MOSCOW " At least 85 athletes from the 387-strong Russian team announced last week have so far been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in connection with the country's doping scandal. International federations in canoeing and modern pentathlon ruled out seven Russians on Tuesday, including a 2012 gold medalist, following on from earlier rulings in swimming and rowing. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
" OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST " Real-time updates.
LONDON " As controversy and division engulfs the upcoming Olympics there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence. You'd expect nothing less from the world's fastest man. But preying on the Jamaican sprinter's mind is the fear of hitting 30 next month, the toll of injuries and even being caught up in an extremist attack. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
Never before have Kenya's fabulously successful runners gone to the Olympics in such a negative light. Kenya has a doping problem, no doubt, but seemingly not on the same scale as Russia. There's no indication that the East African country has a state-sponsored conspiracy to hide cheating. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 815 words, photos.
NEW DELHI " Two Indian competitors proclaimm their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, set to represent India in the 74-kilogram category at the Olympics, said his food supplements were spiked, causing the positive test. By Nirmala George. SENT: 410 words, photos.
MOSCOW " The Olympic team of Belarus complains that the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro is unsanitary, with no hot water and a failing sewage system, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns. SENT: 130 words.
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka " Australia recovers from the loss of two early wickets to reach 66 for two as rain brings an early close to the opening day of the test series, cutting the first-innings deficit to 51 runs after dismissing Sri Lanka for a meagre 117. Play did not get underway after the tea break due to persistent drizzle. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 425 words, photos.
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka " Muttiah Muralitharan has come under fire from Sri Lanka's cricket board chief for helping rival Australia in a heated buildup to the three-test series. Muralitharan, retired with a world record 800 test wickets, has been a coaching consultant for Australia ahead of the first test starting Tuesday in Pallekele. SENT: 345 words, photos.
" CRI--South Africa-Race " The South African cricket federation is introducing rules to have a certain number of non-white players on its national team. SENT: 135 words.
LYON, France " Lyon turns down an offer of 35 million euros ($38.5 million) from Premier League side Arsenal for star striker Alexandre Lacazette. Lyon says Lacazette, who has scored 48 league goals in the past two seasons, "is irreplaceable and one of the main leaders" in coach Bruno Genesio's team. SENT: 104 words.
MARSEILLE, France " Giovanni Ciccolunghi replaces Vincent Labrune as president of French club Marseille. The 72-year-old Italian-Swiss businessman, a specialist in sports marketing who previously worked for Adidas and for Robert Louis-Dreyfus, is reportedly coming in to help sell the club to a new buyer. SENT: 126 words.
BRISBANE, Australia " Nick Stiles has been appointed as head coach of the Queensland Reds on a two-year contract, given outright control of the job he has shared with Matt O'Connor since Richard Graham was released early in the season. SENT: 136 words.
CHICAGO " The Chicago Cubs, in contention for their first World Series title since 1908, address one of their few weaknesses by trading for closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 619 words, photos.
CHICAGO " The Cubs make the headlines off the field, but the White Sox take the plaudits on it when Tyler Saladino comes up with the game-ending hit to complete a 5-4 victory in the all-Chicago interleague clash. SENT: 668 words, photos.
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