Chase Utley appeal hearing set for Oct. 19, after NLDS

first_imgNEW YORK— Dodgers infielder Chase Utley will not have his appeal heard until next Monday, Oct. 19, clearing him to play in the National League Division Series. Major League Baseball suspended Utley for two games following his slide in Game 2 of the series that fractured the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley immediately appealed the suspension, making him eligible to play until the appeal is heard. Utley was booed heavily during pregame introductions before Game 3 on Monday, followed by disparaging chants during both Monday’s and Tuesday’s games at Citi Field.Despite expressing concern for Utley’s security, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he considered Utley available to play both games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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‘Serious’ doubts over Russian, Kenyan athletes – IOC chief

first_img“In this decision-making process, the absence of a positive national anti-doping test should not be considered sufficient by the IFs. This means that the respective IF should take into account other reliable adequate testing systems in addition to national anti-doping testing.“This decision about the ‘level playing field’ in each of their very different Olympic sports, and eligibility, including of their member National Federations, should be taken by each IF taking into account all the specific circumstances in the relevant National Federations, any available evidence, the World Anti-Doping Code and the specific rules of their sport.”Bach added that Russian athletes who pass an individual test by the IAAF would compete under their nation’s flag at the Rio Games.“If there are athletes qualified then they will compete as members of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee,” Bach told reporters.Bach dismissed suggestions that Russian track and field stars could compete under a neutral or Olympic flag, as had been suggested when the IAAF extended its ban on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP |Deficiencies in the anti-doping systems in Russia and Kenya have created doubts about the presumption of innocence for athletes from both countries, the Olympics chief said Tuesday.“Because of the (World Anti-Doping Agency) non-compliance declaration of Kenya and Russia and the related substantial allegations, the Olympic Summit considers the ‘presumption of innocence’ of athletes from these countries being put seriously into question,” International Olympics Committee chief Thomas Bach said in a statement.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday voted to uphold Russia’s suspension, first imposed in November after a WADA report unveiled state-sponsored doping and widespread corruption in Russian athletics.Similarly, Kenya has come under the IAAF and WADA spotlight over its flagging anti-doping control system, necessitating changes to legislation to avoid exclusion of its world-beating distance runners from August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.“As a result, every IF (international federation) should take a decision on the eligibility of such athletes on an individual basis to ensure a level playing field in their sport,” Bach continued in a stark warning.last_img read more

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English club golfers will share The Open stage

first_img Tags: Carnoustie, Nine hole, R&A Twenty English club golfers will tee it up at Carnoustie shortly before the world’s greatest golfers compete at The 147th Open in July.They’ll be among the 42 men and women from across GB&I who will compete in pairs in the final of The R&A’s 9-hole championship. It takes place on Saturday 14 July and will played over the first four and last five holes of the Championship Course at Carnoustie.The finish, over the 16th, 17th and 18th, is considered by many to be the toughest in golf and has created play-offs at the last three stagings of The Open. It’s where Jean van de Velde came to grief in the Barry Burn before eventually conceding the 1999 title to Scotland’s Paul Lawrie; and where  Padraig Harrington twice visited the burn before triumphing in 2007.The 20 English players will secure their places in club qualifying events.  All clubs affiliated to England Golf are invited to run a 9 hole stableford qualifier before 22 June. They must be open to men, women, boys and girls who are club members with a CONGU handicap.The finalists’ costs for travel and accommodation on Friday 13 July will be met by The R&A and they will also be entertained at a dinner on the Friday evening and at a closing lunch and presentation on Saturday after play.The R&A and England Golf promote 9 hole golf as a way to play and enjoy the game in less time, both socially and competitively for handicap purposes. Competitors will also adopt Ready Golf in the final, which is designed to speed up play.Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A said: “Nine hole golf is continuing to grow in popularity among golfers so we are encouraging clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland to offer men, women and juniors more opportunities to enjoy this shorter format of the game, both socially and competitively.“Following the success of last year’s event, we are working with our affiliates in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to support more clubs holding qualifying events for their members with the incentive of playing one of world’s most renowned courses ahead of The Open.”The Open Championship will be played at Carnoustie from Thursday to Sunday, 19-22 July 2018.Carnoustie image courtesy The R&A 16 Jan 2018 English club golfers will share The Open stage last_img read more

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