Other Sports IAAF ban on Russian athletes over state-sponsored doping remains

first_imgDoha: The IAAF said that it will maintain its ban on Russian athletes over doping that it imposed in 2015, following a council meeting of top officials in Qatar. Rune Andersen, head of the doping task force for the International Association of Athletics Federations, said two issues remained unresolved — the examination of data received from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the issue of outstanding costs being sought from Russia because of the scandal. “Two key issues remain outstanding,” said Andersen at a press conference in Doha. “These need to be resolved.” He also said his task force was looking into claims that coaches from the discredited Russian athletics regime were still involved in the sport which, Andersen said, “run counter to assurances” received from Moscow. Asked if this latest extension of the ban meant Russian athletes would not be able to compete under the flag at this year’s world championships in Doha in September and October, Andersen said there was still time but conditions “have to be met” by Russia. IAAF head Sebastian Coe refused to be drawn on whether Russia had time to enter the worlds, saying he didn’t “want to speculate” on the country’s chances.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. A dozen Russian athletes were suspended in February over doping.Many Russian athletes are allowed to compete under a neutral banner.IAAF suspended Russia in November 2015 after the eruption of a vast state-sponsored doping scandal.center_img “Let’s see where this process takes us. And then make whatever adjustments we might need to,” Coe said in a conference call with reporters. “At the moment it’s important we don’t start speculating. It will be dependent on the recommendations given by the task force.” Doping fallout Responding to the IAAF’s concerns, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov insisted that any coach found to have been involved in doping was barred from working with the national team. “The coaches and the athletes who have been banned for doping are automatically excluded from the national squad participants’ list,” Kolobkov said. Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the head of the All-Russian Athletics Federation, said the claims about the coaches and the issue of the payment of outstanding debts would be discussed at a meeting with Andersen later this monnth. “I’m confident that we will find the solution that will settle the situation,” he added. The IAAF suspended Russia in November 2015 after the eruption of a vast state-sponsored doping scandal. The decision to keep the ban in place was the 10th time the IAAF has turned down Russia’s appeal for reinstatement, having requested the same assurances when it upheld the ban in December. A team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) gained access to the Moscow laboratory at the centre of the scandal in January and officials are working their way through the mass of data recovered. Although the International Biathlon Federation still excludes Russia, the IAAF is the last of the high-profile international sports bodies to ban athletes from competing under the Russian flag, although many Russians are allowed to compete under a neutral banner. The International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee a year ago and WADA reinstated Russia in September. Russia’s Paralympic ban was lifted in early February. The fallout from the scandal continues. A dozen more Russian athletes were suspended on February 1 based on the revelations of the McLaren report on the doping scandal. The 12 included high jumper Ivan Ukhov who was stripped of his 2012 Olympic gold.  last_img read more

Carrying the load: Weight of Syracuse’s title hopes falls on Treanor’s shoulders as one of country’s top attacks

