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Darren Weir: Australian trainer will not contest charges carrying possible four-year ban

Australian Weir has won more than 30 races at the elite Grade One level Australian trainer Darren Weir faces a ban of four years after deciding not to contest charges brought against him for the possession of equipment used to deliver electric shocks to horses. Police seized four of the illegal Taser-type devices at the Melbourne Cup winner’s stables on 30 January. At a hearing with Racing Victoria, Mr Weir, 48, said he would not contest three charges brought against him. Assistant trainer Jarrod McLean will contest some of the…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – FIFA and CBF announce new four-year activity plan for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund

Updated contract details monitoring, reporting and compliance measures for Legacy Fund Initial USD 25 million payment to kick-start activity plan proposed for 2019 Communities from states that did not host FIFA World Cup matches in 2014 to also benefit from football development and legacy projects FIFA and the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) have today given an update on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund, confirming the start of a four-year programme that will lead to a total of USD 100 million being invested into football development and legacy projects…

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Bears give Massie four-year extension

Dec 16, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) and strong safety Adrian Amos (38) and offensive tackle Bobby Massie (70) take the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The Chicago Bears retained a key piece of their offensive line, signing right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year extension on Saturday. Terms were not announced. Massie, 29, just finished his seventh season as a pro and third with Chicago. He has missed just…

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Athletics: British sprinter Levine gets four-year doping ban

(Reuters) – Britain’s Olympic sprinter Nigel Levine has been banned from the sport for four years after failing a drugs test. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Nigel Levine competes at Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 19/08/2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Levine was provisionally suspended in February and on Tuesday UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed the 29-year-old’s ban. UKAD said Levine “tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance clenbuterol, an Anabolic Agent, following an Out-of-Competition test on 24 November 2017.” Levine, who specializes in the 400 meters, competed at the 2016…

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Swimming: Former world champion Magnini handed four-year ban

FILE PHOTO: Italy’s Filippo Magnini reacts after winning the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 49th International Swimming Sette Colli Trophy in Rome June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito/File Photo ROME (Reuters) – Retired two times swimming world champion Filippo Magnini was handed a four-year ban by Italy’s anti-doping agency on Tuesday along with ex-relay team mate Michele Santucci. The agency, NADO Italia, announced the penalty in a statement. Magnini, 36, won 100 meter freestyle golds at the 2005 and 2007 world championships as well as a 4×200 freestyle relay bronze…

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Kenya’s Kalalei gets four-year doping ban

(Reuters) – Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei, who won the Athens marathon last November, has been banned for four years after testing positive for blood-booster EPO, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has said. FILE PHOTO – Athletics – Athens Marathon – Athens, Greece – November 12, 2017 – Kenyan Samuel Kalalei reacts while finishing first in the Athens Marathon Men’s race. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Kalalei’s urine sample, which was collected after the Rotterdam Marathon in April, had returned positive for EPO. The 23-year-old was provisionally suspended by AIU, the independent agency…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Tabarez signs four-year contract renewal with Uruguay

Oscar Tabarez signs four-year contract extension with Uruguay Deal sees him take charge of La Celeste for a fifth period The Uruguayan has been at the helm since March 2006 The Uruguay Football Association announced that an agreement has been reached between long-time head coach Oscar Tabarez and his staff to continue leading the national team for another four years. Tabarez and his coaching staff, including Celso Otero, Mario Rebollo and Jose Herrera, take charge for a fifth period. They have been at the helm since March 2006. During that…

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It’s official: LeBron inks four-year contract with Lakers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – LeBron James made his seismic move to the Los Angeles Lakers official on Monday when the three-time NBA champion posted a photo of himself smiling alongside his freshly-signed four-year, $154 million contact. FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to not getting a foul called during the third quarter of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The news of the contract…

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Science 

Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese space probe named after a falcon arrived at an asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth on Wednesday after a three-and-a half year journey on a mission to seek the origins of life. The Hayabusa 2 blasted off in December 2014 for the asteroid Ryugu on a pioneering mission to take samples that scientists hope will help reveal how life began. Its round-trip mission is set to take six years. “Everything has gone as planned,” a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told a…

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James agrees to four-year, $154 million deal with Lakers

(Reuters) – Three-time NBA champion LeBron James bid farewell to Cleveland on Sunday after agreeing to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. FILE PHOTO: Jun 6, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Shamus/pool photo-USA TODAY Sports The 33-year-old forward leaves the Cavaliers to join an iconic franchise that has won 16 NBA titles but is rebuilding…

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