Peaty calls for more tests on swimmers
LONDON • The swimming authorities need to increase the number of doping tests to preserve the sport's credibility and stop fans turning away, according to Britain's triple world champion and double world record holder Adam Peaty.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating allegations of Russian state doping and an alleged cover-up of positive tests in China that have rocked the sport.
Nedved takes over Becks' role in China
BEIJING • Former Czech Ballon d'Or winner Pavel Nedved, 43, has stepped in to fill the boots of David Beckham as ambassador for the burgeoning Chinese Super League.
The Englishman was appointed three years ago as the first envoy for the cash-rich league that has seen a huge increase in investment as President Xi Jinping attempts to lift standards.
Trainer will back Pac-Man for Rio spot
LOS ANGELES • Trainer Freddie Roach has vowed to back Manny Pacquiao if the boxer decides to take advantage of rule changes, which could see professional fighters allowed to take part in this year's Rio Olympics.
Pacquiao said on Wednesday that he is yet to decide whether he will pursue a spot in the Philippines' Olympic team, appearing to pull back from an earlier statement in which he said he would be honoured to fight in Rio.
Hanyu sure Ten barged into him
TOKYO • Japan's Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has accused Kazakhstan rival Denis Ten of deliberately colliding with him during practice at the world championships, local media reported yesterday.
The 21-year-old, poised to regain his world title in Boston, was in little doubt after watching videos of the incident, which occurred before Wednesday's short programme.
5 US women players claim discrimination
WASHINGTON • Five prominent members of the World Cup champion US women's national football team filed a federal complaint on Wednesday, charging the United States Soccer Federation with wage discrimination, the players' lawyer said.
The players, including stars Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo, charged that the women's team is the driving economic force for US Soccer, though its members are paid less than their male counterparts, lawyer Jeffrey Kessler said yesterday.