first_img Published on February 5, 2015 at 8:11 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Everyone on Syracuse knew about Kayla Treanor before she knew about them.Gary Gait, the head coach, bragged about her before she graduated high school. He talked about her stick skills. He talked about how she could fit into SU’s offense. He talked about how great of a player she could be.But before she had to play a significant role for the Orange as an attack, it was just talk.“She came in and had that swagger like, ‘I’m a freshman, but I’m going to play with these people in D-I lacrosse,’” former SU attack Michelle Tumolo said. “… You’d never know if she was a freshman or a senior.“She just plays her heart out.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Tumolo tore her ACL in April 2013, Treanor, a freshman at the time, filled in at the left attack position and was forced to use her left hand as effectively as her naturally dominant right hand. All Treanor had were expectations then, but nothing tangible.But this year, there’s a reputation for her to uphold. There is no Tumolo, and there is no Alyssa Murray. Treanor is the centerpiece of the No. 4 SU offense and if Syracuse were to win its first national title in a women’s sport, it would likely be because of her. Treanor’s 117 points last season led the country and her 79 goals ranked second nationwide.Treanor developed her stick skills, the strongest point of her game, by receiving feedback from Gait. Treanor says Gait, a former SU lacrosse player, has the best stick skills of any player she’s ever seen. In previous seasons, Treanor could also learn from dynamic attacks like Tumolo and Murray on an everyday basis and model her own game after them.“Now it’s her opportunity to lead the offense,” Gait said, “and I think the experience she’s gained by playing on attack is valuable and you’re going to see the results of it this year.”The day before Syracuse’s final four game against Maryland in 2013, Gait mentioned a move to Treanor during a walk-through that he thought she could be successful with. The next day, Treanor scored twice with that exact move, coming from behind the goal, running toward one side of the net, reversing direction behind the crease, attacking the opposite side and scoring with a clinical dip-and-dunk over the goalie.“I use (that move) all the time now,” Treanor said.Because Treanor’s ambidextrous, defenders don’t know which hand to defend. When she charges toward one side, they don’t know if she’ll continue that way or reverse into the opposite direction.On the rare occasion that defenders do slow Treanor down, she’ll throw a behind-the-back pass — something Gait made a career out of — or maybe even fake the fancy play and keep running. In high school, she would throw passes to teammates who weren’t even ready to catch. Treanor has even made a habit of scoring while standing behind goal line extended and curving the ball in.“She’s so dominant because you literally don’t know what’s going to come next,” Tumolo said. “… It’s really almost impossible to shut her down.”Before she got to college, Treanor played midfield. And though it’s common for college coaches to recruit high school midfielders and move them around the field, Treanor spent more time focusing on the endurance needed to play on both sides of the field.At Syracuse, she’s dedicated all of her time to the attack position, which is centered more on controlling the offense with the ball in her stick and taking on defenders one-on-one.While Treanor also has an uncanny ability to pass, too — her 38 assists last season tied her for 14th best in the country — it’s her killer instinct to take over games that separates her.The summer before her sophomore year of high school, the goalie on Albany Elite, her travel team, couldn’t play in the second half of a game during a tournament and there was no backup. With no one in goal, Treanor won the first eight draw controls after halftime and each time, Albany Elite scored in the eventual blowout win.“It was just like bing, bing, bing, bing,” said Peter Melito, Treanor’s travel coach and varsity coach at Niskayuna (New York) High School. “… That to me was just like wow. It was unheard of.”And though Melito says Treanor put on performances like this game after game, she was never satisfied. Treanor played soccer and basketball for most of her life and only picked up lacrosse in seventh grade, so she felt she had to make up for the missed time by working even harder.After practices in high school, she would go home and play wall ball against the bounce-back net in her front yard. During this past Winter Break, Treanor would work out up to three times a day.“You never want to stay the same, you never want to plateau,” Treanor said. “So I have so much to work on.”In the fall of her junior year of high school, Treanor tore the ligaments in her left ankle and felt the pain for the rest of the school year.But it didn’t stop her. She played through her soccer, basketball and lacrosse seasons with the injury.“I just love sports so much, you don’t even think about it,” Treanor said.She grew up idolizing athletes like Bo Jackson — a former professional football and baseball player — whose documentary she watched as a child.But now the roles have shifted. She’s the idol. She’s a frontrunner for this year’s Tewaaraton Award, which is given to college lacrosse’s best player.She’s a product of centerpiece players that have come before her. But Treanor is looking to do something that no one else has done before: lead Syracuse to a national championship.Said Treanor: “The hope is the better I am, the better our team will be.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ This is placeholder text Advertisement Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

MLB wrap: Yankees’ home run streak comes to an end in loss to Mets

first_imgThe Yankees went homerless vs. the Mets tonight, which ends their 31-game HR streak – the longest in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/NaFfE5Ovgj— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 3, 2019The Yankees struck first with two runs in the second before JD Davis cut the score to 2-1 in the sixth with a solo homer.It’s outta here! @JDDavis26 gets us on the board. #LGM pic.twitter.com/dSviWPYNte— New York Mets (@Mets) July 3, 2019Davis tied the game with an RBI double two innings later and Michael Conforto then put the Mets ahead for good with a two-RBI double of his own. Related News Michael’s mayhem. 🔥🔥🔥 #MetsWin pic.twitter.com/lpv8vK0sgz— New York Mets (@Mets) July 3, 2019Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings while the bullpen, which has struggled of late, threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.The Mets improved to 39-47 with the win while the Yankees dropped to 54-29.Studs of the nightRafael Devers was 4 for 5 with two home runs and six RBIs in the Red Sox’s 10-6 win over the Blue Jays.Rafael Devers. That’s it. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/B88HmvKdPv— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 3, 2019Aaron Nola threw eight shutout innings in the Phillies’ 2-0 victory over the Braves.Dud of the nightDwight Smith Jr. went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Orioles’ 6-3 loss to the Rays. HighlightsThe Reds registered a walk-off win in an unconventional way. Longtime Yankees announcer John Sterling ending three-decade streak The Yankees’ impressive streak has come to an end.The team failed to hit a home run in a 4-2 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday. The Yankees entered the matchup having homered in an MLB record 31 straight games. MLB trade rumors: Astros unwilling to move this prospect in deal for Tigers’ Matthew Boyd MLB trade rumors: Mets open to moving Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas The Wild Horse’s mad dash.(MLB x @BankofAmerica) pic.twitter.com/kP6HWunezm— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2019Javier Baez to Anthony Rizzo.Come for Javy’s defense, stay for Rizzo’s defense.(MLB x @MassageEnvy) pic.twitter.com/dWO34LIlSM— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2019What’s nextPhillies (45-40) at Braves (50-36) — The two National League East rivals will continue their three-game series at SunTrust Park on Wednesday. Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.63 ERA) will take the mound for Philadelphia while Atlanta will counter with Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA). The Braves hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Phillies for first place in the National League East entering the matchup.last_img read more