Tag: London

Doping report details ‘institutional conspiracy’ in Russia

LONDON (AP) — A new report into systematic Russian doping details a wide-ranging "institutional conspiracy" that involved more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports, including evidence corroborating large-scale sample swapping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said Friday the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, national anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service, providing further details of state involvement in a massive program of cheating and cover-ups that ran on an "unprecedented scale" from 2011-15. "It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes," McLaren...

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For Michael Phelps, 6 gold medals seem very much in reach

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Michael Phelps arrived in Rio as a 31-year-old swimmer who retired once and endured plenty of turmoil away from the pool, everyone wondered just how many gold medals was a realistic goal. How does six sound? In his first appearance of these Summer Games, Phelps showed he is still capable of the kind of jaw-dropping, did-he-really-just-do-that? performances that already made him the most decorated Olympic athlete of them all. Going second in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps produced the fastest split of his career and put the Americans out front for good against...

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Museums Banning ‘Selfie-Sticks’

A movement banning selfie-sticks is becoming popular among museums of the world. London’s natural gallery museum is the most recent to ban the photo taking devices. The movement comes as a precautionary measure, making sure no accidental damage is done to exhibits. Selfie-sticks are already prohibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art along with Washington D.C’s National...

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Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Dennis Allen arrived in Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner Al Davis’ final years running the Raiders. Allen leaves Oakland after less than three seasons just like those others, having failed to turn around the downtrodden franchise. The Raiders fired Allen on Monday night after he lost the first four games of his third year as coach and often failed to field a competitive team. The decision was announced soon after the Raiders returned from London, where they lost their...

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Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa’s current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday’s attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Family members of the dead initially set upon the six volunteers and vandalized their cars, said Mariam Barry, a resident. Eventually a crowd gathered and...

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