least so far, nothing has changed in the intensitylevel of his matchups with Dockett — even though they’re bothCardinals now. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more