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‘The judges are in love with her’: US columnist attacks ‘strategic’ Russian skater Zagitova

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan has launched a scathing attack on Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, criticizing the teenager’s “strategic” routine and calling for judges to penalize her composition. Best-selling skating author Brennan bemoaned the “imbalance” of Zagitova’s planned long program at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, which she says is unfairly stacked with seven jumps in the last two ...

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‘Doping is absolutely useless in curling’ – European champion Anna Sidorova

Two-time European curling champion Anna Sidorova says that performance-enhancing drugs are ineffective in curling, which requires intellectual skill rather than physical strength. In an exclusive interview with RT, world silver medalist Sidorova said that apart from being physically fit, a successful curler should be psychologically strong and able to handle pressure. “I don’t think that doping can be useful in ...

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Slovenian ice hockey player expelled from PyeongChang after positive doping test

A member of the Slovenian ice hockey squad has been expelled from the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Ziga Jeglic tested positive for the beta-2 stimulant, which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Jeglic’s in-competition test revealed the presence of fenoterol, an asthma drug which helps to open the airways to the lungs. READ MORE: Norwegian Olympians found with alarming ...

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‘Sheer evil’ pedophile football coach Barry Bennell handed 30 years in jail

Pedophile former football coach and scout Barry Bennell, described as “sheer evil” and the “devil incarnate,” has been sentenced to 30 years in jail with one year on license for abusing dozens of youth players over three decades. Bennell was told by the judge during sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday that he had inflicted “the maximum impact upon ...

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Olympic lip-lock: Gay kiss at PyeongChang 2018 greeted with acclaim

A kiss between openly-gay Team USA snowboarder Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas at PyeongChang 2018 has received acclaim after it was candidly caught on camera and broadcast worldwide. When slope-styler Kenworthy, competing with a broken rib, locked lips with Wilkas at PyeongChang’s Phoenix Snow Park at the ongoing Winter Games, the unwitting couple’s kiss was picked up by ...

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WADA officers disrupt Russian figure skating star Zagitova’s training

Olympic figure skating gold medal contender Alina Zagitova was prevented from conducting a full training session on Monday, after a doping officer interrupted the Russian’s practice in PyeongChang. Read more “Zagitova took to the ice as was scheduled, but several minutes later she was forced to leave the skating rink, because a doping officer ordered her to take a doping ...

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Iran wrestler banned for throwing match to avoid Israeli matchup

The Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation is to protest a 6 month ban handed to its wrestler Alireza Karimi, who threw a fight to avoid meeting an Israeli counterpart. Karimi, who competes in the under-86 kilogram weight class, was punished after being found guilty of deliberately losing his Under-23 World Championship quarter-final against Russian wrestler Alikhan Zhabrayilov in Poland ...

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Flash dance: Costume malfunction leaves French Olympic figure skaters red-faced (PHOTOS)

Olympic ice dancing medal contenders Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France suffered an embarrassing mishap during their routine on Monday, when Papadakis’ top came unhooked, exposing her left breast. The clasp at the neckline of the skater’s dress came off just several seconds into the pair’s short dance performance, meaning the couple spent the rest of the time concentrating ...

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