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Murray, Azarenka handed wild cards for Cincinnati Open

Saturday, 2018-07-28 07:41:13
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Tennis - Wimbledon Preview - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - June 30, 2018 Britain's Andy Murray during practice. (Reuters/Peter Nicholls)
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Former world number ones Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka have been handed wild cards to compete at the Cincinnati Open next month, the tournament's organisers have said.

* Russia's ban from international athletics over widespread doping has been maintained by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the president of the sport's governing body, Sebastian Coe, said on Friday.

* Juan Carlos Osorio, the Colombian coach who led Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup, is to leave his post, he said on Friday. Osorio, who took over El Tri in October 2015, was expected to depart after the finals in Russia, having rejected previous offers from the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to extend his contract.

* Argentine tennis player Patricio Heras has been found guilty of match fixing and suspended until his punishment is confirmed at a later date, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Friday. The 29-year-old was found to have contrived the outcome of a match at the ATP Challenger event in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2015.

* Sporting said on Friday they have filed a complaint to world soccer's governing body FIFA over their former winger Gelson Martins joining Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, asking for the La Liga club and the player to be sanctioned.

* Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel kept Red Bull off the top of the Hungarian Grand Prix practice timesheets on Friday with Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton only fifth fastest for Mercedes. Vettel ended the day with the quickest lap of one minute 16.834 seconds after Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the morning with a best of 1:17.613.

* Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, one of the heroes of their World Cup campaign, has joined AS Monaco from CSKA Moscow on a five-year deal, the two clubs said on Friday (July 27). French media reported Monaco paid around 30 million euros (26.68 million pounds) for the 22-year-old.

* The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday (July 27) dismissed an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke seeking to overturn his 10 year ban from football over corruption.

* Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined EUR3.2 million (US$3.7 million) and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday (July 27). The 33-year-old is accused of evading EUR5.7 million in taxes, but he has denied the allegations.

Reuters, CNA