By Steve Keating(REUTERS) – Russia should be hit with a four-year Olympic ban and barred from all world championships for the manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.The recommendations were made by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and will be put to the executive committee at meetings in Paris on Dec. 9.In a 26-page report CRC said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) should be declared non-compliant after an investigation found data handed over from a tainted Moscow laboratory was neither complete nor fully authentic. Weary of a doping saga that has dragged on since 2015, WADA looks prepared to follow through on threats it made to come down hard on Russia if it failed to get control of the doping crisis.A four-year ban would prevent Russia from taking part in next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The CRC recommendations did, however, leave the door open for the participation of Russians as happened at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games where some of the country’s athletes competed as neutrals under the Olympic flag.These athletes would have to demonstrate that they are clean and meet a number of other strict conditions. The CRC also recommended that Russia not be allowed to host or bid for any major sporting event and any events that have already been awarded should be moved to another country, unless it was legally or practically impossible to do so.In addition, Russia may not bid for the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, irrespective of whether the bidding takes place during a ban.For a four-year period athletes and officials representing Russia, including the president, secretary-general, CEO and any member of the executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee, would not be welcome at any major sporting event. Russia can appeal any sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Russia was again under the doping microscope when WADA said in September that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies” that resulted in a decision to open a formal compliance procedure.In a controversial decision last September, the WADA executive committee voted to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation on the agreement that Russia would turn over data in a discredited Moscow laboratory.The Russian agency missed the December deadline but after last-minute brinkmanship a WADA inspection team was finally allowed to retrieve the data in January, recovering more than 2,200 samples. That was expected to bring an end to the Russian doping affair until the evidence of tampering was unearthed.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will face their in-state rivalry Saturday with Marquette at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are coming off a pair of Big Ten games against Ohio State and Penn State that they split 1-1, which featured a blowout loss at home to the Buckeyes and a tight road win at State College.Wisconsin and Marquette have split their last two matchups, with the road team winning each time. But Wisconsin (4-5) currently holds the all time series record of 64-55. The Badgers have been struggling with inconsistency in the early season and had a tough time rising to the challenge against top competition. The matchup against the Golden Eagles will give the Badgers another opportunity to make up for their early season disappointments.Head coach Greg Gard has been tinkering with his lineups recently to see what groups of players perform best together. A lot of those lineups have featured freshmen, giving the young team hope for future seasons. Four of their top eight players in minutes per game are freshmen, which means this team is inexperienced but with room to grow. Although the Badgers have endured challenges in the early season, they have time to prepare for January’s Big Ten play. Marquette will be another tough test for Wisconsin.Badgers in the NBA, where are all of your favorite former UW players currently at?The time has officially come for the NBA to shake off the dust on their uniforms and get back onto Read…The focal point on each end of the floor so far this season has been 2017 Third Team All-American forward Ethan Happ, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, as well as in assists and blocks. Happ has managed to be the anchor on defense while being main scoring option, which is no easy task.The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey, who average 22.4 and 21.6 points per game, respectively. They have been shooting the lights out so far this season with 3-point shooting percentages. Both players hover around an impressive 40 percent.This will be a tough challenge for the perimeter defense of Wisconsin, who has had a lot of trouble with opposing 3-point shooters this season, particularly against Xavier and Ohio State. The Badgers will have to limit these two perimeter scorers in order to take down Marquette. It is likely that Coach Gard will play Brad Davison to log heavy minutes in an effort to limit their offensive production.Tipoff for Saturday’s rivalry game will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kohl Center, and will be available to stream on FOX Sports 1.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald has resigned.The Fine Gael politician said she was resigning “by my own volition” and so as to prevent the country being forced into a snap general election.Ms Fitzgerald announced her resignation at 11.15am. Showing very little emotion, she insisted she was not asked to hand in her resignation.She also cited Brexit and other challenges facing the country as reasons behind her decision.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he accepted the resignation but said he did not believe it was the “right thing”.Jobs Minister Fitzgerald has been under intense pressure since the release of fresh emails last night. It’s understood Ms Fitzgerald indicated a willingness to stand aside rather than push the country to a General Election at today’s Cabinet meeting.Breaking: Election averted as Tanaiste resigns was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:electionresignTanaiste