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Rugby:'Waste sweat' and humidity a test for players at World Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) - This year's Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in Asia, will produce many unique challenges for the world's top players but one of the biggest might be Japan's varied climate.

Woods feels Durant's pain after Achilles injury

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Reuters) - Knowing all too well what it is like to be struck down by injury Tiger Woods spared a thought for Kevin Durant on Tuesday, after watching the Golden State Warriors forward crumple to the floor during a game against the Toronto Raptors.

Amateur Kawauchi takes alternative route to Boston glory

TOKYO (Reuters) - Yuki Kawauchi's improbable victory at the Boston Marathon on Monday was the crowning glory in the career of an amateur Japanese runner who has defied every convention in modern athletics.

Figure skating - Is there a downside to quad-fest?

HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Evan Lysacek struck gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics without attempting a single quadruple jump, men's figure skating was at a crossroads.

Moscow lab protected doped Russian athletes at Sochi - WADA

TORONTO (Reuters) - With the Rio Olympics less than three weeks away, the IOC on Monday promised "the toughest sanctions available" after a report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi winter Games.

International volleyball body lifts ban on Russia's Markin for taking meldonium

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian volleyball player Alexander Markin was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics if selected after the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) rescinded a ban imposed over a positive doping test for meldonium.

ISU rescinds ban on Russian athletes for taking meldonium

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The International Skating Union (ISU) has lifted a temporary ban imposed on three Russian athletes after they tested positive for the drug meldonium, a senior Russian sport official said on Thursday.

IAAF lifts Petrova suspension after U-turn on meldonium

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian triple jumper Gabriela Petrova had her doping suspension lifted by the IAAF on Monday, less than a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced an amnesty for athletes who had tested positive for meldonium before March 1.

Sharapova still faces meldonium hearing, says ITF

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation has said.

WADA announces meldonium amnesty

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Athletes who tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could have bans overturned less than four months before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after WADA said it was unable to establish how quickly the drug, outlawed since Jan. 1, cleared the human body.