first_imgTHE woes of Guyanese cyclist Alanzo Greaves continue to climb, as he is now hit with the news that the Caribbean Regional Anti-doping Organisation’s (RADO) one-year ban for his 2015 positive doping test has now been extended to an overall four years, after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) overturned the initial ruling. The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) yesterday held a press conference at Olympic House to share the news that Caribbean RADO has accepted the decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) that the “athlete should have been sanctioned with a four-year period of ineligibility rather than only one year”.The ban means that for the period Greaves is ineligible from participating in any cycling events sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (ICU) or any of its affiliates thereof, including the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF).Greaves’ initial one-year ban from RADO was set to run from November 1, 2015 to November 1, 2016. However WADA felt the one-year ban was unconstitutional. WADA appealed the case on June 20, 2016.As of January 1, 2015, the WADA code ruled that first-time offenders would be sanctioned with a ban of four years, with the exception that if an athlete can prove the doping was unintentional the ban could be relegated to “at a minimum, a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, and at a maximum, two years of ineligibility”.Alanzo Greaves wins the season’s first race last Saturday.RADO thought Greaves’ incidence could be ruled as unintentional; WADA did not believe there was evidence to support this.Controversy first began for Greaves when his urine sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for prohibited substance testosterone, after the Caribbean RADO carried out random tests on ten cyclists who participated in the `Tour of Guyana’ Five Stage road race which concluded on November 1, 2015.Cyclists from Barbados, Colombia and Jamaica reportedly also had positive tests. This was Greaves’ first violation and he waived his right to have the ‘B’ sample analysed.When the news broke, Greaves and other cyclists, denied the findings, saying they had not been contacted by RADO.However, in a letter through his lawyer, Greaves admitted that while he did not himself take the drug intentionally, he knew prior to November 1 that the drug had been given to him.A letter from Greaves attorney, Gordon Gilhuys, stated, in part, that Greaves “was informed by one of his friends, on October 31 2015, that another friend had put the drug Proviron in his glass”.RADO felt this constituted that Greaves “lacked intention”. WADA did not agree.“The athlete’s attempted explanation that the prohibited substance was ingested by him in ignorance in a “spiked drink” with Proviron by an unidentified “friend” was unparticularised and unsupported by any actual evidence whatsoever,” was the summarisation of WADA’s submission, as declared in the 12-page Arbitral Award issued by the CAS.A press release issued by RADO explained that the new four-year period ban for Greaves would commence from January 5, 2017, but considering time already served Greaves will only have to sit out a further three years, which would see this ban end January 4, 2020.The news comes just as Greaves was trying to recuperate from the blow of that one-year ban, and only days after he captured his first win of the 2017 season in the Ricks & Sari Agro Industries Ltd 24th Annual National Park Cycle Meet.last_img

first_img New Delhi: West Indies were putting up a good fight in the second ODI against India at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday. Evin Lewis slammed his sixth fifty and Nicholas Pooran was finding the boundary on a regular basis as West Indies stayed ahead of the DLS par score after the match was reduced to 46 overs with the Windies chasing a revised target of 270. However, Although Lewis fell for 65, Pooran was still batting well. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s two wickets in the 35th over and a sensational collapse of four wickets for four runs saw West Indies losing by 59 runs. Speaking after the end of the match, West Indies coach Floyd Reifer said the West Indies middle order needed to show grit and fight in order to win matches on a consistent basis.”We got to continue to learn from this experience. Guys in the middle order, we got to show more fight, a bit more grit. More determination to build those longer partnership. Again we were in front today and then we found a way to give away our wickets, so it’s just a matter of us now to learn from our mistakes, continue to learn from our mistakes and try to dig deeper,” Reifer remarked.Reifer said the side was in the rebuilding process and along the path, there will be plenty of bumps. “It’s not an uphill task (to win), like I said in the past interviews, we are rebuilding, we are building our side again. And when you are building a side, you get speed bumps along the way. It’s how you bounce back from them. Our meeting will be how we assess today and things we need to do better going the next game,” Reifer said. West Indies had some things to smile for as Chris Gayle broke Brian Lara’s record of runs in ODIs to becoming the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODIs. In the same game, Gayle had become the first West Indies player to play 300 ODIs. Reifer hailed Gayle’s contribution. “300 game for a West Indian, obviously he is the first to have done it. It is a great achievement I feel honoured to be here working with him. I have played with and against him and now I am coaching so it was great to see his 300th game,” Reifer said. Chris Gayle became the first Windes player to play 300 ODIs.Gayle overtook Brian Lara’s tally of runs in ODIs.India has taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in three-match series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

first_imgWEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST  | KickerIs Amari Cooper playing Sunday night?UPDATE:  Cooper is officially ACTIVE.After an MRI on Thursday, Cooper was diagnosed with a bruised knee, and the initial belief at the time was that he would play on Sunday night against Minnesota. Nothing has changed since then, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported very early Sunday morning . Cooper is a must-start if active. If he’s out, expect more targets for Michael Gallup and a variety of secondary receivers, led by Randall Cobb. Because this is a prime-time game, you should have a backup from either the Cowboys, Vikings, 49ers, or Seahawks to sub in if Cooper is a surprise scratch.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back |  Wide receiver | Tight endIs JuJu Smith-Schuster playing Week 10?UPDATE:  Smith-Schuster is officially ACTIVE.Smith-Schuster (toe) was a late add to the injury report on Friday, though no official clarification was given. He dealt with a toe injury earlier in the season, so the most likely reason is that he aggravated it in practice.If Smith-Schuster is active, he’ll be a boom-or-bust WR3 in a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams defense. If he’s out, Diontae Washington and James Washington will be Pittsburgh’s primary wide receivers, but it’s hard to recommend either with Mason Rudolph under center. If anything, Vance McDonald and Jaylen Samuels will benefit the most. Because this game doesn’t kick off until late in the afternoon, fantasy owners should play it safe and either keep JuJu on their benches or have a fill-in from the late/prime-time games ready to go.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash  | DK GPP |  FD cash  | FD GPPMarquise Brown injury updateUPDATE 2:  Brown is officially ACTIVE.UPDATE 1:  NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Sunday morning that Brown is expected to play. After missing two games prior to Baltimore’s bye and returning for last week’s game against the Patriots, Brown (ankle) is once again listed as “questionable” heading into Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderAt this point, it would be a surprise if he’s out, and as long as he’s active, he’s a worthwhile starter against a Bengals’ defense prone to allowing big plays. If Brown is out, Willie Snead would be the primary beneficiary, but he would still be no more than a deep FLEX play. It’s already been a bad week for wide receivers, with Adam Thielen, A.J. Green, Brandin Cooks, T.Y. Hilton, and Sterling Shepard ruled out (and Corey Davis listed as “doubtful”), and it could get even worse depending on the active/inactive statuses of “questionable” WRs Amari Cooper, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Marquise Brown. Fantasy football owners will be looking for injury updates all morning, afternoon, and evening, and we’ll be providing them below to help with your Week 10 fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions.For the active/inactive status of Le’Veon Bell , click here ; for news on injured QBs  Matthew Stafford  and  Lamar Jackson , go here ; for the Week 10 weather report , click here . Follow us at  @SN_Fantasy  for more news and updates.last_img read more